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"Look out below"(6 posts)

"Look out below"outofthesaddle
Mar 11, 2003 2:50 PM
Several months ago I bought a Trek 5900. This year I started racing some crits. I also have a Trek 5200 but with quite a bit of apprehension, I nervously decided to race the 5900 in crits. So far this year I've made through 6 races without crashing out - although, there were a few close calls in the Early Bird series (in Northern California). Well yesterday when I got home from a short training ride, I asked my sons (5 and 3) if they wanted to go for a bike ride. My 3 year old had a birthday two weeks ago and got a new bike which he loves to ride. As as I hit the end of our sloping driveway and turned to head up the street - I hear my 3 year old yell at the top of his lungs "look out below!" as he comes barreling down the driveway. A split second later he T-bones me on my 5900 and I'm laying in the street. He looks down at me on the road and his eyes are pretty big. He waits for a second and then he says "sorry Daddy." I had to laugh. The bike suffered some scrapes to the lever and the rear dr - but nothing serious. We had a good ride which is the important thing after all.
"Look out below"... I believe that is the official USCF warningAkirasho
Mar 11, 2003 3:07 PM
for an impending crash... so you were fair warned.

I guess that comes under the heading... "expect the unexpected... even after the Crit".

Be the bike.
Way to keep your cool & be a good sport for your son...bent_spoke
Mar 11, 2003 5:35 PM
I don't have kids, but I'm not sure I wouldn't have freaked! Glad to hear there were only minor scratches.
Way to keep your cool & be a good sport for your son...dtufts
Mar 11, 2003 11:30 PM
chances are your son will remember how you kept your cool, and probably try to emulate it. Kudos. A way better story than explaining those scratches as the result of a wipe out in some crit.
not so innocent...jaybird
Mar 12, 2003 6:15 AM
I bet it wasn't as innocent as you think... The poor kid sees the stylin rides you have in your stable and he has to ride a trike from toys-r-us that weighs more than your 5900. I think he was trying to take it out... You know how devious 3 year olds can be. I would bet that you caould stave off any further attacks by getting him the new Litespeed trike. Make sure you get the Chris King headset, CF bars and seatpost though.

all kidding aside, great story and way to set a good example!
Mar 12, 2003 8:37 AM
Jaybird, you may be on to something. I've had a few mysterious flats lately. I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on him.

Although, I think he's angling for a C40 with 16" wheels and training wheels. Seriously, he ditched the trike at 2 in favor of a razor scooter. He's funny to watch because he has to reach up for the bars (even at their lowest setting). He got his first bike at 2 1/2 - a hand-me-down. He's on his second bike now. His brother at 5 is on his third bike.