Start your kids from an early age...

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  1. genedan

    genedan New Member

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    Alright, so back at the Tour of Austin there was a junior criterium. Looks like someone's parents made sure their kid had the latest gear...

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    Lightweight wheels, Di/2
     
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  2. Scotttri

    Scotttri Member

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    Maybe going a little bit over the top. Wonder who makes the bike, i'd be interested in a multi gear bike for my 6 year old ( prob for his 7th birthday ) he's doing alright at the moment, bout 15km in an hour on his little BMX.
     
  3. wooliferkins

    wooliferkins New Member

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    Competetive Dad syndrome?

    Scottri, Giant do a youth race machine on 24" not sure on availability in Oz. Islabikes in the UK do a great line in real bikes for kids, kinda the wrong side of the planet for you though.
     
  4. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Can't beat pushy parents, eh?

    Kids at that age should be out playing on their bikes, not racing.
     
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    Unless they want to race.

    I think the little dude's bada$$.
     
  6. matagi

    matagi Well-Known Member

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    Did she win?
     
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    64Paramount Active Member

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    That was my thought too....
     
  8. gman0482

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    Really ? I can't agree with you guys on that one. (agree to disagree)

    That doesn't look like a "serious" race to me, but it looks like a "fun" race for kids. I think it's great. You can't judge how the parents are just because the kid has nicer gear than most of us, IMO. And what if the kid really wants to race ? Do you tell him/her no, go play outside ?
     
  9. genedan

    genedan New Member

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    It's kind of cute, I guess, but I can't fathom why anyone would shell out the big bucks for their kid - you don't want them growing up with a sense of entitlement. If I had a kid who wanted to do bicycle racing I'd be delighted, but as any good parent I would probably get him/her an old steel frame with downtube shifters for the sake of modesty, and probably get them some better equipment if they show talent.
     
  10. matagi

    matagi Well-Known Member

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    I think it is the sheer incongruity ..... this is obviously a fun race and this kid has been decked out as if she is competing in the Olympics.

    If I had a child who was that interested in cycling, I would certainly be shelling out the necessary cash to equip them properly but I would also have them signed up to the juniors program in the local cycling competition. I would most emphatically NOT have them competing in a kid's fun race in that gear.
     
  11. Scotttri

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    Thanks for the info I will look into it.

    I think it looks like a fun race as well., I wouldn't push my kids into anything as I think it would push them away.
     
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