I’m announcing a new section of editorial here at RKP, an addition to our existing sections of Mind, Body, Machine, Race and Travel. For the sake of brevity and obviousness, we’re calling it “Family.” The point of this new section is to address something that’s not really being covered by other cycling media, at least, not with any consistency: passing cycling to the next generation.
The desire to pass cycling on to our children is a near universal experience among cyclists. That RKP exists and you are reading it now is because we understand the bicycle to be an instrument of freedom, of both mind and body. This is a truth we hold to be essential.
I hope to pass cycling on to both of my sons. My goal is less to have them for riding company than to share this simple device that has given me so much joy, helped me see so much of the world, helped me learn so much about myself and my own strengths and taught me so many lessons about life. I’d like it to be a tool for growth for them as well.
I know that of my many duties as a parent, one of those is to pass on a belief system that will, hopefully, grant them a moral compass, and serve to inform it. Among the many lessons cycling has taught me, the sport has given me a greater grasp of the social contract, helped me to better understand the implications of treating others as we treat ourselves. Rather than just handing off a set of abstract rules, every time you do a group ride you learn real lessons about consideration and cooperation.
You’ll find some posts in this section double-posted, that is filed in both “Family” and another section. It’s my hope that this new section might serve as one-stop shopping for those who are more interested in cycling on behalf of their children than their own riding; this will save them the need to scroll through other content. And some of these posts will have a larger life than just a concern for the intersection between kids and cycling.
“Family” will be a grab bag of content. We’re going to review some kids’ products, talk about teaching skills to our kids and explore the world with two wheels and our kids at our sides.