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    'Ol man Stevegor

    ...is a POP for the first time, and before he's 50 !!

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    Grand plans of rides in the country side with R20 and baby seat...."Go faster Pop, go faster".
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    Hey congrats!!!! I had my son at age 48... It's a joy, but say goodbye to life as you previously knew it...

    Just to keep this thread on topic, here's me and son Nicholas on my folding recumbent conversion. I used it to take him to pre-school. He was the envy of the school, I don't mind saying...


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    Congratulations.Big responsibilty just starting for you.Enjoy.I find my grandkids more fun than my kids were,lol.I can give em back when they get fussy.All worth it in the end though.

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    Congrats, I have two girls and they are precious. Enjoy your time with her.
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    Congratulations!

    I became the father of six at age 46. The youngest was two when I came on the scene.

    The journey is not always what you think it will or should be, but what a ride...

    I'm into the grandkid phase now as well and hope to introduce then to trail-a-bikes in the near future.

    I can still remember when my youngest was three and he decided to get off the trail-a-bike when we we going about 5-10 miles per hour. He survived, but never did that again. I can also remember getting him his first bike helmet and watching him do a headder onto the helmet on his trike at age two. Didn't even phase him... Never forget the helmets and other safety gear.

    You have a lot to look forward to!
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    It appears that the folderisti make cool dads! Congratulations guys, I had my son in my mid 30's, he is 11 now.

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    Wow. Congrats!

    I'm not 50 yet and all my children are grownups now, if they were quicker off the mark I could be gramps!
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    My dad was 48 when I was born.

    Hey i used to do time trials with the local bike club. I had a Bob Jackson then. One man used his Alan training bike. He had a baby seat on it. One time he left his daughter in the seat while racing. He cam right past me. :/

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    Thanks guys.

    We went in to the hospital to see our grand daughter this morning, 8lb 1/2 oz, my daughter's first child.
    I've never been taken by babies, but I think I'm becoming a besotted grand pop real quick.

    Looking forward to cycling/camping trips in the Aussie bush......camp fires, climbing boulders, bush walks and lifting rocks to find lizards, scorpions, centipedes and other creepy stuff. Just like I did with my kids.

    That's why I still ride my bikes most days and train like when I raced, so I can be an active POP!!
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    Ooops, translation error. I thought you were a first time Dad. I guess Pop means Grandpa in your language....

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    Woo hoo! Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Ooops, translation error. I thought you were a first time Dad. I guess Pop means Grandpa in your language....
    Same here. It is confusing when people writing other languages with US characters ;-)

    BTW, nice recumbent conversion.

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    Congratulations !!!

    I am old enough to be a "pop" but got a late start... my oldest daughter was my 32nd birthday present and as she won't even be allowed to date until she is 35 I won't be a grandpa until I am 67.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Ooops, translation error. I thought you were a first time Dad. I guess Pop means Grandpa in your language....
    Sorry about that,

    You have to remember that we Aussies are still a bit Neanderthal....our vocabulary is usually more grunts than words.

    I used "POP" 'cos "Grandpa" sounds soooooo OLD!!
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    LLongyfarchiadau! (congrats in Welsh!) I've got three (one of each!) Take a good look at your living room etc, it will never be the same again for the next 30 years! LOL!
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    Guess I'm a bit behind most. I'm 66 and my grandson is 12, today.

    Here's a shot from a couple of weeks ago on the Velodrome in Redmond, WA. (He's the one on the right.)

    He's an avid track racer and a member of their Jr. Development Team - Team Zoom.

    I played baseball/softball - doubt he ever will - but track racing is way cool.

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    Congrats! I'm sure you're already imagining the rides you can have together and the bikes you can build/customise!

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    Already doing bike oriented things together. I recently built a tool board for him and his mom, who currently maintains the families growing bike fleet.

    He rode wife's Pocket Crusoe on their recent trip down to SoCA to visit us, and his mother reported that he really liked it. (I'm not going to consider buying him a folder until he stops growing!)

    'Stevegor' has some stuff to look forward to when he gets to 60+...lol

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    I just hope I'm still fit, healthy and riding at 60....that's my goal.

    "Hey Pop, where are we riding today?"
    "Wherever you like, little one, wherever you like"
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
    I just hope I'm still fit, healthy and riding at 60....that's my goal.

    "Hey Pop, where are we riding today?"
    "Wherever you like, little one, wherever you like"
    My recommendation: "Just keep riding." That's my motto - and I hope to keep doing it through age 85, if not more...

    Just one caution, be prepared to be humbled as you both get older. Three years ago, I could outrun my grandson on his multi-speed BMX bike with my Dahon single-speed. A couple of months ago he (at age 11) could drop me and my NWT anytime he wanted on his new GIANT Defy3 road bike. Even his mother (age 42 and in good shape) is contemplating getting a 105 level road bike so she has a chance of keeping up with him. His dad, who plays basketball, but has never ridden very much, just shakes his head.

    Yes, I'm enjoying it - you will, too. (Below is shot of grandson and I on our last ride - the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle. Very innocent looking kid, but not when he's on a bike.)

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    Great shot of you and your grandson, I'm sure he will remember you and the great times together with much fondness.
    My own son at about that age attacked me on a local mountain climb, we were riding together then all of a sudden off he went and gained 20 mtrs, then fatigued. Me? years of riding/racing taught me to pace up to him and stay with him...then off he'd go again. Pace back up to him, off again. Last time I rode away from him with the frustrated gasp ringing in my ears.."How do you do that?"

    Now he's 18, fit and fast and very lean 'n mean......it takes all the wiles and trickery of road racing to outfox him!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Hey congrats!!!! I had my son at age 48... It's a joy, but say goodbye to life as you previously knew it...

    Just to keep this thread on topic, here's me and son Nicholas on my folding recumbent conversion. I used it to take him to pre-school. He was the envy of the school, I don't mind saying...

    SesameCrunch,

    That photo is simply beautiful.

    May you enjoy his excitement always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
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    Now he's 18, fit and fast and very lean 'n mean......it takes all the wiles and trickery of road racing to outfox him!!
    Your lucky to have some racing/riding experience and can apply it to riding with your son. unfortunately, I have no competitive bicycle riding experience - just baseball experience, AND there is an almost 55 year age difference!!! LOL The wife and I just enjoy being out there riding with him and his mom (our daughter).

    Most grandparents our age don't appear to get involved in physical activity with their grand kids. It's nice to be able to do it.

    Lou

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    Funny thing with my son is....he's always late, so when we ride together into school/college it's usually a team time trial situation. FLAT OUT!! I've noticed he's getting stronger so we share the pace evenly now....soon I'll be the one hanging on the back for dear life. My aim is that as he gets older and stronger he'll keep me fit.....till he slaughters me.

    With my granddaughter, I'm looking forward to gentle pootles around mystical scenic lakes and quiet enchanted forests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevegor View Post

    With my granddaughter, I'm looking forward to gentle pootles around mystical scenic lakes and quiet enchanted forests.
    It would be funny if your grand daughter ends up becoming the bike racer...lol

    Lou

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