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A new cyclist is born!(8 posts)

A new cyclist is born!Ken of Fresno
Feb 16, 2003 2:24 PM
Since a very good friend of mine has been away for a prolonged business trip, I've sort of been helping out with his wife and kids. Yesterday, his 12 year old son, Dakin, and I went on a 20 mile ride which was the longest he had ever ridden at one time. He was barely able to ride his dad's mtb with the seat all the way down. We paced ourselves at about 10-12mph and he was able finish on a good surge of of 16mph with a sprint to 20mph. I was very impressed, and he had a blast. We stopped about every 5 miles miles or so to eat a piece of banana and a few bites of Powerbar. I think it was a real confidence building experience for Dakin, and we just might have a new cyclist on our hands. Gotta start 'em while they're young.

There are some more pics of the ride on the following link:

Nice workmickey-mac
Feb 16, 2003 2:27 PM
I can't wait until my kids are old enough to ride with me. Bringing along your friend's kid is a very nice thing to do. However, you'll probably have to answer to your buddy when Dakin starts asking him for a Record-equipped C40.
Sowing the seeds...Akirasho
Feb 16, 2003 2:35 PM
...perhaps enuff of a seed was planted... I hope so.

I didn't come directly to cycling so I can appreciate those who stumble in to it (even if indirectly exposed) especially at a young age (as you might guess, we've got a few awesome juniors... but they're rarer than the old farts). Hopefully with a bit of mentoring from dad and perhaps you, old Dakin will ride the road less travelled for a kid his age who's probably dreamin' more of having Vin Diesel's wheelz out of "The Fast And The Furious" than Lance's '02 TdF rig.

Be the bike.
Nice pic...NO SNOW (nm)CJ838
Feb 16, 2003 4:18 PM
do you have to rub it in? (nm)cyclopathic
Feb 16, 2003 7:01 PM
we did get some rain, though nmDougSloan
Feb 17, 2003 7:14 AM
looks like he was born a while agoDougSloan
Feb 17, 2003 7:13 AM
Cool. Appoloosa is where I do my practice time trials. I live a couple miles away.

Why not take him on one of the shorter routes on the Blossom Ride out of Reedley March 1?

That would be a possibility if he can keep his grades up. (nm)Ken of Fresno
Feb 17, 2003 7:39 AM