Talented kid- where to direct him?
I met a very talented kid at the Chicago Bike Show- he is VERY adept at fixing bikes, he has a very good vocabulary and really likes cycling. I believe he's somewhere about 12- 13 years old. Anywho... he's very interested in doing something with bike mechanics, and he's also interested in doing some bmx racing. I think he also likes doing downhill racing too.
What I'm looking for is information to push him in the right direction. He lives on the north side of Chicago, and what I was hoping was that someone could point me in the direction of a bike shop or a team that would be interested in working with him. He's a really good kid- I enjoyed hanging out with him after the bike show ended on Sunday. We talked a lot about bikes, and he even did some minor tweaking to my folding bike too, which helped me out a lot.
The kid's family doesn't have money growing on trees or anything. No sign of the father, but lives with his mother, grandmother and sister. Limited income. But good family, and I really think he will go places.
Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, etc. would be appreciated.