Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
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kids take to it pretty quickly. the team i managed this year had a development squad of a half-dozen peewees, and they took to the sport like pigs to mud. there was another kid on the circuit this year, on another team, who outrode a lot of the masters.
the key, i think, is to keep it fun [after all, you're just playing in the mud] and don't make it training. make it riding a fun obstacle course. also, outfit the kid with an appropriate bike. a 40-lb kona jumping bike will be a hard ride and carry. a lightweight xc mtb or one of the 24" wheel redline cyclo-cross bikes would be better.