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Old 02-28-12, 09:54 PM
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Did your parents ride?

This is my mother in eighth grade in About 1937-8. That is her class from school about 6miles away, they rode to her parents house. Two or three tall hills in between. They look to be mostly single speed mid weight baloon tire bikes. I have one myself. They are a huge amount of work to move, it feels like the crank is welded to the frame !!
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Old 02-28-12, 10:51 PM
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wow, how cool!
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Old 02-28-12, 11:33 PM
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Parents grew up during the depression. I'm sure my father, living in upstate NY, rode a bike. My mother grew up in the Bronx. My sons will be able to say that their parents rode.
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Both my parents rode ... quite a bit. Not only as children, but also as adults. We used to do a lot of riding as a family ... and when Rowan and I visted my parents last August, we rode with my father several times, and my mother was out there doing laps on the Catrike.
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Old 02-29-12, 06:04 AM
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My dad rode a lot when he was younger, again while in the US Navy, and commuted to his job at various universities by bike. No longer rides. My mom was an Iowa farm girl and never learned how to ride a bike.

I ride, my bride rides and both my children (now grown) ride. Son actually lives car free in the Boston, MA area. Daughter just moved back east from Seattle where she lived car free for 2 years.

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Old 02-29-12, 07:13 AM
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To my knowledge, my dad never owned a bike. Growing up in the Depression, that would have been completely out of reach. He did tell me a story once of spending a summer with his cousins in West Virginia and one of the boys had a bike. My dad "borrowed" it and almost immediately crashed it, causing damage that he didn't own up to. Much later in life, like three or four decades later, while visiting his cousin, they talked about the old days over some beers. He finally confessed and admitted he had wrecked the bike to clear his conscience. His cousin didn't even remember the incident!
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Old 02-29-12, 07:35 AM
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My dad rides a hybrid, I like going on rides with him, except he insists on using hard gears on the hills. It's so hard to climb a hill at 6mph. Hehe!
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Old 02-29-12, 08:40 AM
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Yeah, my parents rode - in a car. I never, ever saw my parents on a bike either in a picture or real-life.
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Old 02-29-12, 09:00 AM
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I remember a couple of black Raleigh 3-speed "English racers" in the garage when I was a small child, but I don't recall my parents ever riding them. For a long time those 3-speeds were my idea of a "grown-up bicycle".
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Old 02-29-12, 09:01 AM
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One of my earliest memories is my Dad with a bike up-side down in the garage, spinning the wheels trying to get them perfectly aligned. I don't specifically recall him ever riding though, although I know he did when he was younger. He was more likely riding a horse than a bike. At 6'7" he didn't really fit any bikes available at the time (the 60's) ...
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Old 02-29-12, 09:05 AM
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My father talked about his solo bike tour across the Alps into Italy in the 1920s and he sometimes rode a 3-speed Schwinn when I was growing up, including some rides to work at the university. My mother didn't get her driver's license until I was in college so she rode a single speed bike for quite a few utility trips.
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Old 02-29-12, 10:18 AM
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my MOM drove MOTORCYCLES in the 70s she was a badass chick, now dad rides a harley. As for bicycles im the only one looking to start that trend.
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Old 02-29-12, 12:59 PM
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My mom's idea of exercise was getting up to change the channel, before we had remotes.

Amazingly, she lived to age 91.
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I'm pretty sure my folks never spent much time on bikes -- they both grew up in the 1950s/1960s, when cars were taking over. As a result, they haven't been too receptive to my suggestion that they take it up now.
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Old 02-29-12, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Scotiascotia View Post
my MOM drove MOTORCYCLES in the 70s she was a badass chick, now dad rides a harley. As for bicycles im the only one looking to start that trend.
Riding a motorcycle or riding a Harley does not make one badass. It does not mean anything. Not saying they weren't badass, just sayin the bike means nothing. Totaling up my dirt bikes and road bikes, I owned about 25. Sometimes I has three at one time. I did not change when I rode a different motorcycle. Even the one I made.
Just like the bicycle type does not mean anything. I'm the same on 14 different bikes, All that does is make me materialistic, and a spoiled only child


But most people do think I am different on different bikes. You're not the only one who thinks like that.
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Both my parents rode, but it was my dad that got me to really love it. We lived way out in the country, and had plenty of space for it. He had a Schwinn rode bike he bought in Thailand on his way back from Vietnam, so we learned to ride long distances. As I got older, before I could drive, it was the best way to get to the best spots to go fishing, and I grew to love it. I mountain bike a lot, and have started touring. I've taken my kids all over the world riding, and hopefully will pass the love for it on to them too.
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Both my parents rode, but it was my dad that got me to really love it. We lived way out in the country, and had plenty of space for it. He had a Schwinn rode bike he bought in Thailand on his way back from Vietnam, so we learned to ride long distances. As I got older, before I could drive, it was the best way to get to the best spots to go fishing, and I grew to love it. I mountain bike a lot, and have started touring. I've taken my kids all over the world riding, and hopefully will pass the love for it on to them too.
Awesome !!!
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My parents didn't ride much as adults. When I was growing up, money was tight. We had one car, and my step-dad had driven it to work. My mom wanted to take us somewhere, so my brother and I followed her as she rode a (cheap) bike across town. We rode on some busy roads but made it. We probably went 7 or 8 miles, but it was awesome to that when I was probably only 8 years old or so.
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My father rode, both as a teenager (he did a tour of the Black Forest in 1936), and riding to and from work as an adult. I don't think he ever learned to change a flat though, and I am almost certain that he never actually did anything like lubing a chain, pumping up the tires or changing the brakes. Did he even have a pump? I don't remember doing any of that as a kid either, for that matter. How did my bikes ever go anywhere?

As for my mother, no way. She didn't swim either, did no exercise (barring an annual hiking vacation), never dieted (except once when she took up smoking to lose weight), ate everything she could find, and lived to be 92.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Both my parents rode ... quite a bit. Not only as children, but also as adults. We used to do a lot of riding as a family ... and when Rowan and I visted my parents last August, we rode with my father several times, and my mother was out there doing laps on the Catrike.
Excellent !! I rode with my two daughters when they were younger than 15. About 15 life was about anticipating owning a car.
My oldest is now 28. I bought her a 26" wheel hybrid a couple of years ago. She still uses it!
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My father rode, both as a teenager (he did a tour of the Black Forest in 1936), and riding to and from work as an adult. I don't think he ever learned to change a flat though, and I am almost certain that he never actually did anything like lubing a chain, pumping up the tires or changing the brakes. Did he even have a pump? I don't remember doing any of that as a kid either, for that matter. How did my bikes ever go anywhere?

As for my mother, no way. She didn't swim either, did no exercise (barring an annual hiking vacation), never dieted (except once when she took up smoking to lose weight), ate everything she could find, and lived to be 92.
My father told me one of his Boy Scout badges required him to take a coaster brake hub apart, and reassemble it.
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I suspect my mom did not ride, or ride much. I know exactly where she grew up, her parents owned the same house for over 50 years. High enough in the Hollywood hills that the common bikes of that era would have been a real chore to ride. And while hte street they were one would have been ridable the side streets were basically not ridable ob a 3 or 5 speed bike.

Don't know about dad. I heard plenty about taking the old red line to the beach, but nothing about biking. With the trolley actually a working reality bikes for transportation were not as needed.
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My dad kept a bike on the base (NAS Los Alamitos) for years.
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Both my parents rode in Europe; that was the main means of transport.
My grandfather rode in Europe too.

Am now a great-grandfather and our sons andgrandkids all ride. Great grandkids are a bit too small yet.
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My mother was not the bike riding type.

My father, on the other hand, was a cyclist. He had multiple bikes, and did a ton of riding. I have fond memories of cycling trips as a kid. We'd ride all day along the countryside, collecting blackberries whenever we stopped, and pulling out binoculars to watch the wildlife. Those were great times.

He's now in his '80's, and his health has finally forced him to give it up. He still occasionally rides a trainer in the basement, but no more fun outdoor stuff.
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