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"The Little Boy and His Bike", a short story by Hipcycler

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"The Little Boy and His Bike", a short story by Hipcycler

Old 08-11-06, 11:40 AM
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"The Little Boy and His Bike", a short story by Hipcycler

On my morning browse of BF today I was reading a thread from someone about how they wanted to go out on an easy ride and just save the legs for the big Sat. club ride coming up. BUT Noooooo....they ended up going out and riding hard as usual instead of taking it easy.

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He asked if others had that happen to them too.
Of course.
I venture to say it has happened to most of the members posting here...especially the guys.
Why?

Because of the little boy and his bike, which is what I thought of on my ride today.

I rode up to a busy intersection where the light was red and knew I was in for a wait. Off to my right on the sidwalk waiting with me was this little boy on his bike, no more than 10-11 years old. I could see he was watching me, checking me over. I bet I looked impressive to the little guy. The big guy wearing fancy blue clothes on a neat-looking bike out there on the road ready to ride off....

I slowly took a swig from my water bottle and replaced it, watching for the light to change to green. As it got closer I pulled my clipped-in foot up in preparation to take off. I saw out of the corner of my eye the little boy preparing his pedals too as he gauged the light change in front of us. He looked at me. He looked at the light.

Boom. Green. Game on.

The little boy burst across the street and onto a short section of path that I too needed to take. I slipped in behind him, as first mad, thinking, "Darned little kid and his bike...dangerous and now I have to pass him..."

That's when it happened.

The little crapper gave me "The Look", not once but twice as he moved over to the left making room for me. I came up alongside and could not resist. I rode easy right next to him, then started to fake struggling to keep up with him. The little boy pedaled like a mad man and then proclaimed, "I'm gonna beat you!"

I pretended to be hurting and he dialed it up a notch, now having gone about a whopping half of a block in this all-out duel. Finally he started to fade. Then as he dropped back he said, "I'm too tired. I can't."

I yelled over to him, "Good effort. Keep riding." He had a HUGE grin on his face. It was a grin that said 'ah, I gave the big guy a run for his money!'

Then I jumped out of the saddle, grabbed a couple of gears and hammered away, just to give him a little show, and a little inspiration for what to aspire to.

That lilttle boy is in all of us. We can't help it. It's just there. That little thing that makes us want to go faster, farther, better than the next guy out there. And I for one, am glad he IS in there.
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Old 08-11-06, 11:52 AM
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That just made my day.....thank you.
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- great story! i've been smoked by a couple of lads on the local trail here... they get a thrill and stronger legs... i just get sore knees...

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That was great! Thanks, I needed that.
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That made me smile. Great story, and well written too!
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How right you are Hip. And told real well too - I was right there.

I have a lot of kids in my neighborhood and on the weekends, there are always a couple who want to have a go. I never win...I just can't. But I sure look like I'm trying and it's always REAL close.

The look on these guys faces just says it all.....

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Great post Hip. Thanks for sharing!
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that was a fantastic tale. definetly brought a smile to my face
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Old 08-11-06, 12:52 PM
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Great story Hip! I pictured the whole thing in my head while I was reading.......good storyboard for a short clip as well...
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First the Knave.... and now a little kid???

Battling with an adult on the roads. Okay, I can see that...

....But battling with kids on the mean streets of Beer Town? Now that's just sinking really low, Hip....




Great story. Your adventures are the stuff of legend, man.
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Stick a frame pump in his spokes. That'll learn the little booger.
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Dude, crushing the souls of little children... that's worse than cream puffs in a meteorologist's face.

Nice story, Hip
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
Dude, crushing the souls of little children... that's worse than cream puffs in a meteorologist's face.

Nice story, Hip
HA!

Hey Crom...did you see me on TV last night???
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
HA!

Hey Crom...did you see me on TV last night???
I did, I did. Nice work. I always enjoy the cream puff in the face routine. It brings out the Stooges in me. Wait... isn't that a Faith Hill song? Hm. Maybe not.
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I could totally relate to your story. There is a little kid in my neighborhood who loves to wait on the corner when I come by so he can race me. When he sees me he takes off and when he gets to the end of the block before me he raises up his arms like he's crossing the finish line. It's a cool feeling to see the look of satisfaction on his face.
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A moment like that might convert a kid to cycling forever, it did for me.

When I was about 8 or 10 a couple of kitted-out roadies pushed me up a big hill past my dad, who was way out ahead. I beamed as I passed him with the roadie pushing me on the small of my back. I knew then that I wanted to be a cyclist forever.

We should all try to inspire a kid or two at some point.
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Sweet, Hip. Nicely told!

And whenever I'm sailing down a hill, that little 10-year-old GIRL with pigtails flying in the wind is with me

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Wow, that kid must have a great hole shot getting the jump on you like that. Next time get a line on the yellow light so you can hit the green with a little more kick.

Nice story, nice style.

"Boom. Green. Game on" said the Hip
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Great story HC

I'm a single father, and we don't own a car. My son has been commuting to school (it's on the same route as my commute to work) for the last three years. Some mornings he's a climber, trying to drop me on the little hill that leads to the main drag in my town. On other days he's a sprinter, launching attacks to the last stoplight before we have to cross to his daycare. Other days he's simply riding recovery, using the same old excuses we all use when we are tired. We ride year round, rain or shine, him on his 20" bike, me on a track or road bike depending on the weather. It makes me indescribably proud when he gives me the look or when I see how smartly he deals with traffic. I just hope that his love of the bike sticks with him for life, and that one day he passes it on to his own children.
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The kid got the jump at the light cause Hip had to clip in! btdt!

It's cute when the story is about a little kid at the stoplight. Just wait till it's your own ... if he ever beats you he will rub it in forever. Just last night I was asking my 12yo if he was going to start running to get in shape for soccer. He immiediately reminded my of 1.5 years ago that he beat me running 4 miles around the school track. It didn't quite go that way, but I sure don't have speed to keep up in a short sprint. I'm trying to get him on a bike for payback though
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Very nice.

I was just thinking how riding with my kids is a great way to take an easy ride. I have a 2.5 yo daughter, and a 4 yo son. Plus a 10-month-old boy who rides in a trailer. They are crazy about bikes. The oldest got off his training wheels the week he turned 3, and his little sister is looking to do that herself before she turns 3. She's already got the training wheels so high up that they rarely touch the ground.

The other day, I was by myself, trackstanding at a light in my neighborhood, when a kid on a gasoline-motorized kick-scooter pulled up. He was eyeing me like your boy and his bike. Green light, and I hit it hard (trackstand starts are fast). I got off the line much faster than him, but I had to really stay on it to keep away up this long hill. He looked pretty pissed

Had he been on a bike, I would have given him some fun mock-racing like you. Bring a motor along, and all bets are off
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Another great story from Hipcycler. Thanks!
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Well the diff between us and the little boy is that he did not spend thousands of dollars and countless hours on figuring out how to make his bike 8 grams lighter and go 1/4 mile an hour faster. And when he arrives home for dinner he hops off his bike still moving as it rides halfway across his lawn before it finally slows and falls to a stop. He does not wash it, oil the chain, care if it stays outside in the rain or check the air pressure every day.
What the heck happened to us????

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I was out riding my bike today and stopped at a stoplight and there was this really weird guy staring at me. All the time I kept thinking about all the stuff they warned us about a school and I was trying to figure out if this was one of those weirdo bad guys. He certainly was dressed funny and I happend to notice that he didn't have any hair on his legs. What's up with that? Do you think that maybe he likes to play "dress up"?

Now I'm getting really scared. Maybe this is the kind of guy that they are always warning us about at school. So I try to go as fast as I can to get away from the guy and it's not working. Even though he is a weirdo he is pretty good on the bike; way better than me. So you'd think that a normal person that doesn't mean you any harm would just pass me. Not this pervert! He rides right next to me for a long time. I have no idea what to do. I wished I was home! Then I remember that I was told that a lot of these weirdo guys are really chicken and only pick on kids becasue they are afraid of grown-ups, so I says to him "I'm going to beat you" in the most threatening tone I can muster. But wouldn't you know it, that didn't work! The guy kept right on riding next to me making me more and more scared.

I knew that I was a goner. I couldn't get away from the guy so I gave up, started praying, and hoped he wouldn't kill me. Then a miracle happened! He said something I didn't catch and just rode off. I was so relieved that I couldn't help but smile.

Thank you, Jesus!

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