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    How old were you when you first started bicycling?

    How old were you or what was your age when you started bicycling?
    By this, I mean riding a bicycle...and not a stationary exercise bicycle.
    I just thought I'd ask. I was seven when I started. How about anyone else?

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    Five! On two wheels, never even knew about training wheels.

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    i've been biking for as long as i can remember. i can remember riding around the block at my grandparents place on a tricycle and taking my training wheel off my bike when i was 5 or 6 all by myself.

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    My training wheels came off at 2. I had couple of cousins who spent a day teaching me to ride.
    Fast forward 38 years ... I started riding for health and sport about 4 years ago.
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    Preschool.

    Dad brought home an old cruiser-style bike, 16" wheels, been brush-painted baby blue; no training wheels, took me 2 seconds to fall off. I still have the memory of Dad riding it perfectly straight down Grandma's front sidewalk, to show me the bike was fine, no problems.... He got training wheels for it, I rode it, eventually they came back off, and the REAL riding started...with the next bike, a Schwinn Stingray.

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    I taught myself to ride a bike at age 5 1/2, inspired by reading Curious George Rides A Bike. I figured if he could do it, I could learn. I went to the house of a girl I knew and borrowed her bike (no training wheels) and practiced in her driveway for a couple of hours till I knew how to start, stop and steer. I picked a girls bike because I figured it would be easier than dealing with the top tube of a boys bike.


    Then for my 6th birthday, my Dad got me this. It was way too large;



    and I had to learn all over again. Start by standing on a stool and stop by crashing; and that kind of thing.
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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I think I was five when I got my first bike.

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    I was 6 and my grandparents got me and my 5 year old brother 20 inch wheeled bikes from Sears. We quickly mastered sideways power skids in the gravel.

    A couple years later Stingrays were all the rage, so Dad brought home ape hanger bars and banana seats to convert our bikes. Best Dad Ever.

    When he brought home Wammo wheelie bars Mom put her foot down and said no way. No problem, we quickly mastered proper wheelies.
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    Curious George? Did your girl freind wear a yellow dress?

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    I was 6, rode the first day like I'd been doing it forever. Or at least 6 years.
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    Big wheel until age 4 and then Dad brought home a used Schwinn Stingray that was a groovy green color. The shifter was awesome but it was clunky and pretty rough to shift. When you would go through the gears it made a loud "CLACK! CLACK! CLACK!" sound. I remember tryin to shift on the move like my big brother on his 10 speed and dumped it right there in the driveway. (Ahhhhhh! Pfffffffffft Ahhhhhhh! Pfffffffft Ahhhhhhh!)

    On my 8th Birthday I got a brand new Huffy BMX dirt bike from the K-mart store. I recall being totally stoked by the knobby tires, pads and whole "dirt bike" feel about it.

    Good times man.. good times.

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    I got a tricycle at 3 or 4 and a two-wheeler at 6. I'm not sure they had stationary bicycles back then!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    Curious George? Did your girl friend wear a yellow dress?
    What five year old boy notices the color of a dress a girl is wearing? I was just lucky there weren't too many cooties on the bike.
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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    6. Started riding the mile to school 6 months later.

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    Probably around 6, before then I'd ride up and down the street on my Big Wheel pulling on the brake to slide to a stop. I think my first bike with training wheels had solid tires.

    I remember my dad did the final assembly himself on my first tiny BMX type bike without training wheels but forgot to tighten the handlebars and they popped right off causing me to wipeout on our gravel driveway. I thought it was pretty funny. No one wore helmets back then, and we had real lawn darts, ah the good old days.

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    I got my first big wheel when I was 2 or 3.

    I got an even more b!tching big wheel when I was 4.

    When I was 5 my older sister taught me to ride her old schwinn two-wheeler.

    I rode her old schwinn until I was 7 and got a Columbia dirt bike from sears. Getting my own bike instead of riding my sister's old hand me down bike was easily one of the best days of my entire childhood.
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    Hmm... I think it was maybe 5 or 6?
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    Five or six, learned to ride by coasting down the hill and crashing into the neighbor's carport...good thing the car wasn't there.

    First bike was a "curb special" that my dad will have picked out of the trash and rebuilt and repainted for me. IIRC it was white frame with gold accents, 20" wheels no fenders. Have to see if there is a picture somewhere.

    Then went a couple of years without a decent bike. First new bike was when I was 10 and it was a red Western Flyer base model. Wore that puppy out!

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    Ya know, pretty much 5 like everybody else. I got serious about road riding for a period in high school, then again for a time in graduate school after I got my license suspended for speeding on my motorcycle and I inherited a road bike from my GF's roomate :-** Then again much later in life, ~14 years ago till now...

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    I don't remember exactly, but I was about 5 when I recall taking the training wheels off and going face down into the mud and water. For some reason I remember feeling awesome and happy that I rode as long as I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Five or six, learned to ride by coasting down the hill and crashing into the neighbor's carport...good thing the car wasn't there.

    First bike was a "curb special" that my day will have picked out of the trash and rebuilt and repainted for me. IIRC it was white frame with gold accents, 20" wheels no fenders. Have to see if there is a picture somewhere.

    Then went a couple of years without a decent bike. First new bike was when I was 10 and it was a red Western Flyer base model. Wore that puppy out!

    Aaron
    lucky you. my dad never rebuilt the bikes he gave me as long as they worked fine. i think i got my first brand new bike when i was 7 or 8 and i still drive it when i go and visit my grandparents.

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    I started riding so young I don't remember it. First a tricycle, then a bike with training wheels. I do remember the first time I rode down my grandparents driveway without training wheels. I was very excited. I quit riding when I turned 18 and didn't start again for nearly 20 years.

    My daughter didn't start riding until she was 7, but that's because she had an over-protective mother. She's an adult now, and rides occasionally for transportation. She doesn't have a car.
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    I moved from a tricycle to a bicycle around age 3. The training wheels came off at age 4.

    Bicycles have stuck with me throughout my entire life. To this day, I have never had a drivers license.

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    4 - which means if I live another 2 1/2 years (and planet X and the mayans don't take us all out next year) I'll have been doing it for half a century!
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