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My saturday morining ride.(17 posts)

My saturday morining ride.the bull
Dec 6, 2003 10:26 AM
All straped in and ready to go!
Anxious to go!the bull
Dec 6, 2003 10:27 AM
I have found that..the bull
Dec 6, 2003 10:31 AM
The MTB is the way to go with the trailer.
It is geared low, has a better handling, and stops better.
But most of all it is plush for the steady cruising.
Get a helmet on that kid!!!spookyload
Dec 6, 2003 8:44 PM
Just because your child is in a trailer doesn't mean a helmet can be excluded. They make very small helmets for infants. There is no telling what could happen when on the road.
I was on the greenway today.the bull
Dec 6, 2003 9:07 PM
It runs through my city and is closed off to traffic.
I will get a helmet in the spring when it starts getting warmer and I go on a more traveled roads for longer distances. If I get one now she will out grow out of it and it will get little or no use, for the rides I take her on now are just around the block with little or no traffic.
Just a thought....cydswipe
Dec 7, 2003 6:14 AM
Bull, I'm in the same boat you are with kids and helmets. My wife bought a trailer late in the summer for my 3 year old to ride in. What we did was go to consignment shops. My wife found a kids helmet for under $10. I hear you about the youngest. I don't thuik I'd buy my 4mo. old a Pneumo either. Anyways, looks like a great ride! Who makes a better pacifier, Shimano or Campy? :)
Don't you love your daughter?irregardless
Dec 7, 2003 8:06 AM
Too expensive because she'll outgrow it (even though you have a $2000 mtbike frame)? Rides are short? C'mon. She deserves the same protection that most riders coming in the opposite direction have. Go ahead and take a chance with your head, but not with hers.
I'm with ya bull...biknben
Dec 7, 2003 8:59 AM
I first put helmets on my kids in the trailer. The seat back interferes with the helmet. The helmet extends off the back of the head a couple inches. When the child's back is pressed against the seat back, the helmet pushes their head forward. What you end up with is a child whose chin in in his/her chest, helmet pushed over their eyes, and rather uncomfortable.

I use my trailer on MUTs. There is nothing there that requires a child to use a helmet when they are inside a trailer. If it tips, the harness and cage of the trailer will provide the needed protection.

Enjoy your ride and be safe. Let these other guys get children of their own.
Never in a million years....irregardless
Dec 7, 2003 10:03 AM
would I do that. And I do have a son, and another on the way. And I learned, as you probably did as well, that children have softer skulls than adults. If a helmet won't fit, or it interferes, maybe that means you shouldn't be taking the child in the trailer in the first place, rather than using that as a justification for throwing caution to the wind. The fact that you first tried to use a helmet shows that even you knew it was the right thing to do. And don't kid yourself, there are hundreds of ways a child in a trailer can be injured on an MUT. And are you really suggesting that when you're on the MUT, you're wearing a helmet but your child isn't. Hmmm.
It's also against the law in California (see last sentence)irregardless
Dec 7, 2003 10:14 AM
§ 21212. Bicycle helmets; wearing and selling helmets in conformance with law; violations and penalties; use of penalty collections

(a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, or ride upon a bicycle as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standard), the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling, or the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM F-1447 standard). This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.
The land of fruits and nuts.the bull
Dec 7, 2003 3:00 PM
While it is okay by law to ride a motorcycle without one, right?

When is California going to be its own country, anyways?

Maybe it will just fall off in to the ocean or burn to the ground.

I wont miss it!
A link for you and your daughter, wherever you liveirregardless
Dec 7, 2003 3:22 PM
http://www.bhsi.org/little1s.htm
Getting outside begins at an early age.the bull
Dec 7, 2003 4:55 PM
I dont think riding down the sidewalks and greenways going less than 10 miles an hour is dangerous. I am also not the average idiot on a bike. I have great bike handling skills!

On a different note.Sports can be dangerous and you can get hurt, true. I want to teach my kids to have fun and be athletic. Not stay at home cut out paperdolls with safty sissors.

There is always risk to everything we do. When I was a kid we played tackle football without helmets or pads and jumped BMX bikes 8 feet high and cleared distances of 25 yards! You would get beat up it you showed up at "The Bowl" with a helmet or those dorky checkered covered pads on your TT and handle bar. Yes, I still have scars on my legs from where the Bearclaw pedals ripped up my shins. I also took a karate class as a kid and got involved in some sparing. It was fun. So was all the surfing I did in the Pacific Ocean with the sharks and rocks.

WHAT DOES NOT KILL YOU WILL ONLY
MAKE YOU STRONGER!-Someone

LIVE A FULL LIFE! EVEN IF IT IS SHORTER!- the bull
Getting outside begins at an early age.striker
Dec 8, 2003 3:34 AM
I agree with you whole heartedly and I'm not gonna rail you for not having him wear a helmet. I got my little one a helmet early even though I didn't take her on centuries or local singletrack. I got it to get her used to it and now she doesn't even think twice about it. It's harder to get them to do stuff when they are older, believe me.

Some of the best rides I've ever done have been with my daughter. Enjoy the ride.
Re. Getting outside begins at an early ageZenJones
Dec 9, 2003 5:55 AM
Beautiful little girl!!

Here's our little Pea...
How many times have you crashed and it involved a car?Asiago
Dec 8, 2003 1:13 PM
Accidents happen. I fortunately have never crashed with a car involved. That said, I have never, EVER taken my son for a ride in the Burley without a helmet. And he never, EVER rides his training-wheel equipped bike without a helmet. He's now 3-1/2 and he would never think of getting in the trailer or on the bike without a helmet whther it's around the block, down to the corner, into town or whatever. Now, whenever we see another rider (bicycle or mortorcyle) without a helmet, he immediately points out that individual as being "naughty."

Get that kid a brain bucket. And one for yourself too. You've got a family to concern yourself with now.

Asiago
sit him in front of the TVgeorge_da_trog
Dec 7, 2003 5:05 PM
it's safer.

george