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Old 05-01-08, 01:06 AM   #1
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A dad must brag a little...

Mebbe this belongs in F&R but you guys are my other family...

Perhaps you saw this little girl riding her bike the other day...

Dani's first ride !

I am so proud of my little girl (she's 8) as she has really worked hard at learning how to ride and even today when she got home she had to go out and practice riding despite the cool temperatures and constant rain.

At dinner she was eating broccoli and had second helpings along with the butter chicken and rice... like her dad she also loves her curry.

She explained that she had to get all her food groups so she could be strong enough and have enough energy for riding her bike and has also been doing arm curls with the 5 pound hand weights (she's barely 40 pounds) and I even caught her doing sit ups.

She wants to be stronger... for cycling.

It's not hard to tell where she got this from and she has even inspired her older and much more bookish sister to get out and work on her skills and she said that riding her bike was the best thing ever and wants to get out when it stops raining.

Perhaps she has a future as a pro cyclist...

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Old 05-01-08, 02:57 AM   #2
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You're suppose to put it on youtube so we can make a bunch of ******** comments about it.

**** I'll do it anyway:
Looks like she's got taking the lane down, but she should have stopped and yelled at that guy for walking the wrong way on the street.
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Excellent!

My 6 yr old was giving advice to one of his classmates yesterday on putting a plastic bag over your bike seat when you park it for the day so it doesn't get rained on all day and get your bottom wet on the ride home.
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Excellent!

My 6 yr old was giving advice to one of his classmates yesterday on putting a plastic bag over your bike seat when you park it for the day so it doesn't get rained on all day and get your bottom wet on the ride home.


I have created a fiend... the girl wanted broccoli in her lunch today.
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Awesome story Sixty. I love riding with my boys. My three year old came home from school the other day, immediately put on his helmet, and wore it all through dinner time, as we were doing for a ride after dinner. He wanted to go out and practice on his bike before the ride, and kept reminding me of that fact as I tried to get food on the table.

Like your daughter, both boys ate all their food, so they would have energy for riding. That and I told them no bike ride if the did not eat well.
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I spent a little time in the shop today tricking out the girl's ride... it needed a new saddle and got ergo grips, I hooked up a front brake ( moto style), replaced the chain with a KMC rustless, and of course, put on new uber pink 2.125 tyres.



Added a serious bell too...



Had to get this sticker...



And the girl was ecstatic over the upgrades and took to using the front brake immediately... I set it up with a longer lever with reach adjust so she can get good leverage and a light action.



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Do those tires come in a 26" size? Want...
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Me too.

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Dig the lavender rims too.

6 yr old is content w/ superflash blinky & headlight (which he has to unclip and bring into school, has had one stolen already). And oh yes a bell.

3 yr old won't ride w/o sippy cup of lemonade and stuffed bunny in basket:

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Sweet. Such a proud moment. For some reason they really love the front brake don't they? My 7yo wanted one right away. Here's my 10yo, 7yo, and 3yo.

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Great pictures...

Hardy - I love the look on you daughter's face and of course you need a tippy cup full of lemonade.

I like the looks on the faces of the couple behind the kids.

Mom's are welcome to post their pics too...
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That's awesome! You're a lucky dad!
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All dads are lucky...
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I'm diggin' the wellies on that child! Does she happen to wear size 6?

Also, I have a HelloKitty helmet....in case one is needed by anyone .

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I spent a little time in the shop today tricking out the girl's ride... it needed a new saddle and got ergo grips, I hooked up a front brake ( moto style), replaced the chain with a KMC rustless, and of course, put on new uber pink 2.125 tyres...

Is she a Mod or a Rocker?
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I will drink to that. To be a dad is to be blessed in life. Hard work, but ohhhh so worth it.
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Y'all have such adorable kids!
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3 yr old won't ride w/o sippy cup of lemonade and stuffed bunny in basket:

What a beautiful little girl.

Geez, it's amazing what 5 minutes of work can produce...along with a lifetime of followup. You must be very proud Hardy.
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They are lots of fun, no doubt. 6 yr old rode in the street today going to school, a delivery truck was blocking his preferred sidewalk route. Pretty funny, he asked 'which side of the road do I ride on, again?', just wanted to double check I guess before he hopped the curb and was off. It's a neighborhood so pretty much safe enough for what he did.

I like that footrest on the trail-a-bike BlastRadius! My own 3 yr old really likes to sit on ours but I haven't taken steps to set her up to ride on it. Mostly it's for moving the 6 yr old at closer to road-like speeds, and the 3 yr old goes in a trailer for that sort of thing. But she is totally Type A do it herself, and he is totally Type Z 'whatever, dude', so she is always pushing her edges and he is pretty much not.
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My youngest daughter and I went for a good ten blocks last night through the 'hood and picked up ice cream.. she really liked beiung able to carry that home in her basket.

It was too funny... every time a car passed us she'd say "maniac!"

The force runs strong in this one.

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Sweet. Such a proud moment. For some reason they really love the front brake don't they? My 7yo wanted one right away. Here's my 10yo, 7yo, and 3yo.

Henry's kids rock. I love this picture.
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I spent a little time in the shop today tricking out the girl's ride... it needed a new saddle and got ergo grips, I hooked up a front brake ( moto style), replaced the chain with a KMC rustless, and of course, put on new uber pink 2.125 tyres.



Added a serious bell too...



Had to get this sticker...



And the girl was ecstatic over the upgrades and took to using the front brake immediately... I set it up with a longer lever with reach adjust so she can get good leverage and a light action.



She is obviously on EPO!
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It was too funny... every time a car passed us she'd say "maniac!"
That's fantastic. I really have to work on my traffic vocabulary w/ my kids.
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My kids have a day off from school today...

She brought me my morning coffee today and had already done her hair, had her helmet on, and her reflective leg band strapped on.

She's presently riding up and down the block under the watchful eye of her big brother, sister, and the dogs and in a little while we are going down to dad's shop to do some wrenching.

She wants to be able to ride to the shop with me on Saturdays... it's a 20 km round trip and we might use the trail a bike for that.
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65'r...looks like you are doing a good job with them.
You are to be commended!
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