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Old 06-19-12, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post


the smile should have been bigger after her first ride.
She loves it-like it is sleeping next to her in her room with a blanket over it.
this is her first bike with handbrakes only...this is a big step
another big issue is the adult size levers-they did make children size levers-rare as hens teeth
I hope to find a pair-I might put on turkey legs untill then.
little riders need their confidence and no be scared they cant reach the brakes.
When she gets up in the morning and wakes you up with her helmet and gear on you will know she enjoyed the ride...

Aero levers might be a good option as many will have a lighter pull than conventional levers... my daughter was riding the Centurion and said the braking was much easier (lighter) on this bike which has Exage Sport levers and brakes and the action is indeed very light and very responsive.

You might also want to adjust the lever so it has a little more travel so your daughter can close her hand a little more and get better leverage without bottoming it out.

Decided that we will keep the Centurion and I will be installing cross levers before Saturday as she wants to go out for 20-30km... might swap the 37cm Nitto bars from her other road bike and decide if we will keep the double or move to a triple and long cage rear d like I did with her Norco / Terry road bike. She is a really strong climber so might not need a triple unless we plan some fairly epic rides.

I have never pushed my daughters to ride farther or faster than they wanted to... my oldest is always a little reluctant to ride but says once she gets over her laziness and is riding it is the best thing and my youngest does wake me up in the morning to tell me we need to go for a ride.
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I just got the bike and am going out of town for the next 2 days so thats where I am.

I just put it together last night- on the weekend I will pull all new cables,
shimano 600 deraileurs and shifters (maybe cause i got them)
might swap out the 5 for a 6 freewheel, and seriously work on the brake lever situation.
its nice to work on a project for someone else!
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Beautiful.
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That is plain awesome. Good on ya, Dad!
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Thats a great DAD. Looks perfect for her
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What a neat thing to do for your sweet looking daughter. I wonder how many times that picture of her behind the new bicycle has been copied now. Hope she rides with you for a really long time.

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We went out for a good ride after getting a children size set of levers made-

here are some pics


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Ok people- I think the seat is too low and too far forward(the seat post is behind the clamp bolt-or backwards)
what is the opinion??





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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
Ok people- I think the seat is too low and too far forward(the seat post is behind the clamp bolt-or backwards)
what is the opinion??




Could very well be - and maybe she's compensating. Note she's not centering the pedal over the ball of her foot but the arch.

She won't want to ride much if her arches begin to bother her from this treatment

I think the clamp is on backwards - try that first. Then, if it's not enough, a little at a time backwards. Of course, you want good feedback from her - but not on the pedal issue. There's only one right way to locate the foot on the pedal to avoid possible congenital issues later on.

She looks like a natural on that bike

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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
Ok people- I think the seat is too low and too far forward(the seat post is behind the clamp bolt-or backwards)
what is the opinion??




Good Lord, my little Mommy heart is all aflutter. That is just too precious!
WTR to saddle position, yes probably a bit low and close, but I wouldn't fit it all the way to "adult" specs unless she's an exceedingly gifted athlete. The conventional rule of thumb is that young children should be able to easily put a foot down.
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