Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes: 2012 Colnago Ace road bike, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid
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Exactly! Take him on a bike ride.
Last year my 16 yo grandson tells me he can beat the pants off of me riding and he could do it on any bike. I told him I would bet him $20. He thought I wouldn't take him up on the bet when he let his mouth override his ass and bet me $200.00. So, one day I took him to the park where I ride. It's a seven mile paved loop with two service roads; a one mile service road on one end and a two mile on the other. Before I went to pick him up, he tells me that there is something wrong with his bike and couldn't go, so I tell him he could use either one of my bikes, so he opted for the hybrid so he could "give the old man a break."
So, we are on the short service road going around 8-10 mph and I tell him when we get to the loop kick it in gear and haul butt. We got to the loop and I get the road bike at around 25 mph in no time and look back, no grandson. I pulled over and waited for him and when he finally catches up to me I get 10 reasons why he's having a hard time riding and might not be able to beat me on that day. I tell him I would give him a 30 second head start as the bet was that he had to be ahead of me the entire 7 miles. He takes off, 30 seconds later I take off and soon pass him by, waited for him to catch up and got more excuses. So for the rest of the ride, we pretended that grandma (my wife) was riding with us because she doesn't ride vary fast and we couldn't leave her behind.
I didn't collect from him, but he has never bet grandpa that he could outdo me since then. Also, he hasn't been bike riding with me since then. Sometimes you just have to show these kids that being older doesn't mean you're old.
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2012 Colnago Ace
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