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Moments that make us smile :)(27 posts)

Moments that make us smile :)4bykn
Jul 26, 2001 6:18 AM
I went out for my usual weekday training ride yesterday, about 11:00am, 85 deg and 80% humidity. Was going to be a real sweat-fest. As I approached the lake, I saw a large group (20-25) of kids, about 8-10 years old standing on both sides of a small bridge. They seemed to be from one of the day camps that proliferate around the lake. They were peering down into the water, looking at, I presume, tadpoles and minnows. As I approached a few of the kids saw me and soon they were all waving franticly at me, smiling. As I flew by (23mph IS flying for me) I waved back, and I heard a couple of the kids say "wow!"
Absolutely made my day, I smiled for the rest of the ride. Thought I'd share my joy.
re: Moments that make us smile :)slugman
Jul 26, 2001 6:48 AM
Thanks for sharing your story. It's funny how the simple things like your experience stick with you for a long time.
Kid waves are the bestMeDotOrg
Jul 26, 2001 7:28 AM
I remember seeing a girl of about 3 with her mother on a multi-use path. She was looking at me as I went by, so I slowed and waved to her. Her face just exploded into a smile and she returned the wave enthusiastically.

It fills your heart.
yup, we are cycling gods to kidsDog
Jul 26, 2001 7:37 AM
I've ridden through some remote areas, sometimes in team garb, and the site of me or my group by a few kids almost always seems to evoke some awe. They probably think we are pros, and they are catching a little piece of the Tour de France or something. I let them think it while waving back.

Another scenario is to be hammering away on some 15% grade 50 miles from town in the middle of nowwhere when it's 100 degrees out, and a lifelong country dweller drives by in his 40 year old pickup at 15 mph. You can tell from the look on his face that he's not sure whether to think we are crazy or really to respect us. Maybe a little of both.

Maybe in some small way it might spur their interest in the sport. Yup, good feelings.

re: Moments that make us smile :)ooh ooh
Jul 26, 2001 7:44 AM
seeing the grzy mnky chmp get dissed, that makes me smile!
re: Moments that make us smile :)beeman
Jul 26, 2001 8:03 AM
I was riding through a local park the other day and stopped to fill up my water bottles at the water fountain. There was a young boy there who was amazed with my shoes for my clipless pedals. He just smiled and said "...don't you fall off alot?" Too funny.

Also, there are a lot of kids that sell lemonade on my route. For $.25 they fill up my bottle and think I am some sort of superhero in my tight shorts. How can you pass up that!
Jul 26, 2001 8:25 AM
I wish I could wear tight shorts and have kids think I'm a super-hero... they usually just point at my crotch and laugh :(
That is freaking hilarious!(nm)Jim Burton
Jul 26, 2001 8:54 PM
a few weeks agoRusty McNasty
Jul 26, 2001 8:33 AM
I was slowing down, after riding fairly hard for about 45 miles, and was poking along the local multi-use path, just as dusk approached. I heard a voice say "left", just before a middle-aged man on his C'Dalr R?00 passed me. A couple seconds later, I heard a much higher pitched voice say "left", just as a young man, riding a road bike (with 24" tires, painted exactly the same as his father's) passed me. They were wearing identical jerseys, and were keeping up quite a good speed.
re: Moments that make us smile :)Kurt H
Jul 26, 2001 8:39 AM
Kids are great, but what about parents getting their kids out??
I came up behind a father and son on the side of the road the other day. I had pulled off to grab a "house for sale" flyer (the ONLY way to house shop is on a bike!!!) when I noticed them. Dad: shaved legs, ONCE jersey, very tan, patiently waiting on son. Son: About 5, helmeted (go Dad!!), using a split-rail fence post semi-concealed by a tree as a urinal. They promptly re-mounted, Dad on a mountain bike, son on one of the trailers that makes the bike into a tandem, and pedaled away. As they cleared the hill away from me, the son turned around, looked at me, smiled and waved. I'll say it again: Go Dad for getting your son out and showing him the fun he can have on a bike!!
re: Moments that make us smile :)Len J
Jul 26, 2001 8:49 AM
Rode in a century a couple of weeks ago with a group of serious riders. At one of the rest stops a tandem latched on to our paceline. As I dropped back after a pull, I noticed that it was a father and his 8 year old daughter. He had riged up the back position with Banana bars and a Bottom bracket/crank arrangement that was halfway up the rear seattube and was linked into the drivetrain.

The look on her face as one after another of us gave her credit for "carrying" her dad around was enough to make all of our days. We did the entire last 75 miles with them, and I can't say I remember a more enjoyable century. At the end of the ride she went around high/fiveing us all. What a gift.
Robert Nesta Marleymike mcmahon
Jul 26, 2001 9:09 AM
A while back, I stopped at an intersection to make a left turn. Immediately to my right was a really big, mean-looking guy in a big truck who was listening to "Lively Up Yourself" by Bob Marley and the Wailers. He was looking at me like I was a skinny-ass cyclist who he'd drop with one punch. I looked back at him, smiled, and said: "Marley!" He got the biggest smile on his face and started nodding along to the music. I was smiling for the rest of the ride. Nothing brings people together like some good Marley music.
Marley was a rider too.. (txt)zion_rider
Jul 26, 2001 11:30 AM
Listen to midnight ravers, the chorus is "Ride On, ride, ride On.. Other tunes also reference Ride On.. I know in my heart Bob loved to ride.
why is it that...weezy
Jul 26, 2001 10:06 AM
why is it that kids love us... but then those kids grow up into adults who feel threatened at the sight of spandex that they have to throw something at us?

what is it that happens to people between the age of 5 and 25?
My theorymike mcmahon
Jul 26, 2001 10:26 AM
I think kids like us because we're more like them when we're riding bikes rather than driving cars. We're also more approachable. On one ride earlier this week, I had two nice encounters with kids. First, I stopped at a red light where a big group of school kids was waiting for a bus. They told me they liked my bike and one of them asked for a ride. I jokingly patted my bar for him to hop on and he started to do it without hesitation. Suddenly realizing that he might not only break my computer but my stem, I told him it wasn't such a good idea. We had a nice exchange before the light turned green. Next, I passed a young kid on a mountain bike who started working his hardest to keep up with me. I slowed a bit and let him sit behind me for a minute before hitting a hill. He said thanks and I continued my ride. Kids are almost always good for a smile on a ride.
re: Moments that make us smile :)CRM
Jul 26, 2001 10:26 AM
I did a very hilly charity metric century last summer on a hot day. At the top of one lengthy climb sat a solitary little boy outside his rural home with a small folding table set up and a big pitcher of ice water. Everyone ahead of me rode right past him and didn't even acknowlege his existence, including my riding buddies.

I didn't need the water but I thought to myself as I approached him, "If this kid is willing to sit out here in the hot sun just so he can give us a drink of cool water, the least I can do is to take some." I pulled over, topped off my pretty full bottles, gave him a high-five and told him he was a life-savor. The look of pride beaming from his face will always stick with me.

BTW, speaking of things that make you smile - this thread on this board has definitely made me smile!
We both smiled at each otherBrian C.
Jul 26, 2001 10:29 AM
In the middle of nowhere, she was on a big, brown horse, I was on a big, black bike. We knew where each other was coming from. A nod was as good as a wink.
The big ugly dog in the Burley ...Humma Hah
Jul 26, 2001 10:29 AM
Last Sunday the wife and I were doing a nice, gentle, berry-picking recovery ride on the PW Parkway bikepath. The weather was smack-dab perfect and we were seeing a little more bike traffic than usual. One couple came by, the husband pulling a Burley with this big, ugly dog standing in the back, obviously just having the time of his life.
charity car washes/kids with car wash signsHaiku d'état
Jul 26, 2001 10:40 AM
ALWAYS asking if they can wash the bike. my ride to/from the saturday morning group slow & social passes a bunch of 'em on the return trip 'round noon. haven't stopped yet, but they're usually good for a grin. that absolutely turn their bodies completely around in the backseat to keep their eyes on the bike (or the rider, DOH!) when passing in the car. and waving, too. fun, fun!

can't wait 'til my little one is old enough to ride.
Jul 26, 2001 11:54 AM
It's a relative term. A carload of teenage girls - kids to me - passes by me from behind and hollers out a few "wolf" calls. I smiled. I wonder what they did when they saw that I was old enough to be their father.

Wasn't even on the bike...biknben
Jul 26, 2001 6:04 PM
Not long ago on my way to a friends house to ride. My Bike is on the roof and I'm driving down a really busy street during rush hour. I notice a man and young girl on their bikes on one side of the road and a boy on the other side of the road. I slowed down and figured out the boy was trying to cross. They were at a crosswalk but the road had been resurfaced so no one was stopping. So I stopped in major traffic, people behind me honking, and waited. Of course no one was willing to stop in the other direction so I actually had to wait about 30 seconds. The boy finally got across safely and the look of gratitude on the father's face was unforgetable.
re: Moments that make us smile :)look271
Jul 26, 2001 6:27 PM
Kids are always good for a "warm fuzzy", and I've had plenty of those, but my latest was of the four-legged variety. Last Tues on a fast group ride we were cresting a small hill when the guy at the front pointed to a cornfield at a beautiful 6 or 8 point white-tailed buck deer. He went into the corn and we thought he was gone. Shortly afterward, as we're pace-lining down the road @ 25+ mph, there he was, flying through the field, parrallel to us, almost as if he was racing us. He kept this up for several hundred feet, then took off into another field. Pretty cool.
re: I have a couple...mk_42
Jul 26, 2001 8:59 PM
I saw a kid about 8 years old on the bike path trying to go really fast. As I was passing him I slowed and went side by side. I told him he was going 15 miles per hour and that that was good. He liked that and tried to pick up the pace. It didn't get any faster but I told him it did.

There's also a kid in my building that's about 3 or 4 years old. He rides around on a little bike with trainting wheels in our little courtyard in circles. He always smiles at me when I get home from a ride but he's kind of shy. I think he thinks I'm important because of the jersey. He told me the other day that he's training to become a racer. From a few other things he said by "racer" he means ride without the training wheels. I told him we can go riding sometime.

re: Moments that make us smile :)Turtleherder
Jul 27, 2001 7:36 AM
I saw a father and his son (who looked to be about six) on the road a head of me. The boy sees me as I get closer and he puts his head down and pedals for all he is worth. As I pass the father he says "you have some competition there" So I pull up next to the boy and read out how fast he is going. I have never seen a kid smile so big when I told him he hit 17 mph.
re: Moments that make us smile :)mr tornado head
Jul 28, 2001 2:16 PM
This has got to be the best thread I've seen on this board.

Thanks for all the stories.
re: Moments that make us smile :)Steve Hannah
Jul 29, 2001 10:35 AM
You lame brained Biking Freaky Geek! Don't you realize you had about 12 feet of toilet tissue streamin out of the back your shoe from your last stop! They were all laughing at you and trying to get you to stop!
re: Moments that make us smile :)4bykn
Jul 29, 2001 2:16 PM