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Took my Grandson out for his first ride.

Old 10-13-20, 11:19 AM
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Took my Grandson out for his first ride.

New to me 1982 Super Sport, not yet overhauled, pulling my 18 month old grandson along through the neighborhood on a new to me Instep trailer.
My grandson loved it, my legs, not so much. My neighborhood is full of hills. This should make me a stronger climber. Lol




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Old 10-13-20, 11:55 AM
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This put a wide grin on my face.
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Old 10-13-20, 12:38 PM
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I'd have to put him on my back, papoose style.
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Your SS is in wayyyy nicer shape than mine!
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Thatís a really nice Panasonic-made sport tourer.
I remember a few years when I didnít ride without one of those trailers behind me. When it came off I couldnít believe how nimble the bike felt.
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great to see a future C&V'er getting "imprinted" . he will probably never forget this ride with granddad.
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I am looking forward to my time to have grand kids.
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That's great. I'm sure you arent going far and have parent support but may I recommend doing a full overhaul so you arent stranded by a mechanical failure?
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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
New to me 1982 Super Sport, not yet overhauled, pulling my 18 month old grandson along through the neighborhood on a new to me Instep trailer.
My grandson loved it, my legs, not so much. My neighborhood is full of hills. This should make me a stronger climber. Lol




Great stuff here.

I would suggest building the SS up as a comfortable as possible tourer aimed at the hills for a pulling mule.

Triple up front, wide range in the back all with brifters for quick easy shifting while wrangling the load and anything else that helps with comfort and ease of operation so you can keep as much of your attention as possible focused on the cargo.
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Old 10-13-20, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
That's great. I'm sure you arent going far and have parent support but may I recommend doing a full overhaul so you arent stranded by a mechanical failure?
I fully checked the bike over and it was recently tuned by the sellers LBS. It is in good working order. Over the winter, it gets the complete tear down, cleaning, polishing of the paint and all components get cleaned, lubed and the rust on some of the hardware gets taken care of or replaced.
I am just embarrassed to ride a bike so dirty.

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Good job, Grandpa!
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Thatís a really nice Panasonic-made sport tourer.
I remember a few years when I didnít ride without one of those trailers behind me. When it came off I couldnít believe how nimble the bike felt.
I am thinking that when I switch over to ride my 15 lbs Carbon Fiber wonder bike, I am really going to fly?
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Originally Posted by beicster View Post
I am looking forward to my time to have grand kids.
It is the most awesome thing in the world having grandkids. All the fun with none of the responsibilities. He brings so much joy to my life.
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Most kids that age Iíve been around love riding in the trailer. I hope you both had fun despite all your hill climbing.
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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
Most kids that age Iíve been around love riding in the trailer. I hope you both had fun despite all your hill climbing.
I hate climbing but this year i have been seeking out hills to try and get to the point of not hating hills, if that makes sense? Growing up in Chicago there are not a lot of hills and since getting back into cycling I have avoided them mostly.

I went to a ride in Wisconsin that had some real hills and I blew up trying to climb. Since then I have been trying to learn to climb. Trying to control my heart rate. I am getting stronger. I think pulling this trailer around is really going to help.
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Lovely pictures. I towed my two kids in a trailer like that one. Nice memories. Now my daughter-in-law is talking about having kids. I'm excited.
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OMG your grandson is ADORBALE!!!!!!!!! oh and your Super sport is pretty sweet as well!!!!!
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OH I see you are in the Chicago area.... my hometown.. what area are you by? I grew up in Oak Lawn, and last lived in Homewood for 10 years, spent some time near Midway airport. We are now out in Chesterton, IN near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
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Way back when, my budís dad built a bike sidecar out of wood and hauled him and his brother around in it. It was a pretty neat contraption. I think thereís a photo of them in it around somewhere...

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This Grandpa knows what his next bike accessory will be.
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I loved everything about this.

Having owned a Ural sidecar mororcycle, iíd get familiar with the handling characteristics before I built or bought one for my bicycle.

But for flat family rides, I support the idea 100%!
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OH I see you are in the Chicago area.... my hometown.. what area are you by? I grew up in Oak Lawn, and last lived in Homewood for 10 years, spent some time near Midway airport. We are now out in Chesterton, IN near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Grew up on the northside of Chicago. We moved out to the suburb's when our kids started school. I live in West Dundee Il now. That is close to Elgin.
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