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    Beware--little old lady on a bike!

    My mom got a bike today--tremble!

    She's been wanting one (mainly since I got mine) and a friend who can't bike due to disabilities sold her an old barely-used Schwinn Cruiser Supreme with an enormous seat. It's a 5-speed, which was a relief to me. My mom's a total mechanical coward, and I wasn't looking forward to trying to teach her to use TWO shifters. (As it is, I suspect she will never shift gears. Ever.) I was hoping the bike shop could at least upgrade it to index shifting, but they said they had no parts that would work for anything less than a 7-speed.

    It's at the bike shop now getting a tune-up--been in storage for 15 years, after all--but tomorrow I will be going to pick it up for her, and soon she will be terrorizing the bike trails!

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    Originally posted by Inkwolf
    My mom got a bike today--tremble!

    ils!
    your a very lucky son, wish my mom can ride the bike, unfortunately she is very old at 95 years old,
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    If you do want to upgrade the transmission to something better and simpler, check out the Shimano 7speed internal hub gear.
    My mother got a bike some time ago, a small girls 24" wheel single speeed, but really it was too heavy and to overgeared for the acceleration you need to ride safely on the road. She had no problem riding the bike but didnt like competing with the cars.

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    Oscar... I think Inkwolf is a daugher, actually.

    Inkie... My mom bought a new bike last year. It's a Giant Farrago SE, and she loves it. The last bike she owned was a Raleigh 3sp with that split top-tube women's frame. Now that she has the new bike, she rides it everywhere. It took a short while for her to get used to shifting in 24 speeds, but she has it now. Let's not undersestimate our moms.

    BTW, she's 67 and tougher than a boiled owl.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

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    Originally posted by velocipedio
    Oscar... I think Inkwolf is a daugher, actually.

    ....It took a short while for her to get used to shifting in 24 speeds, but she has it now. Let's not undersestimate our moms.
    Yeah, but this is MY mom, who presses the buttons on her answering machine as if she's afraid it will explode and who, when there's a power outage, lets her clocks all blink on 0:00 until I can come over and reset them for her.

    And yes, Inky is a daughter.

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    My wife, who is not mechanically inclined and who would never consider buying a car with a manual transmission, has no trouble handling my 21-speed, friction-shift mountain bike or her 12-speed friction-shift road bike.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Mike has kindly offered to help teach her to shift, so I have high hopes now.

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    Originally posted by Inkwolf


    Yeah, but this is MY mom, who presses the buttons on her answering machine as if she's afraid it will explode and who, when there's a power outage, lets her clocks all blink on 0:00 until I can come over and reset them for her.

    And yes, Inky is a daughter.
    Inkwolf,
    sorry about that, anywayzs still your a lucky person anyway you look at it....
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    I agree. Not only that my mom can still ride, but that I still have a mom....I know many people aren't so fortunate.

    We picked the bike up from the bike shop today. Not only did they do the tune-up, they WASHED the bike! How very sweet of them!

    Anyway, we went out on the Fox River trail, and as I predicted, she wouldn't touch the shifters. (At least not yet.)

    However, she DID go eight miles without batting an eyelash! I must say I'm impressed, I seem to remember it took me two weeks to build up to an 8-mile trip when I first got back on the bike. Said it was the most fun she's had in years.

    In spite of hating anything mechanical, she has learned to use the internet, and I will have to watch what I say about her now, in case she finds her way to this forum.

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    Originally posted by Inkwolf
    Anyway, we went out on the Fox River trail...

    Said it was the most fun she's had in years.
    Some think cycling is a "fountain of youth." Well, whether it is or not, fun is the whole point!

    Wheeeee!!!!

    (Warms my heart, this one.) My dad used to ride partway to work, even had a "license plate" on his bike. Had a picture of Woodstock (the "Peanuts" bird) doing a wheelie on a bike, along with my dad's name: "Bill Clark." I still have the plate.



    (He's 79 now, living in Estes Park, Colorado with mom.)
    No worries

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    Originally posted by LittleBigMan

    Some think cycling is a "fountain of youth."
    Weeeellllll, she DID squirt me with her water bottle and blame it on second childhood....

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    Wow Inkwolf
    You're lucky I wish my mom (84) would ride. She still teaches 1 math class per year and does other stuff, but never rode a bike. Maybe I could get her back to horses...
    Joe

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    the only reason that i got my bike is because my mom felt bad that she took me to look and then once i found one for her she told me that we could go. So once we were paying I say my bike and then took it out for a ride so while i was out she got it for me. So in all i say a mom on a bike is not at all a bad thing!

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