Our 8yr old Kalden LOVES to road bike. We got him a Scott Speedster 24″ road bike last year and he was off and riding with a huge smile immediately. Road bikes have always been my first choice and with me spending a lot of time on mine and always having the Spring Classics or one of the Grand Tours on watching it with him, it was natural for him to want to join in the fun. Rewinding to last year when Kalden was 7 we knew he was skilled enough to handle a 24″ road bike. Our concern was his maturity and understanding of
“If you can’t stand to see your child unhappy, you are in the wrong business.” I have been thinking about this statement I read in a nytimes article about raising successful children. Letting your child fail is how they learn. This is much easier said than done…at least for me. But I’m trying. Kalden likes to ride without hands on the handlebars. It’s pretty impressive for a seven year old but at times, most times, he is merely showing off..showboating. Today he crashed hard on the pavement. He was fine and oh so embarrassed. We have been waiting for this day, it was bound to happen.
The first question that I heard a reporter ask Bradley Wiggins after he won the Tour De France was, “What are you going to tell your kids about this win?” What a wonderful question! But Bradley was tongue-tied and he could not answer the question. All he said was, “That I won the Tour De France.” WHAT! Millions of children just saw you win the hardest sporting event in the world. That answer either left children wondering or now millions of children think it’s rather easy to win the Tour since the answer was so simple. I’m sure he was caught off guard and maybe
“There are parents that let their kids climb trees and there are parents that don’t. You bet these parents let their kids climb trees. A broken arm is better than a broken spirit.” That is what the announcer of the U10 USA mountain bike national championship race said as the kids were lining up. I thought this was funny and 100% true. The race was held in Sun Valley, Idaho this past weekend. It just happened that we planned a trip here on the same weekend as bike week and the championships. We knew Kalden would be excited to race so we signed him up. We
It’s a Sunday afternoon in Fruita and I ‘m following my son down Kessel Run. I have done this for what seems like the 100th time since my son turned 3 and we introduced him to this heavenly slice of flowing singletrack. This time something is different. I’m not following my little boy down the trail anymore. He is smooth, fast, efficient and railing every turn. I also notice his body now resembles more Andy Schleck than the almost 10 (yes 10) pound baby I gave birth to 7 years ago. How did this happen so fast? He has always been a good rider balancing
Kalden received a road bike this past week. He has been asking for one for about two years now. We finally felt he was mentally and physically ready to try one out. He has been in heaven and the novelty has not worn off. He was set on the Scott Speedster JR 24. Even though we had a few opportunities to get him another brand at cost we went with buying this one at full retail (gasp) at Boulder Cycle Sport. After speaking with the Scott rep last summer I knew it would be a long wait to get one through an industry purchase. They
All my son had been talking about last week was doing his first cyclocross race at the Grand Valley Cyclocross series. So when no other kids showed up I wasn’t sure how it would go over with him. Luckily, the folks at LiveTrainRace were awesome and he raced with the Men’s C group. For the first lap he was only 10 seconds behind them making up time at the barriers (the kid has skill). On the second lap he lost a little motivation having no other kids to compete against but he crossed the finish line and then watched his Dad get first in the