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    ... and if we just ... World's best riding partner...Friday's ride w/ pics

    With the school year winding down, my oldest daughter was free about an hour earlier than normal. I said to myself, “Self, since we have some free time, why not take her on a ride?” So, after picking her up, off we went.

    My daughter has been out with me on a few shorter and easier rides, but I decided to give her something a bit more challenging. As expected, she started off a bit timid, but she quickly got into the groove.

    She mentioned that she was getting tired after mile 3 and I offered to head back to the truck, but she said that she was good for another loop. Total ride was a tad under 4.5 miles. Not too shabby since her little bike feels like it is made out of cast iron.


    1. Riding down a short drop.
    2. A rare photo showing that I actually know how to ride.
    3. Definition of passion.
    4. Bike swap. It was almost comical having me push her little 20” bike and her pushing mine. But, with my ride weighing less and rolling over roots easier than hers, it made the uphill portions easier. Looks like those 29ers may have a point, huh?













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    Great pics, Tom. The third one is pure passion!

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

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    Great Pics

    Great Pics, but looks like the helmet in the first picture needs to be adjusted. Not baggin on ya, just a friendly observation...happy trails

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    Great to see you taking the time to get your daughter out riding.

    Another observation, you may want to adjust the reach on your daughter's brake levers, her fingers seem a little stretched to reach them.

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    Jeez, ST, you can't please anyone, anymore.......

    First of all, good on ya for riding with your daughter. Cool pics, sure made me smile. You will never regret time spent with your kids. Also, before I forget, kudos to whoever built the trail you were riding on.
    For you others, ST obviously knows what he is doing. Evidence pic #3. Rather than pick on minute details, why not just enjoy? There's no need to "bag" on particulars such as the little one only using the front brake on a downhill that will eventually lead to an OTB and destruction of the world as we know it. Oh,wait, irony.

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    Your Pics Really Picked Me Up

    I've got three girls of my own and been really bummed out for days thinking about the horrific father-daughter bike encounter in the woods of Illinois. Ever a case for a lynch mob, that was it.

    So I was cheered up by your pictures of a father-daughter ride in the woods on the other end of the spectrum, of a great dad having great times together in a fun day in the woods. I'll try to get my kids together for a ride too.

    Is that a pre-ride preparation wound tatoo on the cheek or what?

    Great pictures altogether. Thanks for sharing.
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    Tattoo you...

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry

    Is that a pre-ride preparation wound tatoo on the cheek or what?
    My daughter's school had an end of the school year carnival that morning with all of the usuals...face painting, moonwalk, etc.

    Tom
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    Picking on minute details

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in AK
    First of all, good on ya for riding with your daughter. Cool pics, sure made me smile. You will never regret time spent with your kids. Also, before I forget, kudos to whoever built the trail you were riding on.
    For you others, ST obviously knows what he is doing. Evidence pic #3. Rather than pick on minute details, why not just enjoy? There's no need to "bag" on particulars such as the little one only using the front brake on a downhill that will eventually lead to an OTB and destruction of the world as we know it. Oh,wait, irony.

    Bill

    I don't think an improperly fitting helmet is a minute detail, an improperly fitting helmet can do as much damage as not wearing one.

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    Is that a butterfly on her cheek?

    Make sure that she enjoys the ride so she can ask for some more and please focus on safety before the ride.

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    Tom,...

    Great pics,..!!

    And I must agree with your post heading.

    My BEST riding partners are my kids too.

    The smiles on their faces, the screams of excitement on a downhill run, the grunting on a hard uphill, the sweat and dirt on their faces, and probably the most important of all,....is after the ride,....they say,..."Daddy,...lets do this trail ride together again,...IT WAS FUN!"

    Talk about "passion",........*VBS*


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    Very cool

    I am taking my kids to the trial that we are building this afternoon. The oldest just got her first "real" mountainbike. It, like the Raleigh your daughter is riding, is a brick. But it has 7 speeds to choose from, and a more aggresive riding position than her Schwinn SS. Here is a shot from a shakedown run in front of the house.
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    My 9 year old some loves coming out to the mountains with me. He is amazing, everytime we go he progresses so much, he allready goes up hills faster than me...(sigh)...here are some shots from a while back...

    In the parking lot before the ride...


    Goin down his first real "steep"


    On skull trail, he loves the bridge...


    Going down the big teeter....


    A little bike porn..our bikes at the wash station...



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    Haha real cool pics everybody, real cool to see the next generation comin up and havin a blast with bikes.
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    very cool
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    great stuff tom! good thing she and i will never be in the same age category.

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    Its a messed up world out there, but when you get to do stuff like that, you can honestly say, "It don't get no better than that!" and really mean it. That's the good stuff, man. Live large
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