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A little sunshine-Grand Daughters Bike-Epilogue

Old 01-23-19, 10:05 AM
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A little sunshine-Grand Daughters Bike-Epilogue

Last fall I finished the build of my oldest (8) granddaughter’s bike built from a Fuji Absolute Mixte frame/fork to a finished bike shared with you in this forum. It was shipped to France and we followed soon after to see our new fourth granddaughter. The big box sat in their garage and was subjected to many inquiring hands and speculations, but awaited our arrival for its opening. Then the day arrived and upon seeing her first real adult sized bike, 700c wheels/triple front chain rings, the pain of a 9 hour flight with nerve impingement still awaiting authorization for surgery was forgotten with two words “MY BIKE”. And no we were not going to wait, out into the wet and cold of a winter day we went and with Dad in pursuit she wobbled back and forth down her street. Time passed other interests and life occurred, and a bike sat waiting in the garage.

And then a phone call early yesterday morning from France. A voice I’ve known since birth: “Grandpa, I did it, I rode four times around my neighborhood all by myself.” The joy of self discovery poured forth, the retelling of those crucial moments we forget, to stop a bike and to start a bike, to lean it over, rotate the pedal up and then step and jump up in the seat “Grandpa that was hard”. Fear had been overcome. She and her bike were free.

A little bit of sunshine came through the phone receiver that morning, enough to last until spring.
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Old 01-23-19, 10:13 AM
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Last fall I finished the build of my oldest (8) granddaughter’s bike built from a Fuji Absolute Mixte frame/fork to a finished bike shared with you in this forum. It was shipped to France and we followed soon after to see our new fourth granddaughter. The big box sat in their garage and was subjected to many inquiring hands and speculations, but awaited our arrival for its opening. Then the day arrived and upon seeing her first real adult sized bike, 700c wheels/triple front chain rings, the pain of a 9 hour flight with nerve impingement still awaiting authorization for surgery was forgotten with two words “MY BIKE”. And no we were not going to wait, out into the wet and cold of a winter day we went and with Dad in pursuit she wobbled back and forth down her street. Time passed other interests and life occurred, and a bike sat waiting in the garage.

And then a phone call early yesterday morning from France. A voice I’ve known since birth: “Grandpa, I did it, I rode four times around my neighborhood all by myself.” The joy of self discovery poured forth, the retelling of those crucial moments we forget, to stop a bike and to start a bike, to lean it over, rotate the pedal up and then step and jump up in the seat “Grandpa that was hard”. Fear had been overcome. She and her bike were free.

A little bit of sunshine came through the phone receiver that morning, enough to last until spring.
Great story! the next chapter will be when Grandpa and the granddaughter take a ride together.
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Old 01-23-19, 10:15 AM
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Awesome story - thanks for sharing it. I agree - happiness will definitely be there when you can ride with her.
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Beautiful! That makes it all worth it! Thank you for sharing the sunshine.
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the joy of bikes and another generation started.... well done sir
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Old 01-23-19, 12:56 PM
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Thanks all.

Grandma retires in 18 months, and we train in spin class and look forward to the day when we are again time rich/money poor. I shared with granddaughter that we would be bringing our tandem to France after grandma retired and she is "Excited" to go riding with grandma and grandpa. So I gotta get the surgery behind me and the pounds off, because childhood is something you get to experience as often as they invite you to play.

I think I will be busy too, once one starts enjoying bike rides the other granddaughters are sure to follow, what a happy work ahead.

Again my thanks for advice and support.
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Well done! Worthy of the grandpa title, I'd say.
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Beautiful! Cost of bike = X. Hearing those words from your grandaughter = priceless.
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Excellent. Hoping to experience similar in a few years.
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You're killin' me here. I almost started sobbing and blubbering at my desk.
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But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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That is so awesome.
Well done and good on ya!
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I don't think of myself as the sentimental type, but I enjoyed reading this. These are the things that mean more-and-more to me every day that I didn't think about much when I was younger.

Some of the better bike memories that I have are from recent trips back to my parents' home. My sister's youngest daughter seems to love riding, but she only rides when she's at her grandparents' home. I rode slow laps with her for hours in the same back alley where I made the same loop many times. Hopefully I will get closer to this soon. I should know within a couple weeks whether I landed a good job back in the USA in the city near them.
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Fabulous! On a side note, did you use bikeflights or someone else?
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I used bike flights, but had my builder friend pack the bike for shipment after I used foam pipe insulation to wrap the entire frame and fork. Everything made the trip with no damage, they even did pick up and delivered to my granddaughters home. Cost seemed reasonable and so much easier than me trying to horse a bike box from the airport to the train.
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I used bike flights, but had my builder friend pack the bike for shipment after I used foam pipe insulation to wrap the entire frame and fork. Everything made the trip with no damage, they even did pick up and delivered to my granddaughters home. Cost seemed reasonable and so much easier than me trying to horse a bike box from the airport to the train.
Thank you. I had a friend take a frame to the USA from France, but I built castors in to the box, and a decent handle! Bikeflights were a bit more expensive than I was expecting, still looking at ways to bet bikes over there.
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I vote Grandpa of the year, awesome! I'm sure she will cherish that moment for a lifetime.
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Oh, I love the photo too! Poetry.
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Great story, very nicely told!
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