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SunDeck
04-10-2006, 12:51 PM
Those of you without kids, please indulge me. This is the kind of thing that makes you realize your kids are growing up faster than you can imagine.

My five year old demanded to have his training wheels taken off last week. So, I raised them up like a good dad, figuring the kid didn't know what he was in for. I figured he could go a month like that, then we'd give it a try.
Then, while I was out, he bugged my wife until she relented. She bundled him like it was midwinter against the inevitable first wipe out. She removed the training wheels, and lectured him on how he would fall, and that it would hurt a little, but that he'd be okay.

Then he hopped on the bike and took off like he'd been riding for a year.

westofyou
04-10-2006, 12:55 PM
Then he hopped on the bike and took off like he'd been riding for a year.Cool... I had a purple banana seat bike at age five, I took the trainers off the first day, wiped out and continued on with life.

TRF
04-10-2006, 01:54 PM
my daughter is 7, and refuses to ride her bike. she almost crashed after we took the training wheels off, and now won't get back on.

Oh she'll tumble all over the place, ride skates, and everything else kids her age do. but she won't go near her bike.

pedro
04-10-2006, 01:57 PM
WOY pushed me into some thorn bushes when I was learning to ride a bike.

Jerk ;)

Falls City Beer
04-10-2006, 01:59 PM
My older daughter crashed right into a stop sign on her first go 'round on a bike, and I thought, yes, she clearly has the FCB gene.

DropDocK
04-10-2006, 02:03 PM
Congrats, kid obviously knew what he was doing!

I had a very small bike when I was 3-4, not much bigger than a tricycle. My dad had the training wheels on briefly before getting rid of them and I didn't look back. Same deal with cups. We never had sippy cups. Just a regular cup that he didn't fill up to the brim and we had to learn to drink without spilling.

Blimpie
04-10-2006, 02:18 PM
Much like WOY, I sported the dreaded banana seat on my first bike...but I did manage to avoid purple for the color. No matter, because I had other issues to contend with regarding this bike of mine.

It was presented to me in Massachusetts one summer while we were there visiting my mom's parents. My Portugese grandfather was charged with assembling the thing and...let's just say...he decided to leave the instructions in the plastic wrapper.

After the banana seat was fully situated, it came time to add the OTHER 1970's bicycle staple: The nylon safety flag? For those of you who are scratching your head right now, allow me to elaborate. This orange reflective flag was attached to a thin, fiberglass stick that measured some 4 feet long. The end of the stick was SUPPOSED to be secured to the rear axle with a nut. Supposed to, he said.

This now dearly departed Grandfather of mine assured me that this flag was supposed to be mounted to the FRONT axle of the bike--not the rear. I knew it was wrong, but I was told to stop being disrespectful and allow him to finish assembling my new bicycle.

When he was done, I had the whole neighborhood standing there watching me ride off on my maiden voyage...flag stick smacking me in the face for about two blocks before I finally bailed off of the thing "Ghost Rider style."

My mom finally convinced her father that I was telling the truth about the flag and the problem was later corrected. My detached retinas were fine by the time I returned to fourth grade...

KittyDuran
04-10-2006, 02:20 PM
Never had training wheels or a new bike (until I got a job and could pay for it myself - then I rarely used it...:rolleyes:). What we did have was an old green women's pedal bike that my Dad got at the Miami U lost and found. My first go on it (about 5) everything was fine until I skidded in a gutter with gravel, then fell off. I remember my Mom picking out the gravel with tweezers. She didn't get it all and up until about 10 years ago I could still feel a very small piece in my right knee. :p:

If we survived that ordeal and rode the green bike for a while, we could try our hand at the "English Racer", a 3 speed women's bike that my Dad also got at the Miami U lost and found. It took a while to get used to the hand brakes.

KittyDuran
04-10-2006, 02:24 PM
My little sis had a banana seat (can't remember the color) but she had the tassles hanging from the hand grips. This was also the bike she wiped out on - doing a front flip thru the handle bars to land on a metal trash can. She was also the only one who would get new bikes. Actually she got 3 - the banana seat, and 2 10-speed boy's bikes which both got stolen. :p:

RFS62
04-10-2006, 02:35 PM
My younger brother always knew how to work the system. He was afraid of riding a bike after a wreck on his first time without training wheels. He cried and whined, and mom bought him a go kart. I had a bike, he had a go kart.

I'd get a paperclip, he'd get an erector set.

KronoRed
04-10-2006, 02:37 PM
WOY pushed me into some thorn bushes when I was learning to ride a bike.

Jerk ;)
That's teaching for solid vets :D

RedsManRick
04-10-2006, 02:38 PM
I was just like your kid when it came to my bike SunDeck. I was 4 when I asked my mom to take off the training wheels and she just adjusted them. I told her I wanted the taken completely off and she said I had to wait until my dad got home. I didn't feel like waiting so I went out to the garage and tried to do it myself. Wrenches are complicated when you're 4. When my dad got home, he took them off and warned me about falling. I took off right away and rode around the circle of our closed subdivision. The couldn't get me off that bike for weeks.

I had a black huffy with a hard plastic seat and white plastic coverings over the spokes. It was a thing of beauty.

RFS62
04-10-2006, 02:39 PM
WOY pushed me into some thorn bushes when I was learning to ride a bike.

Jerk ;)



You probably had it coming.

:p:

SunDeck
04-10-2006, 05:39 PM
Classic 70's bike:
Purple, three speed, white metallic banana seat, fat slick on the back.


Sissy bar.

pedro
04-10-2006, 05:52 PM
Classic 70's bike:
Purple, three speed, white metallic banana seat, fat slick on the back.


Sissy bar.


I had one of these.

Obviously safety was not a concern in 1970's

http://www.bikevato.com/images/restoration/Lemon_Peeler/71_completeLemonpeeler.JPG

SunDeck
04-10-2006, 05:58 PM
Five speed- NICE.
I forgot about those little front wheels.

pedro
04-10-2006, 06:02 PM
Five speed- NICE.
I forgot about those little front wheels.

I think WOY had a grape crate for a while.

SunDeck
04-10-2006, 06:11 PM
http://members.aol.com/oldbicycle/GRAPE1.JPG

Man, I totally wanted one of these. There was a kid in the neighborhood with one and that thing was spotless. The light's kind of dorky though.

westofyou
04-10-2006, 06:12 PM
I think WOY had a grape crate for a while.
Pea Picker, no speed.. someone stole it from school.

http://pvbike.com/merchant/723/images/large/peapicker.jpg

pedro
04-10-2006, 06:14 PM
Pea Picker, no speed.. someone stole it from school.

http://pvbike.com/merchant/723/images/large/peapicker.jpg

I bet it was that Kelly Leak kid. punk.

http://www.truehoop.com/kelly.jpg

KronoRed
04-10-2006, 06:25 PM
Always wanted my bike stolen so I could get a new one.

Never happened, I ended up blameing it for breaking my arm ;)

It was a no speed, vanilla basic bike.

westofyou
04-10-2006, 06:33 PM
Always wanted my bike stolen so I could get a new one.

Didn't work that way for me, it got stolen and I got in trouble, I didn't get a new bike for a year and it was a downgrade, built out of the box 5 speed piece of crap, the next bike I got after that was made by CCM, the freaking Hockey Stick company.. it too was a hunk of junk.

Be careful what you wish for.

pedro
04-10-2006, 06:36 PM
Didn't work that way for me, it got stolen and I got in trouble, I didn't get a new bike for a year and it was a downgrade, built out of the box 5 speed piece of crap, the next bike I got after that was made by CCM, the freaking Hockey Stick company.. it too was a hunk of junk.

Be careful what you wish for.

that orange ten speed? ha.

I got a new myata 10 speed from Montgomery Cyclery

KronoRed
04-10-2006, 06:38 PM
Yesh..no wonder he pushed you into thorn bushes ;)

Blimpie
04-10-2006, 06:40 PM
Always wanted my bike stolen so I could get a new one.

Never happened, I ended up blameing it for breaking my arm ;)

It was a no speed, vanilla basic bike.Funny you should mention that...I was angling for a new ten speed (pre-mountain bike days) when I was fourteen. My parents renegged because I was "too hard" on the one I had. They decided to meet me half way and let me have my cousin's old ten speed :rolleyes: ...I guess their thinking was that it was new to me, so I should be happy as a clam.

Well, this P.O.S. was actually worse than the one that I had rode into the ground! So, I decided I would facilitate a theft at my high school and, viola--new bike would come rolling in directly. I told my parents that the lock was cut off at school and it had vanished...:beerme:

The truth was that I literally THREW my cousin's ten speed in the branches of a tree that stood about twenty feet off the main road in front of my high school. It might as well had a sign on it that read: "Please, steal me.." Not days, but weeks went by and there were no takers. Each morning, the school bus rode right past the tree and there it remained.

After about two weeks, I started to get scared that my mom would drive by and see my hand-me-down bike hanging in effigy at the school. So, I actually had to make the walk of shame back to the scene of the crime and remove my bike from the tree. By this point, I was so mad that my friend and I gave it a Viking funeral in the reservoir next to the school.

Most of my friends began driving by that summer, so the need for bikes of any sort immediately dwindled. Good times.