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Help! I bought my youngest daughter a roadbike and......(13 posts)

Help! I bought my youngest daughter a roadbike and......Juanmoretime
May 29, 2003 8:02 AM
I want this to be a great experience for her. So, I'm looking for some advice from others that have been down this road. (Pun intended). I had sucess with my oldest daughter and running, not so successful with the roadbike I bought her, she prefers to run, I did too until about age 32. The bike and my wife were a disaster, I think a tandem my still salvage this. My youngest, and newest family victim, is a competitive swimmer and does like riding her mountain bike. What's the best way to start, distance and frequency? I'm sure I sould let her set the pace? Possible get her pumped up taking her to the LBS and pick out some cycling clothes? Help!
re: Help! I bought my youngest daughter a roadbike and......Mazinger
May 29, 2003 8:16 AM
Competitive swimmer. How about competitive biking?
No help here...MXL02
May 29, 2003 8:30 AM
my own experience trying to get family members to ride by buying bikes for them has been expensive and disastrous. My suggestion is a lot of prayer.
I was a competitive swimmer toogsgal
May 29, 2003 8:36 AM
and ran for leisure, and i love my bike. i can't wait to get on it practically every day. i swam distance and think its prepared me pretty well cardiovascularly for cycling. although my legs weren't quite ready.

i've found that what i absolutely loved about swimming and running is combined into one sport - cycling. i loved swimming because of that beautiful gliding feeling you get when you're cutting through the water. the long distances where you only really have yourself and when you're done, your joints don't ache. i love running because you get outside and watch the landscape change and can feel every degree change as you're running, and smell every different smell. With cycling, i get that same floating sensation and that smooth speed, the change of scenery, a little sun, all without that jarring impact of running.

those similarities are what got me hooked. maybe it will work for her.
Keep her in the pool!the bull
May 29, 2003 8:39 AM
Swimming is better than cycling!Not only is it safer it is a better workout.
By the way I am a better swimmer than cyclist but I prefer the bike!
Let them do what they want.My parents pushed me in the pool as a kid now I prefer the bike.If she has a bike allready let the "cycle bug" work on its own!
May 29, 2003 9:19 AM
Don't try to get her to give up one for the other, encourage both! (and add running, seeing as your family seems pre-disposed to enjoy it) I have been doing Triathlons for over a decade now and love the workouts. Allways something different to do. If you live in a cold weather climate like I do, she prob'ly swims indoors during the winter. Once spring comes, she'll be aching to get outdoors. Someone else mentioed the sites and smells. Nothing like an evening ride during the week in the summer months when it seems EVERYONE is grilling.
re: Help! I bought my youngest daughter a roadbike and......NEIL
May 29, 2003 9:27 AM
I wouln't try to push her into sport, she has to want to do it. I gave up trying to interest my wife in cycling. She just has different ideas of a good ride than me. She likes volleyball. Fine. That's great, I'll go watch her play. I like to get out and ride for a few hours apart from the domestic situations anyway, it's my escape.
please dontSteve_0
May 29, 2003 9:36 AM
'pump her up' by buying her clothes. It's sad enough that adults think they need to dress in bikey-clothes for every 20-mile jaunt.

Teach her to enjoy cycling for what it is (and how she does it). If her needs and desires indicate, to her, that she could benefit from 'cycling clothes', by all means help her out.

Added benefit: if, like her older sister, she doesnt like cycling, you didnt waste the money on plastic clothing.
Buy her a pair of good bicycle gloves...nmbicyclerepairman
May 29, 2003 11:22 AM
Just offer to take her for a ride now and then...Ray Sachs
May 29, 2003 9:56 AM
... and if she likes it, pretty soon she'll be asking you to take her more often. Pushing her is a sure fire way to turn her off to the sport. I got my older daughter a road bike a couple of years ago. She likes it enough to take the occasional ride with me and we did a short tour together last summer and will do another one this year. We'll do 25 to 30 mile rides, but I started her with only about 5 to 10 and gradually worked up from there. She's not all that into it and has no interest in competitive aspects of it (takes after her old man in that respect), but she likes it enough that I hope she'll ride in college and when she's older.

Multi-sport / Triathlons?JCtri
May 29, 2003 10:50 AM
I was in a similar situation with swimming and was hesitant to get going on the bike. However, a friend introduced me to triathlons and it has done amazing things for my overall cardio strength and lower body strength - which in turn has helped my swimming. I treat the running and biking portions of the Tri as extended swimming cross-training. There are tons of bike groups which make the rides (15-30 miles) very fun. The races are awesome. Open water swimming with a large group is very different than pool swimming and makes one stronger and more aggressive.

Do not do the clothes thing - at the end of the day, she either likes it or does not. Maybe is she trains for a specific event - find a sprint/olympic tri in your area - and gets a training regimen, that could help.

Also, good quality time with Dad on a bike is a good motivation - stop at her favorite restaurant for lunch on during the Ride.

enough rambling.

great idea; better yet...Steve_0
May 29, 2003 10:54 AM
most sprints have a relay category. Give her the swim leg, you take the bike, and get her older sister to do the run.

After her first race, she'll be stoked. She will either very naturally gravitate to the bike, or she will prove disinterested in it. Either way, it will be based entirely upon HER interest, not yours.

Bonus least in these parts, there are very few relay may have a decent chance at winning.
Thank you for all the idea's. A family team triathlon would..Juanmoretime
May 29, 2003 4:01 PM
be a blast.