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Old 12-10-06, 04:06 AM   #1
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Met a girl who can't ride a bike

This girl is a friend of a friend. 18 years old, and from Copenhagen, Denmark - a place where "everyone" bikes. Yet she can't ride a bike.

As it turned out, she has a balance problem, but you could never tell if you met her.

How sad, to not be able to learn how to ride a bike.
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Old 12-10-06, 04:46 AM   #2
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What she can't even ride this?

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Old 12-10-06, 05:05 AM   #3
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Teach her the basics right from the start-beginning with cleaning your bike and polishing the frame.

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Yeah, I mentioned both tandems and trikes to her, but I don't think she's very interested in it anyway.

She can't even run. Or walk a straight line.
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That seriously blows.
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Is she blonde....?
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Our kids have mitochondrial disease and one of the issues our 10-year-old daughter has is muscular in nature. This has affected her abitily to balance and keep a bike upright. We got her a 24" wheeled trike and she loves it. She's now one of my weekend riding partners. If you can borrow or rent one and let your friend try it out, she may end up loving it.
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Balance problems aren't all that uncommon. I'm afraid I'm slowly progressing in that direction, and I'm not blonde.

Many people so afflicted may find that 3 wheelers will suit them, if they really need to cycle. Maybe I had better start checking them out!
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One reason:

http://www.entnet.org/healthinfo/balance/meniere.cfm

This affects my wife, mother-in-law, and a female friend.

None are blonde.
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Her problem is congenital. And she's not a blonde...

In any case, she's not really interested in exercise at all.

I just wanted to remind people that not everyone is fortunate enough to even be able to ride a bike (even though I suppose a trike would do it in her case).
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i guess we figure all danes are really athletic,but there must be one or two who aren't big on sports.
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Our kids have mitochondrial disease and one of the issues our 10-year-old daughter has is muscular in nature. This has affected her abitily to balance and keep a bike upright. We got her a 24" wheeled trike and she loves it. She's now one of my weekend riding partners. If you can borrow or rent one and let your friend try it out, she may end up loving it.
Glad there are options availble for you and your family to be able to bypass this obsticle and ride together. Always recunbent trikes as well for when she gets older if she still wants to ride.
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In any case, she's not really interested in exercise at all.
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Then nevermind what I said about renting or borrowing a trike.

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Glad there are options availble for you and your family to be able to bypass this obsticle and ride together. Always recunbent trikes as well for when she gets older if she still wants to ride.
Thanks. When dealing with any sort of deficiencies, (physical or otherwise), parents have to walk a fine line between pushing kids to challenge themselves and making accommodations.

And she's already told me her next trike is going to be a tadpole.
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In any case, she's not really interested in exercise at all.
Gee, of course she isn't. If you grow up being way worse at something than anyone else you know, you'd quickly lose interest for that activity, I'm sure.
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Gee, of course she isn't. If you grow up being way worse at something than anyone else you know, you'd quickly lose interest for that activity, I'm sure.
You don't need much balance to use an stationary bike, or machines in a gym, and she doesn't do that either. She enjoys yoga, though. Seems it's dynamic balance she has a problem with, and not static balance. If you understand what I mean.
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You don't need much balance to use an stationary bike, or machines in a gym, and she doesn't do that either.
Neither do I. Boring like hell!

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How about a TANDEM recumbent trike?
Then you can go any speed, not fall over, stay together! Wonderful!
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and I happen to have an extra one, in case you're interested
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Wow, I didn't even know such things existed. How much for one?
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Greenspeeds or Ice's usually go for north of 8 grand new. But I'm a hagglein' kind a guy on this used one!
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You don't need much balance to use an stationary bike, or machines in a gym, and she doesn't do that either.
Found out yesterday that, while she isn't at the moment, she was very active in the gym until a year and a half ago. Her bench press 1RM was 94 kg (207 lbs)!
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Wow, I didn't even know such things existed. How much for one?
Greenspeeds or Ice's usually go for north of 8 grand new. But I'm a hagglein' kind a guy on this used one!
Get a room, you two. Don't push it any further here in the open.

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I met a girl the other night at a bar who couldn't ride a bike...or drive..or really walk home..after such a long night of drinking..
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