RR:Singing in spring

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  1. Simon

    Simon Guest

    So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and some
    10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks damn
    strange: 24" wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat attached.

    Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on and raring to go.

    I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat on
    back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later doing 17
    mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and animals she
    sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop into.........I never meant
    to leave the ground but speed+small bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat
    myself. My bike jumps and handles well within the air but with a child on the back its very
    unbalanced. However we landed safe.

    I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I looked at Chloe expecting her
    to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again. ........kids!

    We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We were soon up to speed and
    loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority of weight was over the
    rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had travelled 12 miles and I
    figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to head home.

    The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly 18-20mph whilst sliding round corners and trying to get
    a little air to make her giggle more.

    I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was it fun.

    Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.

    PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm clothing.....just in case any
    one wondered.
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  2. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Little do you know what you've started. Now, she'll be wanting to go biking all the time! "Let's
    catch some air!" she'll say.

    --
    Bob ctviggen at rcn dot com

    "Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    > old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and
    > some 10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks
    > damn strange:
    24"
    > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    >
    > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    > raring to go.
    >
    > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat
    > on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later
    > doing 17 mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and
    > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself. My bike jumps and handles
    > well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    >
    > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again.
    > ........kids!
    >
    > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority
    > of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had
    > travelled 12 miles and I figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    > home.
    >
    > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    > Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    >
    > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was
    it
    > fun.
    >
    > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    >
    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    > in case any one wondered.
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  3. ..::Tbf::..

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    http://members.rogers.com/theblackfoxx/ "Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    > old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and
    > some 10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks
    > damn strange:
    24"
    > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    >
    > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    > raring to go.
    >
    > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat
    > on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later
    > doing 17 mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and
    > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself. My bike jumps and handles
    > well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    >
    > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again.
    > ........kids!
    >
    > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority
    > of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had
    > travelled 12 miles and I figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    > home.
    >
    > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    > Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    >
    > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was
    it
    > fun.
    >
    > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    >
    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    > in case any one wondered.
    > --
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    >
    >

    Sounds like my kid, fearless
     
  4. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Simon wrote:

    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm clothing.....just in case any one
    > wondered.

    I just assumed you had tied her to a rope and was dragging her along...

    ;-)

    Penny
     
  5. "Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    > old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and
    > some 10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks
    > damn strange:
    24"
    > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    >
    > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    > raring to go.
    >
    > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat
    > on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later
    > doing 17 mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and
    > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself. My bike jumps and handles
    > well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    >
    > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again.
    > ........kids!
    >
    > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority
    > of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had
    > travelled 12 miles and I figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    > home.
    >
    > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    > Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    >
    > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was
    it
    > fun.
    >
    > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    >
    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    > in case any one wondered.
    > --
    > *************************************************
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    > *************************************************
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    > solely for the addressee. Access to this email by anyone
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    > is unauthorised. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying,
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    > or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it, is
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    > and may be unlawful.
    >
    > The views expressed here are my own & do not represent or reflect the
    views
    > or policies of Tau-Designs.co.uk
    >
    >
    Good for you. I just go back from watching my son do a bunch of laps at the local BMX track. We rode
    a bit together at Moab last week. Now that he is 9, and I have spent several years with him in
    various forms of tow, he is beginning to show interest, stamina and ability. It has all paid off.
    --
    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado
     
  6. Kathleen

    Kathleen Guest

    Penny S. wrote:
    > Simon wrote:
    >
    >
    >>PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm clothing.....just in case any one
    >> wondered.
    >
    >
    > I just assumed you had tied her to a rope and was dragging her along...

    I figured she was running along behind the bike, with no water.

    Kathleen "Ah, don't worry about it, she's fine."
     
  7. Kathleen

    Kathleen Guest

    Simon wrote:
    > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    > old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and
    > some 10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks
    > damn strange: 24" wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat attached.
    >
    > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on and raring to go.
    >
    > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat
    > on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later
    > doing 17 mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and
    > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but speed+small bump just before downward slope =
    > air. .........I totally shat myself. My bike jumps and handles well within the air but with a
    > child on the back its very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    >
    > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I looked at Chloe expecting her
    > to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again. ........kids!
    >
    > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We were soon up to speed and
    > loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority of weight was over
    > the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had travelled 12 miles and
    > I figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to head home.
    >
    > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    > Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly 18-20mph whilst sliding round corners and trying to
    > get a little air to make her giggle more.
    >
    > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was it fun.
    >
    > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    >
    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm clothing.....just in case any one
    > wondered.

    I never did like our kiddie seat, even when the kids were small. Too easy for them to
    unbalance me by swaying side to side, and it also put my butt within reach of those little
    feet. Kickety, kickety kick. The Burley trailer (for road or bike path rides), or the
    trail-a-bike worked out much better. A trailer's nice for long rides, because they can have
    their snacks and toys, etc., and it's comfortable for them to nap, too, if they get tired.
    The trail-a-bike was good, too, because it helped build their stamina - they could pedal as
    long and as fast as they wanted, and rest when they needed to without having to stop and
    wait. Although I must admit it really annoyed me to be honking up a hill with a child in tow
    and hear the whizzing of the pedals spinning backward.

    Kathleen
     
  8. Simon

    Simon Guest

    "..::TBF::.." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    |
    |
    <SNIP>|
    | Sounds like my kid, fearless
    |
    |

    She watches extreme sports channel all the time prefering bmxing to the tweenies. She has said she
    wants to ride bmx and mountain bikes when older and to learn how to jump etc and she will.

    Simon......makes me feel all warm n fuzzy inside
     
  9. Simon

    Simon Guest

    "Kathleen" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    | Simon wrote:
    | > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4
    | > year old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in
    and
    | > look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and some 10 minutes later I have fitted
    her
    | > childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks damn strange:
    24"
    | > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    | >
    | > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    | > raring to go.
    | >
    | > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child
    | > seat on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes
    | > later doing 17 mph. Chloe
    is
    | > loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds
    and
    | > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    | > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    | > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself.
    My
    | > bike jumps and handles well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    | > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    | >
    | > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    | > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning
    and
    | > asking to go again. ........kids!
    | >
    | > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    | > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the
    | > majority of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated
    | > we had travelled 12 miles and
    I
    | > figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    | > home.
    | >
    | > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle
    twinkle
    | > little star and Michael Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    | > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    | >
    | > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy
    was it
    | > fun.
    | >
    | > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    | >
    | > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    | > in case any one wondered.
    |
    | I never did like our kiddie seat, even when the kids were small. Too easy for them to unbalance me
    | by swaying side to side, and it also put my butt within reach of those little feet. Kickety,
    | kickety kick. The Burley trailer (for road or bike path rides), or the trail-a-bike worked out
    | much better. A trailer's nice for long rides, because they can have their snacks and toys, etc.,
    | and it's comfortable for them to nap, too, if they get tired. The trail-a-bike was good, too,
    | because it helped build their stamina - they could pedal as long and as fast as they wanted, and
    | rest when they needed to without having to stop and wait. Although I must admit it really annoyed
    | me to be honking up a hill with a child in tow and hear the whizzing of the pedals spinning
    | backward.
    |
    | Kathleen

    I have been looking at the trail-a-bikes lately as she is 4 now and wants to be doing more. If you
    have any recomendations feel free to shout them out.

    Simon
    |
     
  10. L Hays

    L Hays Guest

    "Kathleen" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Simon wrote:
    > > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4
    > > year old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in
    and
    > > look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and some 10 minutes later I have fitted
    her
    > > childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks damn strange:
    24"
    > > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    > >
    > > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    > > raring to go.
    > >
    > > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child
    > > seat on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes
    > > later doing 17 mph. Chloe
    is
    > > loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds
    and
    > > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    > > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself.
    My
    > > bike jumps and handles well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    > > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    > >
    > > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    > > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning
    and
    > > asking to go again. ........kids!
    > >
    > > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    > > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the
    > > majority of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated
    > > we had travelled 12 miles and
    I
    > > figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    > > home.
    > >
    > > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle
    twinkle
    > > little star and Michael Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    > > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    > >
    > > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy
    was it
    > > fun.
    > >
    > > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    > >
    > > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    > > in case any one wondered.
    >
    > I never did like our kiddie seat, even when the kids were small. Too easy for them to unbalance me
    > by swaying side to side, and it also put my butt within reach of those little feet. Kickety,
    > kickety kick. The Burley trailer (for road or bike path rides), or the trail-a-bike worked out
    > much better. A trailer's nice for long rides, because they can have their snacks and toys, etc.,
    > and it's comfortable for them to nap, too, if they get tired. The trail-a-bike was good, too,
    > because it helped build their stamina - they could pedal as long and as fast as they wanted, and
    > rest when they needed to without having to stop and wait. Although I must admit it really annoyed
    > me to be honking up a hill with a child in tow and hear the whizzing of the pedals spinning
    > backward.
    >
    > Kathleen

    I also ride with the trail-a-bike and love every minute of it. My son (3 years old) has a great
    time and is finally starting to pedal to help me out. One thing about the trail-a-bike is the
    balance; it is actually very easy to stay upright in comparison to a child seat. The bike even has
    a bash bar under the bb so that we are able to clear logs.

    I took my soon around Landahl for our MTB Summit this year and the look of amazement on people's
    faces as we cleaned sections was priceless.

    A 119.00 well spent.

    Lance
     
  11. Westie

    Westie Guest

    "Simon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > So here I was sitting home feeling alot better and needing to ride. Unfortunately I have a 4 year
    > old (Chloe) that says I need to stay in and look after her. We can combine the 2 thinks me and
    > some 10 minutes later I have fitted her childs seat to my 24 bikes pornking. This in itself looks
    > damn strange:
    24"
    > wheels 3"irc kujos pornking frame all in black with a kiddies seat
    attached.
    >
    > Fifteen minutes later we have water,snacks and tools packed. Helmets on
    and
    > raring to go.
    >
    > I head out straight for the canal towpaths figuring a smooth terrain is advisable with child seat
    > on back. Newly acquired GPS is mounted on handlebars and we hit the towpaths 15 minutes later
    > doing 17 mph. Chloe is loving it asking to go faster whilst still pointing out all the birds and
    > animals she sees. The track then veers off through some low lying woods which we drop
    > into.........I never meant to leave the ground but
    speed+small
    > bump just before downward slope = air. .........I totally shat myself. My bike jumps and handles
    > well within the air but with a child on the back
    its
    > very unbalanced. However we landed safe.
    >
    > I pulled over by the next bench and sat down, heart still beating. I
    looked
    > at Chloe expecting her to be a little scared. Instead she was grinning and asking to go again.
    > ........kids!
    >
    > We sat and had a bite to eat, her more than me, then set off again. We
    were
    > soon up to speed and loving it. Each corner that was slightly wet was interesting as the majority
    > of weight was over the rear wheel and it was damn easy to start sliding. The gps stated we had
    > travelled 12 miles and I figured that was far enough for today and subsequently turned around to
    head
    > home.
    >
    > The homeward journey involved Chloe singing such hits like twinkle twinkle little star and Michael
    > Finnegan whilst travelling along at roughly
    18-20mph
    > whilst sliding round corners and trying to get a little air to make her giggle more.
    >
    > I know its not a technical ride, nor a long ride..............but boy was
    it
    > fun.
    >
    > Simon............still smiling now..and she's asleep next to me.
    >
    > PS she was wearing helmet, gloves, eye protection and warm
    clothing.....just
    > in case any one wondered.
    > --
    > *************************************************
    > ***-=[ http://www.tau-designs.co.uk ]=-***
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    > and may be unlawful.
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    > The views expressed here are my own & do not represent or reflect the
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    > or policies of Tau-Designs.co.uk
    >

    Sounds like it was too easy - just kids-stuff, you could say! <grin> Good to hear you two are
    enjoying the spring riding.
    --
    Westie
     
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