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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Awesome picture!!
    Thanks! :-)

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    Hello fellas! I'm Will 42 years old and I've been riding all my life. had a very long layoff during my early 20s-30s chasing girls. But when I found my wife, we had to make some little shredders! My son Liam is 6 and my little girl Elle is 4. Trying to convince the wife to ride with us, but it aint gonna happen. Aw well, at least I got 2 little ones to share the joy with!
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    Rick here.
    Rode a little of everything during my youth and then nothing. Got back into riding a couple years ago due to my son.

    Here's Ethan at age 5 on his Specialized P16 Grom:



    His very first bike was this little Giant Animator:



    He's 6 1/2 now and has outgrown his current bike so it's a toss up between these 3 as a replacement:







    Too bad they're not green. He likes green.
    Gonna try to get him to test ride these soon.
    He'll have the final say.
    As long as he's happy, I'm happy.

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    Good job!

    had 1,5 years old boy with first bike Strider )
    Original Balance Bike - Strider 12 Classic | Strider Bikes

    perfectly matching my intense colours

    Riding with family takes lot of time and efforts

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    Nice choice of bikes! He'll be one very happy kid.

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    Parents - Roll call here.-twins1.jpgHowie here. 25 years old, always had a passion for riding. My twins are going to be 4 in July. For their third birthday, the got Strider bikes, my daughter a pink one, and son got an orange one to match dads Fuel EX. As Nick_M said, riding with family takes a ton of effort. At their age, they are absolutely ecstatic to go riding, until they are 10 minutes down a trail and would rather walk, and then dad gets to carry the bikes.

    My daughter picked it up quick and can scoot right along. My son isn't quite as brave to actually get some momentum and let his feet off the ground, but he will learn.

    Still trying to get my wife into it, but I feel she is making some headway. She got a nice purple trek something or other last year as encouragement to come riding with me - that, and I was tired of her giving me a hard time for how much I spent on my bike, so she got one too.

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    Justin here. I am 41 yrs old. Used to race DH and XC at a pretty decent level. Wife has been on a Worlds squad for XC, so our boy was born to ride. He picked up his Strider at about 1yr old and hasn't looked back except to make sure we are still there behind him. Love watching his joy on the bike. He turns 2 in one month and I look forward to riding with him for the rest of my life.

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    this past weekend (1 month shy of 2yrs old)
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    What about us grandparents? We have more time to spend with the kiddies. My name is Dan. My wife & I have been into mixed rural road/trail riding since 2010. My 7 year old granddaughter has advanced quite nicely on her 16" "character bike". She also has a 5 year old & a 20 month old brother. She has ridden in a child seat for several years until she got too big for it.







    On our last camping trip she rode with some kids from the site across from ours & now she wants a bike with a hand brake. She also took a 1 1/2 mile ride with us & later did a couple of laps with me around our loop which had some pretty steep hills. She wants a bottle holder & mirror just like "Poppy's & Gammy's" bikes.

    Pretty tall order. Hand brake, bottle holder, mirror & she needs something that will climb hills better. Since she is likely to grow out of anything that fits her 3' 8' frame & we didn't want her handicapped with a heavy Wally World cheap bike, we decided to get a bike for all of the little munchkins to use as they grow into/out of it.

    A 24" WOOM 5 is probably going to be purchased next Chrismas if Kennedi grows enough and/or then 6 year old Owen can handle the WOOM 4..

    Yesterday, the UPS man delivered a WOOM 4. It has all the prerequisites as well as 8 speeds to climb hills.


    It has rivnuts installed under the down tube for a side loading bottle cage & it even has bar ends that allow the installation of a Mirrycle MTB mirror!


    WE will be presenting the bike to the kiddies at Christmass as a gift to all. Next year I'll be getting some pictures to post.
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    Those that say "hardtails rule" never rode the miles I ride on the trails I ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 213CL9 View Post
    Rick here.
    Rode a little of everything during my youth and then nothing. Got back into riding a couple years ago due to my son.

    Here's Ethan at age 5 on his Specialized P16 Grom:



    His very first bike was this little Giant Animator:



    He's 6 1/2 now and has outgrown his current bike so it's a toss up between these 3 as a replacement:







    Too bad they're not green. He likes green.
    Gonna try to get him to test ride these soon.
    He'll have the final say.
    As long as he's happy, I'm happy.
    How about this one then?


    $449 delivered from Amazon. 8 speed SRAM cassette. QR skewers front & rear, QR seat post clamp.

    18# 1oz W/pedals and a Mirrycle MTB mirror as pictured below. I weighed it on my digital fish scale that is accurate to less than 1 oz.


    And they still have one left in GREEN!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B1DK4HS...ing=UTF8&psc=1

    If you miss out on that one, you can order one direct, but you'll pay $15 more for shipping.

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    Those that say "hardtails rule" never rode the miles I ride on the trails I ride.

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    My 5 year old son got me in to mountain biking. I'm Eric, 47 years old from the Philippines. I got him a Merida 20" kids bike when he was 4. He then convinced me 3 months ago to get my own bike and ride with him. We started doing trails and he loved it. I taught him the basics but My problem now is I have ran out of things to teach him. I asked him once why he was landing wobbly after a jump and he told me "I'm trying to do tail whip". What Kids learn from watching YouTube. . . .


    It's really awesome that after each ride, he'd tell me "That was fun, you're the best dad ever".


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    Quote Originally Posted by XCSKIBUM View Post
    How about this one then?


    $449 delivered from Amazon. 8 speed SRAM cassette. QR skewers front & rear, QR seat post clamp.

    18# 1oz W/pedals and a Mirrycle MTB mirror as pictured below. I weighed it on my digital fish scale that is accurate to less than 1 oz.


    And they still have one left in GREEN!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B1DK4HS...ing=UTF8&psc=1

    If you miss out on that one, you can order one direct, but you'll pay $15 more for shipping.

    Bikes | WOOMBIKES USA
    Thanks!
    Never heard of Woom Bikes before. Definitely like the weight savings and the fact that it comes in green. Found this one on their site:





    Love the color scheme but kinda steep at $550.
    Went to look at a couple Trek Superfly's today and the 2017 models come in both black and green. ~$379
    Reasonable price and still light at 19.08 lbs. (I had them weigh it)





    Ultimately my boy's gotta test fit/ride them first before a final decision is made. Unfortunately I cannot seem to locate any Woom Bikes anywhere near me.

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    Hello! My name is Brandon and I have 2 boy, a 4 year old names Riley who is currenty riding a Raleigh Rowdy, and a 2 Year old Named Liam who is on a Strider bike. I have only been on a MTB for about 6 months crossed over from Dirtbike so the switch was pretty easy.

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    Great thread!! My name is Michelle. I'm 36 yrs old, married and have a 10 yr old daughter. I am new to Mtn Biking but my husband rode a lot as a teenager. He's transitioning right back into the sport. Our daughter hasn't been out on trails yet, mainly just paved trails around local parks. She's wanting to learn more and we are working with her on some terrain now on how to use her gears and body position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEricksen View Post
    . I have only been on a MTB for about 6 months crossed over from Dirtbike so the switch was pretty easy.
    Us too. Been riding dirtbike a few years, mostly trail riding, some track but not as much. it has certainly made some things easier.

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    Hi I'm Brian, I've considered myself a mountain biker for 21yrs I guess, but I've loved riding my bike since I learned how. I have two sons 5 and 3(ish). My oldest just had his 5th birthday and got a new (to him) Redline MX-16 to move him up from his Specialized Hotrock 12" that his younger brother will now move up to from the bike they both started on, a bright green Strider. I also recently picked up a used 20" Hotrock that is going to be a project bike until my oldest is big enough to ride it. My goal is to teach him how to turn a wrench, keep it clean and make it "his own" until he ends up with a rather nice and light bike that he can actually hit trails with me on. I'm hoping that they both fall in love with riding their bikes and the freedom that comes with it.

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    For those of you that ride MTB and moto, there is a new player in the market. My boy loves his. (he is 2.5yrs next month and has been ripping his Stacyc since Christmas)

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    Try to be good.

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    Hi. I'm Eric. I started mountain biking about 8 years ago. I stumbled across mention that some of the best trails in the state were less than a 10 minute drive from my house, so I had to see what it was about. Now I can't get enough. The problem is I also really enjoy whitewater kayaking and motorsports (these days it's "track day" events at the local road courses) so budget and time are limitations. Luckily, my wife rides as well! We ride mostly xc, though have done some am and even lift access stuff. My favorite place to ride is DuPont. I have a 2015 trek fuel 27.5, and she has a 2015 giant lust 27.5.

    My 5 and 7 year old daughters finally ditched the training wheels late winter this year. They enjoy watching videos (such as nate hills follow cam friday) and say stuff like "I want to do that." Unfortunately, neither of them are incredibly brave and they both put on a drama show over the smallest of injuries. So naturally, the goal is to somehow turn them into proper little dirt shredders so we can all ride together. My 7 year old got her first "real" bike a few days ago (haro flightline 20) and is loving it so far. As of a couple weeks ago my backyard now contains a mini trail for them to get started on.

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    Upgrade of kid's bike (24" and 20")

    Hi, Jiri, three kids, 6, 7 and 9. All riding bikes since their 3-4 years. Now two with 20", one with 24.
    I’ve read a few discussions about building a kid’s bike with a reasonable weight. Based on these and some further internet research, I built three kid’s bikes: two 20” and one 24”. This is meant to help other father-bikers (but mums as well) in building a bit optimized kids bike. Some people weigh every component; this is not my way. This is rather a compromise to build simple, reliable and reasonably light kid’s bike with limited budget and time effort. Enjoy!

    20”:
    Frame: I bought used GT Laguna bikes (20”). Important point: it has quick release on both wheels. This is VERY useful. There is nothing much to do about the frame.
    Wheels: things can be done here. Go to www.taylor-wheels.de and look for 20” rear wheel (23 EUR). I took this one: https://www.taylor-wheels.de/laufrad...0-7-10-schwarz. No need to use the double-wall one (it is heavier but kids won’t break the lighter single wall anyway). If interested, upgrade also front wheel but I don’t think it is necessary.

    Tyres: a lot can be saved here. Stock tires can weigh up to 800 g each (not joking!) I replaced them by Schwalbe CX Comp tire which is smoother, lighter and has reflective band (10 EUR each). It rolls really well (https://www.koloshop.cz/pneumatiky,-...ast-drat-.html).

    Transmission – 8 speed upgrade: optimization can also be done here. I removed the whole 7-speed Shimano transmission and replaced it by SRAM 3.0 gripshift (Gear Lever Gripshift Sram 3.0 - 8 s - XXcycle - en, X4 8-speed shifter can be used too), 8-speed Alivio cassette (11-32) and SRAM 8-speed chain with speed link. I installed new and clean cables as it must run as smoothly as possible - don’t save money here. I kept the original crankset.

    Transmission – 9 speed upgrade: the same as above but for the older child I found some
    older SRAM X7 shifter (with indicator). I think the 1:1 ratio makes it easier to operate than the 1:2 shifters from Shimano. I used 9-speed chain and 9-speed SRAM PG980 cassette (11-34).

    Brakes: I changed the cables so that especially the rear brake goes smoothly. I kept the original brakes as replacement would not change much.

    Handle bar & stem: difficult to find short and light 25.4 mm stem. So I kept the original. But I found some light (~170 g) straight 25.4 mm handlebar so I replaced it. Being there, find also some nice grips so that the kids like the feel.

    Fork: keep rigid. No need to invest in heavy and stiff suspension fork.

    24”
    Frame: Cube 24” – again nothing much to do here. Watch out for quick releases – not all bikes have them.

    Wheels: similar to 20”: go to www.taylor-wheels.de and look for 24” rear wheel (23 EUR). I took this one: https://www.taylor-wheels.de/laufrad...enkranz-silber. No need for the double-wall one. If interested, upgrade also front wheel but I don’t think it is necessary.

    Tyres: same as for the 20” but in 24” size.
    Transmission – 9 speed upgrade: this time I took my older XT shifter, SRAM 9-speed cassette PG-980 (11-34) and SRAM 9-speed chain. I used XT derailleur. I also upgraded the crankset: the bike came with 3-speed and front derailleur. I removed these and bought Suntour XCT Jr with 152 mm cranks (SR Suntour XCT JR-T202 Junior Crankset - Black - XXcycle - en), 20 EUR. I removed the largest chainring AND the front derailleur. The website says it is 7/8 speed compatible but I run it with 9-speed without problems.

    Brakes: I installed Shimano Capreo but it is not necessary.
    Handlebar and stem: original heavy handle bar was replaced by MUCH lighter S-Works 25.4 mm. No changes in stem.

    Fork: this is interesting. Stock forks are usually too stiff and extremely heavy (2 kg). There are three options: 24” rigid fork (~800 g and no hassle), good 24” air fork (Spinner Grind or Suntour XCT Jr Sr Suntour XCR Air LO MTB Fork Suspension - 24' - XXcycle - en, 120 EUR, 1.8 kg but mostly disc only) or modify older Rock shox Sid or Manitou R7 (80 mm, ~1320 g, air). An adapter is necessary to make the 26” fork V-brakes bolts fit to the 24” wheel. This can get complicated as it is not available on the market. I installed rigid fork as an old Sid (2002) did not work as I expected.

    Sure there can be more work done (disc brakes, 10 speed, etc.) but keep in mind that the kids will use the bike for 2-3 years maximum. With these quite simple modifications I think the bikes are now well adapted for the 6 to 10 year old kids – without much investment in time and money. And I can say that we’ve all already been enjoying riding together.

    Sorry for those living outside of Europe as most of my resources are european. But I think you'll be able to find local supplies. Enjoy!
    Here are pics of the 24" upgrade.
    BTW I've been riding MTB for the last 20 years with more or less regular frequency but always a lot of fun. Last ride was at Finale Ligure. It is fun to make obstacle-trails for the kids to learn how to handle their (usually too big) bikes.
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