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Old 07-07-08, 06:41 AM
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This weekend I introduced my 12 year old nephew Travis and his 16 yo sister Michelle to road cycling. Travis used my 48 cm Giant (an old 6sp) and Mchelle road my wife's medium TCR, she was even game to for the clipless. I put them each on the trainer, explained the shifting and adjusted the seat.

After a few laps around the school bus circle and a safety discussion we headed out. Michelle had one tip-over at the last stopsign before heading out on the highway. She wasn't hurt except for a few scrapes and wanted to continue.

I wanted to ride behind both kids but Michelle took off and because of the clipless I wanted to stay with her. She took to the shifting really well and we hit 21 MPH on the flats. Travis was trying his best to keep up so we stopped about 4 mi out and waited for him. Then about 1 mi later Travis flatted and the tube wasn't repairable. I should have taken a spare since I was supporting 3 bikes but I didn't so I called my wife for an extraction. The kids said they had a blast anyway.

I'll take them out again but one at a time because I was more than a little nervous with two noobs on the highway.
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Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
This weekend I introduced my 12 year old nephew Travis and his 16 yo sister Michelle to road cycling. Travis used my 48 cm Giant (an old 6sp) and Mchelle road my wife's medium TCR, she was even game to for the clipless. I put them each on the trainer, explained the shifting and adjusted the seat.

After a few laps around the school bus circle and a safety discussion we headed out. Michelle had one tip-over at the last stopsign before heading out on the highway. She wasn't hurt except for a few scrapes and wanted to continue.

I wanted to ride behind both kids but Michelle took off and because of the clipless I wanted to stay with her. She took to the shifting really well and we hit 21 MPH on the flats. Travis was trying his best to keep up so we stopped about 4 mi out and waited for him. Then about 1 mi later Travis flatted and the tube wasn't repairable. I should have taken a spare since I was supporting 3 bikes but I didn't so I called my wife for an extraction. The kids said they had a blast anyway.

I'll take them out again but one at a time because I was more than a little nervous with two noobs on the highway.
You took new riders (and kids!) on a highway? I hope we have different definitions of a highway.
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