Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rocket City, No'ala
Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
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Kids often do need a bit of a push to try things; eating new foods, reading books with no pictures, new rides at the fair, new bikes. Sometimes parents don't push enough, other times they push too hard. It's not an easy job. My Dad had me doing things that would scare the bejeezus out of most parents today but I'm glad he did.
The kid was afraid of the high speed he'd achieve rolling down that hill. The dad shouldn't worry about it, the kid will get faster on the flats, faster on the smaller hills, and then his friends will double-dog dare him to tackle the big hill. The fear of being labelled a sissy or a wuss by one's friends is far greater than disappointing one's father.