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Bianchi EV2 the hard way(12 posts)

Bianchi EV2 the hard waygibbons
Nov 9, 2002 8:27 AM
This is my 15 year old son and me being admitted to the hospital. He rode a 105 mile Century on his Specialized full suspension mountain bike last year (yeah, at 14), so my other boys (11, 17) and me all decided to ride it this year on our mountain bikes. Well, this 15 year old is really fast, and one of my buddies offered to let him ride his Bianchi EV2 in the Century. Wahoo!

So the 15 takes off with a pack of road racers and leaves us behind. My 17 pulls away with another group leaving my 11 and me just cruising. At mile 35, my cell phone rings. I wrestle it out of my camel back while still keeping pace, wondering who would be rude enough to bother us on such a glorious saturday.

It was my 17 who had caught up to a nasty crash site. The conversation went, "(17)Dad, he crashed"... "(me)how bad?"... "(17)well, the ambulance guy says he will probably be ok". Dang!

If you have kids, you that nothing is worse than seeing them hurt. They caught me going the other way back to the hospital. When I got in the vehicle, he was in shock saying, "dad, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I crashed the bike". I told him it was OK, stuff happens. He's a great kid, straight A's, no drugs, no booze, still hugs his mom in public. He just needs to learn to NEVER cross wheels with the guy in front of him :)

His face hit the road so hard it tore open the skin under his eye, about an inch long. It ground the skin off the side of his chin and cheek. He broke his thumb, and the skin was missing in all those other places covered by bandages. But 3 months later, he looks great. I am simply astonished at how it healed. Yeah, a scar from the stitched area, but it could have been so much worse.

When he came to his senses, he was really mad about ripping the jersey I got for him in Canada. But he got a new helmet out of the deal.

The bike got a little tiny crease in the chainstay where the crank flexed so hard it hit, so I just bought it from the guy. It was the right thing to do. But the frame gauges perfect. The levers got broke, so it cost me a set of Record Ergos to get it rideable. Other than a scuff on the Flite and chewed up pedal, it is pretty nice. I like it! Except for that 39/23 first gear, are you road guys nuts? :)

So my 15 is OK. After we left the hospital, I jumped on my bike and rode the course backwards to meet my 11 and 15. I caught them about 10 miles from the end, they had hooked up with a wonderful group of Roadies. In the last block back to the parking lot, my 11 stood on the pedals and sprinted to the finish. Man, I was proud of him. How would you like to ride a bike that weighs 1/3 your weight (like his mountain bike does to him) for 105 miles?

So, now we have a Bianchi EV2 that we share. With 3 guys riding it, adjusting the seat and bars each time, the fit isn't perfect, but it's fun.
re: ya rollz da dice, ya takes ya chances...Akirasho
Nov 9, 2002 8:41 AM
Great story... glad everything seemed to work out and heal!

Keep an eye on that crease!

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
re: Bianchi EV2 the hard waygregario
Nov 9, 2002 11:10 AM
That is a wonderful story. Sounds like you raised them right. Glad everything worked out well.
Great picture. What a story. And what lessons . . .Look381i
Nov 9, 2002 7:21 PM
we learn from accidents like this. My 15-year-old son crashed his Dream Plus descending at high speed on the penultimate day of BRAG this past summer. Like yours, he had taken off with a fast group, one that left a rest stop before my group. When I got to the campsite that afternoon, a friend met me with a very serious look asking, "Have you heard about your son?" For a split second I thought the worst. Fortunately it was bruises and skinned appendages, but nothing very serious. He has some small scars, and the bike needed a little attention, but both are now fine.

My son learned that he's not invulnerable and to watch the road instead of just the wheel in front. I learned not to take my son for granted and to focus on his many positive characteristics. He starts driving a car this year. I hope our lessons generalize.
Pre-Century picturegibbons
Nov 9, 2002 9:41 PM
Here is a picture of us before the ride. My 15 is on the right holding the soon-to-be-muffed Bianchi. We put 1" slicks on the mountain bikes plus I put a rigid fork on my 11's bike for this ride.

Isn't biking a blast? My wife rides, too, and we love to head out together. We are known in the neighborhood for being a close family, other parents have admitted that they are jealous of our relationship with our boys.

I told the boys that next year at the Century, I am riding the Bianchi, and they're going to pull me. They can destroy me on a ride, and I love it! They're turning out better than me in every way.
Nice looking guys, except for the one on the left . . .Look381i
Nov 10, 2002 9:23 AM
It looks like they get a lot of genes & support, cycling and otherwise, from home.
Nice looking guys, except for the one on the left . . .Kunfoochi
Nov 10, 2002 2:44 PM
Glad to hear he's ok, could have been much worse...where do you live? I'm 15 and it would be great to have a riding partner who can actually ride!!

Have a happy recovery! =)
Nice looking guys, except for the one on the left . . .gibbons
Nov 10, 2002 7:11 PM
We're in Utah. My sons have the same problem with other kids their age...no riders. We went with a scout group to Yellowstone to ride bikes through the park. It ended up my 2 oldest sons, one other guy, and me riding our bikes. The rest of the group were content to ride around in the Excursion with their bikes on a trailer. What a shame!

I will never forget the ride from Old Faithful to Yellowstone lake, over the mountain, which crosses the Continental divide twice. When us 4 guys met up with the "car" group after, one of the other adult leaders said to me, "I bet you really enjoyed that ride". I replied, "Enjoy? Actually, no, it was a monster. But I am glad I accomplished it. It makes me feel good about myself." I think that's a problem with some young people nowadays, they don't want to work for anything. I am glad my sons strive to be different. They have all been riding Moab's notorious Slickrock trail ever since they were about 8 years old.
You can be proud of those guys !!! nmLeroy
Nov 11, 2002 5:43 AM
Edmonton jerseyjradford
Nov 11, 2002 8:14 AM
i live in Edmonton when did you get the Revolution jersey
Edmonton jerseygibbons
Nov 11, 2002 7:34 PM
At Revolution Cycle up there on Stony Plain road, it's a way cool shop. I went in there a month or so ago, and they were out of jerseys until next year. My son has a Tshirt with this graphic too. He is quite an intellectual, and very interested in Russian culture. I remember he read Dr Zhivago when he was about 10. He bought one of those Soviet Army Ushenko (sp?) fur hats on Ebay and wears it ice fishing and after snowboarding. He also has a real KGB watch. If you look closely at the pictures, you might be able to see that he has hammer and sicle socks on. Man, you wouldn't have worn stuff like that 20 years ago....
Cool dad. Man I was gypped.Sintesi
Nov 11, 2002 10:24 AM
My dad would offer me a puff on his cigar and a sip of his beer. That was the extent of our father-son relationship. : ) You're a good man to be so supportive of your kids.

Glad junior's okay. A battle scar to brag about and a story to tell. That's good stuff in the long run.