Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Whittier, CA
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix
Good for you Dad! I'm a little ahead of you, age wise - my 11 yr old son goes out with me 1-2 times a week and our typical route is about 10 miles / 700 feet (it's hilly here but then knowing where you are I doubt we have much on you).
I got him his first road bike in March and he'll be going to Tour de Palm Springs with me this weekend - the wife and both kids will do the 25 mile ride (his second time!) while I'm goofing off on the century.
He hasn't gotten particularly faster either but I'm determined to keep it fun and enjoyable, so I don't care. One thing I picked up last year that has really improved his enjoyment is a cardo bk-1 duo (helmet intercoms). He talks so much I'm tempted to tell him he'd go faster if he used more of his breath on cycling...
but seriously, he loves having me all to himself for an hour or so. They retail for about $400 for two, but you can find them on ebay for about half that if you look. Now he can ride behind me and we can still chat up a storm (he has never liked riding next to me)
We also hit SART a few times last month - we drove to the big A and rode to the beach and back. The winds aren't that bad and if you're worried, hit the path early in the morning when the winds are calm, spend some time eating down in Seal Beach and then enjoy a nice tail wind back.
We've also gotten together with a few other forum members for a kid's ride on SART - I think they all had a great time and to quote one of them "Its nice not riding with old people all the time"
Anyway, keep it fun and she'll enjoy riding with you for a long time to come.
"No self-respecting man rides 70 miles and has salad at a pizza joint!" - PhotoJoe
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