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Why you shouldn't ride with kids on 20" bikes w/ pegs(7 posts)

Why you shouldn't ride with kids on 20" bikes w/ pegsTig
Jul 7, 2003 6:54 PM
A brand new Bianchi Giro and its owner of 6 hours met this terrible fate just a few days ago. He had less than 10 miles on it, riding with his girlfriend's son when the boy accidentally swerved into his rear wheel, jabbing a fat freestyle peg into it. The wheel was demolished and the carbon fiber seat stay was damaged severely. Most of us would have committed murder at this point, but the guy somehow kept his cool even after some road rash. The boy and his bike survived without a scratch. The seat stay's integrity and strength are severely compromised, but didn't fail enough to allow us to bend it (later testing to see how weak is became). I seriously doubt that any frame material would have come out very well in this case, but at least steel could have been repaired.

The frame isn't covered under a crash replacement, so the poor guy had to cough up about $600. We had it over-nighted with a new wheel and had the guy back on the road in 72 hours after swapping the bad stuff out.
Close upTig
Jul 7, 2003 6:56 PM
Ouch! It sure had a beautiful blue paint though.
Here's one way of recovering an unrepairable frameTig
Jul 7, 2003 7:05 PM
This is what is left of my old Tommasini Diamante. It gave its life in a nasty road race crash about 12 years ago, bending the down tube. If it had a round tube profile instead of the Columbus Multi-shape, it could have been fixed. If I ever ride a bike with as good of a ride as this one had, you'll never get me to shut up about it!

You may see similar bike shop stools made from "retired" bikes, but this one sure is "purty". The seat tube was so small, I had to use a BMX seat post. A frame alignment tool helped abuse, um, widen the chain stays for stability.
I hope that at least the girlfriend is really hot. nmBruno S
Jul 7, 2003 7:23 PM
and rich. nmFrith
Jul 8, 2003 3:59 AM
murphy's law of kidhoodmarcoxxx
Jul 8, 2003 5:39 AM
he should have realized something will happen or go wrong. i hope he parks his car several blocks away too or it may suffer similar.
father marc
'The guy' was 'drafting' too close......?rory1
Jul 8, 2003 7:02 AM
Kids make terrible lead riders, side riders, etc.... One needs to learn to give said kid lots of space, and you can have a ton of fun!

I knoweth from what I speak, cause I was 'drafting' my 10 year old daughter, while hauling my little one on a "trail-gator" this last sunday, a guy on a golf cart (we were on a MUT - near a golf course) kind of spooked her, she skidded to a stop, and I plowed into her (we weren't going fast) and I went down, on my knee, scuffed up my knee a little, no damage to the bike, and a really hurt soul of a 10 year old daughter - for making her papa crash (she REALLY likes her papa)....

we spent the rest of the day explaining to her that it was *MY* fault, no fault at all of hers, that she did the right thing, etc etc.....