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    Quote Originally Posted by KZBrian View Post
    Raising 5 boys, with 3 still at home with a non-biking wife. I have gladly taken on the role of family bike mechanic, because I like to work on bikes. I have trained the older boys on basic maintenance tasks. 2 bikes have been handed down at least 3 times, with a few others handed down once or twice.
    Craigslist is my friend.

    Your family is sort of like mine, though I only had two girls, but now I have grandkids so slowly but surely they too will be needing my services for their bikes, and we have a teenage friend who's dad died and he stays with us on most weekends and I've taught him some stuff on how to fix his bike and he's helped me dabble with my cars so he'll know some things when he gets one. And my wife isn't a big cyclist either, she thinks she's gone far when she pedals for 7 miles. She thought I was nuts for years riding as much as I do, but she's use to me doing that after 30 plus years.

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    This is one of my favorite parts of being a dad, taking care of all the bikes in the garage. I get the kids to help pump up the tires, oil the chains, and do the general pre ride brake checks. The rest of the stuff I have to take care of on my own, the kids are too young to stay engaged and really care about fixing derailleurs.

    I've started to take on work from my neighbors, too. THere are a couple of kids around here who's dads can't fix anything, and I'm trying to teach those kids how so we can get rid of the "un-handy" gene in one generation, rather than let it get passed on.

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    I fix all the bikes for me and my wife and my son and his family. My grandson has been riding a 2 wheeler since he was 3. He is now 6 in the spring I am going to buy him a complete bicycle tool box and teach him how to repair his own bike.

    I fixed about 25 flats this year lol
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    thought I'd get out of it this year, but now plans are in the works for a trip to the Vineyard. bikes will undoubtedly follow ... mine will for sure and wifey insists hers is not staying at home
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbojo View Post
    Very well thought out and reasonable response, I commend you on keeping your cool. I would have had a hard time responding in such a civil manner.

    Jimbo
    +1 on that. I'd be banned for responding to such a rude post by "Parent of the Year."

    I'm pretty much responsible for the bikes and automobiles in our household. My "incompetent and lazy wife" takes care of things like making sure the checkbook is balanced, bills are paid, etc. I don't bother her with such things as bikes and automobiles, but she WILL help me out when I need it, so she does pick up on things. There are more than a few instances where I'd been messing with things for an hour, and then she'll come out and discover an easier way of doing things and whatever it is will be done in 10 minutes or less. Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective.

    If there's a bike repair to be made or an adjustment to make, I'll do it myself, and if I screw it up, I haul it off to the LBS to have it fixed. I also make sure to observe what's happening, so maybe in the future, I'll be able to tackle it myself.

    I got my parents bikes last year, and whenever I drive up to see them, I usually fill the tires or adjust stuff...
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    I do most of it, but I can't keep up with the different things my children want me to do to their bicycles. At the moment, my oldest daughter wants to switch her knobby tires for smooth ones, and also wants to ride the mixte frame which belonged to my mother, and which is hanging on the wall. I think she can probably change the tires herself, but I don't think she's ready to build up the mixte frame into a bicycle. My son wants me to transfer his generator lights from his old bicycle to his new (to him) one. I'll probably help him with that when I get around to it.
    I like working on bicycles, so I don't see it as a burden. When I was young, my father was anything but mechanically inclined, so I learned a fair bit about bicycles, much of it from the father of a friend of mine, who was a pretty enthusiastic cyclist. Since I know how to fix things, there's less of an inclination for my children to learn. My oldest, though, has asked me to show her things, on occasion.

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    It's called 'co-dependency' and we do it to feel valuable, and they do it to feel cared for. One can always say NO, so I've been told, and learn to accept that the 'guilt' is theirs. Or continue to do it with a loving heart. Not that I've succeeded either way, but it's what I'm being 'guided' to do. When you've got it figured out, let me know. Be well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdlange View Post
    It's called 'co-dependency' and we do it to feel valuable, and they do it to feel cared for. One can always say NO, so I've been told, and learn to accept that the 'guilt' is theirs. Or continue to do it with a loving heart. Not that I've succeeded either way, but it's what I'm being 'guided' to do. When you've got it figured out, let me know. Be well...
    I'll be the first to admit that fixing my wife's bike makes me feel "helpful," but I also just enjoy the whole aspect of tinkering with a bicycle. I just enjoy messing with stuff.
    - Dan \m/

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