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    Where's Your Kid Riding Pics Front Range?

    Let's get this Passion thing started again. Thanks to FullTrucker for posting the , Do you like to get High, Man? thread. This is just what this forum needs. Post up your kiddo riding shots!

    Back on Father's day my wife and girls gave me one of the coolest Father's Day presents eva. A Shuttle ride with my girls who are eight and five down the Shinglemill Trail in Buffalo Creek. It was one of the raddest rides on a bike I've ever had, eva!


    at the Top of Shinglemill getting ready to drop in. My oldest on her customized Scott Scale 20 and me with my Fat Bike and towing my little one on a Trail a Bike.

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    Right at the boulder set the girls asked for a snack. Yeah, its not that far into the ride yet and storm clouds are brewing but sometimes you gotta give the kids an incentive to keep going. It was a picturesque spot anyhow.

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    Final shot of my oldest going down Shinglemill. So much fun in that day.

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    From awhile ago...


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    A little ridge line

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    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    cool thread! great shots!!!!
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    We didn't get to ride any trails but we did make the July 4th Parade.


    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11611397" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/11611397">Learning to Ride</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/bkayco">UT</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    This is getting me seriously excited about possibilities down the road with our 2 year old. Any thoughts on area trails that could be fun and reasonably safe for a strider/balance bike once he gets it down a little better?

    I ran across this video a while back. So awesome.


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    quick question: just bought a 12" bike for my boy's 3 year old bday - it came with training wheels...he is awesome on a strider....should i even offer the training wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead View Post
    quick question: just bought a 12" bike for my boy's 3 year old bday - it came with training wheels...he is awesome on a strider....should i even offer the training wheels?
    I'd recommend against it. Pull off the pedals until he's comfy on the new bike "striding" it and then put the pedals on when he asks for them. YMMV.

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    Here's a shot of my son at Ute Valley Park here in Colorado Springs. He's healing up from a broken arm (dirt jump crash) right now, but hopes to be back on the bike soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead View Post
    quick question: just bought a 12" bike for my boy's 3 year old bday - it came with training wheels...he is awesome on a strider....should i even offer the training wheels?
    My daughter just went from her Strider to a 16" pedal bike. I never took the pedals off. Just had her put her feet on the pedals, not worry about pedaling or braking, and gave her a running push in the park by our house. She balanced fine, and just put her foot down when she ran out of momentum. A couple of those and she was pedaling around. It did take a bit for her to learn how to brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead View Post
    quick question: just bought a 12" bike for my boy's 3 year old bday - it came with training wheels...he is awesome on a strider....should i even offer the training wheels?
    Does he know how to pedal? My son had never pedaled a tricycle before and took him a while to get the mechanics. He was an expert on the strider, but we used training wheels until he got the pedaling thing down. Two weeks later, good bye training wheels.
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    Here are a few of My son Lake (just turned 9)

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    We rode Flagstaff to the Ampitheater turn off on road bikes. He did the whole thing on his 1x CX bike. He was pretty proud of making it all the way to the top (definitely biggest hill he had climbed)

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    He raced the Vail/Go Pro games on the full course, he was pretty stoked to be able to do the whole thing, though he hated all the climbing

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    State Champs down in Colorado Springs where he finished 3rd. He was so pumped to walk away with a medal. I was too, especially since he said he won it for me (was on Fathers day).

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    So cool! I love when I take my nephew out for rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicket? View Post
    Any thoughts on area trails that could be fun and reasonably safe for a strider/balance bike once he gets it down a little better?
    If you're in the Boulder area, Valmont rocks for balance bikes!
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    I only just got my guys into riding last year. It took my [then] 7 year-old's enthusiasm to get the 10 year-old motivated. It's partly because the older is crazy tall so his growth rate has made proprioception an issue. I don't have much online right now, just a couple of videos uploaded from my phone. This is both of them just a couple of weeks after actually learning to ride for the first time.


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    Here's the [then] 10 year-old, starting out with a 26" bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg View Post
    If you're in the Boulder area, Valmont rocks for balance bikes!
    Just took a look at some videos of Valmont. The little man will most definitely be making a trip there once he gets a little more comfortable on the strider. In the meantime I'm content taking him for 7:00 AM Sat. and Sun. morning rides/walks around the neighborhood while wearing our pajamas.

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    Great thread and pic's guys!

    Those thunderstorm clouds look really ominous
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    Here is a quick clip from last season at Barnum. Sorry about the poor quality, only had my crappy phone with me.



    He was 9yrs old when this was shot and rides mtb, dj, skatepark and DH with me and also wants to learn trials. Also a pic from his first day at Trestle last week.

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    Definately some cool stuff in this thread and seeing themselves posted on the web really gets the kids excited.

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    Great idea for a thread!


    A friend of mine gave me a 24" scott scale that was a bit beat up. I replaced the rear derailleur, all cables and cable housing, brake pads, and tires and tubes. It ended up being a great bike for him. I was super stoked to get it for Zac. I never did feel it was fair that kids bikes weigh more than adults bikes.

    Here is a picture of him on his first trail ride with the new bike at Flatirons Vista.


    Here he is on his old bike.

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    Awesome Pictures everyone! Does the heart good to know that folks are getting their kids out to ride. Here's another one of my girl cruising the neighborhood singletrack on her 8th Birthday. It'll be time to upgrade her to a 24 inch soon.

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    I don't want to derail the thread, but what are peoples' takes on the upgrade from 20" to 24"? My "little" guy has issues with rocks and all and the jump from 20" to 24" seems like it would be a big improvement on what he can handle.

    ObPic: Here's a shot of the guy in question after coming down from Mt. Carbon at Bear Creak.


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    I am on the other end of this continuum, and I canít tell you how cool it is to ride with your kids @ 20 & 22, they ride hard and are really enjoying it. They drop me like a bad habit these days, but there was a time during the HS years, you couldnít pay them to ride a bike.
    Donít be discouraged, stick with them and they may just grow up to be the generation of riders.
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    Where's Your Kid Riding Pics Front Range?-rex-riding.jpg Flume Trail in Winter Park.

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    Re: Where's Your Kid Riding Pics Front Range?

    Goofing around with the girls in Ute Valley.



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    Riding with the kiddo is an indescribable joy...
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    especially since he as started teaching me...
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    yep... nothing better...
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    oh... here are some of them moving pictures too..
    This was from the summer of 2011, his first year on a 26" bike...

    Sooooo much stoke..

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    Character

    Not my kid, but I did "borrow" a 12-year-old last summer for a few rides...

    The mile or so of steep hike-a-bike up the CT from Chalk Creek proved ideal for "building character" in a young 'un:



    Built character in his pop and their guide as well, I admit:



    Tot got happier once finally over the top and into the Raspberry Gulch section (the much more kid-friendly, well, human-friendly, portion of Segment 14):



    On the return, the youth charged bravely down the gnarly switchbacks that he'd struggled to even push up. Bravo!



    And handled some middling chunk with poise too:



    Was a beautiful and fun adventure, the first of several we enjoyed as a group last summer. Been cool to watch this little dude progress year to year.

    Unsurprisingly, the lift-assisted riding at CBMR was a particulary big hit with the kiddo. Okay, the adults too.

    Looking forward to doing it again in a few weeks. I calculate the kid should be 13 this year... a bona fide teenager... which sounds old enough to me to sent out on the the dreaded Scarp Ridge Super Loop. Thinking we can send him on the whole thing while his dad and I just do the first half.... hmmmm....
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    I ride with my daughters quite a bit.
    I wish I had the opportunity to ride with my parents as playing soccer in the backyard with dad and brothers was one of the most fun things to do as a kid.

    Here is my youngest experiencing singletrack for the first time. She had to do this section over and over since it was such a rush for her.

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    Used to ride xc, but its all gone downhill

    Some of these are from a few years ago when both my son and daughter would ride with me. Now that they are teenagers, my daughter has better things to do and my son doesn't want to climb any more. Oh well, at least he still rides with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhead View Post
    quick question: just bought a 12" bike for my boy's 3 year old bday - it came with training wheels...he is awesome on a strider....should i even offer the training wheels?
    I would...my little guy never had a strider bike. He just practiced quite a bit with training wheels. The issue with strider bikes is they don't learn the pedaling thing (sort of important). I think it's more important to keep up the interest level,,,a big spill might scare em off. Kudos for the good present!

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    Riding at the Bar M trails with my 6 year old this past March:
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    Another character builder with a borrowed 13er

    My riding buddy from Austin brought his family back to Colorado for summer vacation again this year, and like last year, turned over the keys to his kid (and himself) for a day and let me pick them a good ride.

    Hmmmm, I wondered... what do kids like to ride? Oh, I know! Rutty granny-gear climbs are always fun!

    So, slowly up French Gulch and Little French we started:



    Pop looks on proudly as his offspring pushes ahead:



    Only an occasional "are we there yet?" was heard. At least it was a lovely hike:



    Finally, topped out at 11,200 ft. And man, what a purty view of Mt Guyot:



    The kiddo sure seemed to enjoy the reward of screaming down the sweet benchcut of Little French Flume:



    Unlikely place for a little jump park action, but why not try:



    Short but screaming descent down American Gulch Rd:



    Our main goal was to find the famous Great Flume. Not on the official bike map, it proved to be very real nonetheless. Real chunky, too:



    Wondering, "Will I stop down there somewhere if I slip?"



    Mandatory Hanging Bike B&W photo op, as required by Great Flume explorer protocol:



    The three happy explorers:



    Important safety tip: "Don't fall right":



    Tyke chugs across yet another scree slope:



    Er, I did mention there might be one more wee little hike-a-bike, right?



    What went down, must come back up:



    But then, it can go down again! Of course when that downhill happens on Humbug Hill Rd, watch out:



    This was one steep, rubble-infested, white-knuckle plunge to the finish, but we all ripped it more than it ripped us:



    Here's to another adventurous and exciting day in the mountains:



    It's quite fun trying to turn a rent-a-kid into a mountain goat.

    PS: number of other riders seen on this route = zero
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    cool thread...
    fun at Valmont
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    Nice Carey! Thanks again for planning the ride and taking the photos. It was a perfect ride for us both, as usual.

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    WIN!!! That is what this thread has!

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    More Ute. I've been trying to get her to tackle the big hill up to Ute, but until last week, she kept putting me off. I guess an ice cream cone incentive was the ticket! I think she stopped 3 times before getting to the top of the road - not bad - but then asked if we could continue up to "her favorite rocks"! I was pretty stoked. I had to help her up over the rocks, but she made it! I taught her how to ride a little drop up there and then we came back down. Great day!
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    First night ride



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    Junior at Mammoth

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakerz/9617095920/" title="KidsRidingAtMonumentRock by bbaker22, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/9617095920_03666af24e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="KidsRidingAtMonumentRock"></a>
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    The pics aren't great but there are pictures of my kids riding the Telegraph trails in Durango (not exactly front range) and some of the newer trails in Leadville leaving from the college. Their smiles make it worth it every time.
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    Thanks. That reminds me that I need to get my kids out riding more.

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