Tag Archives: Kids

Time in a (Water) Bottle

Time in a (Water) Bottle

I have this cranky teenage memory of being forced to ride my bike every night after dinner, with my parents. Every night, every summer, all summer long. Let me be clear—I was an awkward teenager, ...

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My Kid Raced World’s

My Kid Raced World’s

My four-year-old just raced in the Strider Bike World Championship. Everyone always thinks that my husband and I are going to push our kids because we’re athletes. Honestly, that couldn’t be ...

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing

During my days as a shop rat, I sold kids’ bikes by the shipping pallet. While proper setup required a certain sense of style and eye to what the West Coast was up to, there wasn’t ...

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Kid-Sized Pro

Kid-Sized Pro

When I was a kid, I didn’t understand why my parents wouldn’t buy me my own football helmet. I wanted a cool helmet with all sorts of extra face-maskery. I didn’t understand ...

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Delight

Delight

As his not-so-tininess The Deuce exited the turn I could see his eyes widen and mouth pull taught in an O of amazement. His expression said it all—Holy cow, I pulled it off! U-turns had been his ...

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Friday Group Ride #350

Friday Group Ride #350

Motivation, it’s a touch-and-go thing this time of year. I’ve been on the trainer in the basement, eyes closed, loud metal driving me not forward. I’ve been back and forth to ...

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Small-Scale Pro

Small-Scale Pro

Children face significant hurdles in learning to ride a bike. Sure, there are sizing issues; most bikes for kids each have about a magic six-month window in which their fit—and as a result, ...

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The Magic of Good Geometry

The Magic of Good Geometry

I hear from riders all the time that they can’t tell the difference between the differing geometries of different bikes. My response is always to give them more credit than they are willing ...

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Friday Group Ride #301

Friday Group Ride #301

We’ve talked a lot lately about the LBS, all the business pressures, the quality of service, what the future looks like. And before I go any further, I should own my bias. Bike shop owners ...

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The Bike-Shop-Quality Bike

The Bike-Shop-Quality Bike

I spent a number of years working retail, selling everything from records to model tanks and airplanes and, yes, my share of bicycles. During my time working for bike shops I became familiar with ...

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