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    Welcome I liked the way he just picked himself up and dusted himself off! Bet you can't wait to get him on that Banshee.

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    Hey, I'm Jim, 35 years old with three offspring I'm a returning mountain biker, already broken a couple of ribs so far this year and trying to avoid a repeat!!

    My kids are Sophie who is 6 and a half now,
    Ethan who's coming 5 in a couple of months,
    Erin who is turning 3 next week.

    I love them to bits, they've all got bikes, well, Erin gets hers this weekend for her birthday gift.

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    Hi - I am chuck, 44 years old. this is an awesome forum. I have 3 awesome kids. Emma - 12, Charlie - 9.9, Leo - just hit 5 today. I just got them riding on some loops Spring of '13. Emma rocks a trek MT220 (24" she bought with yard sale earnings) in purple, and she is too big for it. Charlie is riding a 20" trek, also too little, and Leo's quiver is a strider knock off (like it better than strider), a cruiser, and a big box 10" hand-me-down bmx style bike. It will be an expensive spring considering they all need new rides and I just bought a gently used Surly Krampus...

    Here are some pics of Leo on the attack:
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    He always wants to ditch school and go ride, and I can appreciate that.

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    Re: Parents - Roll call here.

    Quote Originally Posted by boogar73 View Post
    Hi - I am chuck, 44 years old. this is an awesome forum. I have 3 awesome kids. Emma - 12, Charlie - 9.9, Leo - just hit 5 today. I just got them riding on some loops Spring of '13. Emma rocks a trek MT220 (24" she bought with yard sale earnings) in purple, and she is too big for it. Charlie is riding a 20" trek, also too little, and Leo's quiver is a strider knock off (like it better than strider), a cruiser, and a big box 10" hand-me-down bmx style bike. It will be an expensive spring considering they all need new rides and I just bought a gently used Surly Krampus...

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    He always wants to ditch school and go ride, and I can appreciate that.
    Just upgraded my 10 yr old son to 1999 gary fisher big sur 14" that has been pimped. $200 son. Rjde the shiz out of that lightweight. I will be in his dust cloud on my krampus. Hooting all the way!!!

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    Parents - Roll call here.

    My name is Al, 42. Lilly is my oldest (2 1/2), and baby to be names later is due by April 25!

    Lilly already reads my Mountain Bike Action subs when they come in the mail!


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    AJ here. Lisa (3.5y) got her Supurb BO12 today. We took it out the box, assembled it and off she went. Think she will have little trouble passing on the Strider to one of her little friends...
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    Nice bike, haven't seen one of them before

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectMayhem View Post
    Nice bike, haven't seen one of them before
    Only introduced at Interbike last year. German brand/design. Lisa her bike is from the first production run. First impression is very good, solid build and as light as it can get within a EUR 400 price tag

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    Still amazed how quick she picked up cycling. The Strider has def helped a lot there. Also think it was a good thing we started with a 12" bike even though she will probably on a 14" bike in no time.
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    Nice one!

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    Mark here. Last two years I have been riding with my now almost 9 year old daughter in the Netherlands. I am currently looking to get her a small 26" bike we can build up with some light parts and a fork that actually does something.

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    Hi, I am Emil. My wife and I have three sons, ages 4, 8, and 12. We live in a fairly quiet area with some beautiful bike paths near Lake Michigan. We enjoy the fresh air while keeping active with our boys. One thing I have learned as a parent bicycling with young kids is that you can never be too safe. We have enjoyed many great family bike rides, but even in our quiet area with little traffic we have had close calls. One time when our middle son was just learning, we went for a bike ride where I was in the lead, next was him, then our oldest, and my wife with the youngest in the attached bicycle carrier. We stayed on the bike paths, and then there was a spot were we needed to turn right along the bike path. If you went straight you would go out into the road. I was coaching our middle son to slow down, and follow me to the right along the bike path. Well his foot slipped while slowing down, and instead of turning he went straight going out to the road while a car was coming. Thankfully, he didn't get hit, but it was a very close call. So I came up with an idea, being a hockey player, I had an old hockey stick shaft that I hockey taped to the front of his bike, and I then fastened it to the seat pole of mine. It worked great! He was still able to steer a bit on his own, but I could set the pace, slow him down or stop him. The next 6 or so family bike rides I used this contraption with him and it allowed me to coach him better, while it built his confidence. I wanted to share this idea with other families, because I'm sure there are similar stories out there. You can make your own, or I just designed a non-hockey stick version that you can check out if you like at Learn and Ride by Top Serve LLC . The one on the web site is made from furniture grade PVC, but if you wanted to make one yourself you could simply use PVC from the hardware store along with some nylon rope. Having your little one tethered to your bike, for my wife and I has made for a much more relaxing bike ride.

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    I'm Rachel. 3 kids. 2 girls, ages 8 and 6, one boy 4. My husband races and I did a couple this year as well (very slowly). Let the kids do the "kids' race" at each of mine. The oldest seems pretty interested in maybe doing a camp next year and/or racing. We also took them to COMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day this last weekend and the 6 year old likes to go fast down hills and through the twisty single track in the trees. The 4 year old just learned to pedal a month or two ago.

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    I'm Tom, ~40 and i've been riding since I was a kid. I moved to Munich in 2000 and my boss got me into mountian bike marathons in the Alps so I got an 'OK' bike there - my Scott - and have loved riding ever since.

    However, I mostly don't ride at all since moving to the Toronto area where the lifestyle does not have a huge amount of free time, but I digress

    I got my son a runners-bike wooden runner when he was nearly 2 and he's a somewhat stubborn kid and wouldn't go near it for ages. At some point when he was 2, he warmed to the idea and was off. I think he was taking it on gentle skate park stuff around his 3rd birthday. When that was getting too small for him, I 'de-pedalled' a 12" toddler bike and that became his new balance bike, but it took him a long time to get used to it and still preferred his wooden one even when he had turned 4.

    As for pedals, he was never one to work out pedalling for the longest time, even on one of those kiddy trike things. I got him a 14" pedal bike when he was 4, but he was really resistant to trying it and didn't get round to riding it until he was 5, this year.

    Because of his reluctance to pedal, I had let him use his balance bike for a very long time, and he loves it, but I didn't realise there were so many cool bikes now (Spawn). Maybe they would have helped the cause.

    Now I am stuck wondering what to do next. The 14" toy-shop bike he has now is abysmal and I really like the look of the 16" spawn bike, but wondering if I left it too late and should move on to a 20" bike now.

    And that brings me here, where I will no doubt spend a few months reading & researching, trying to work out what to get him next. he turns 6 in March next year...

    Hi all!

    Tom...

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