That’s My Boy!

September 11th, 2010

After searching the used market for the past few months I finally found a road bike for my son. It’s a great little bike that fits him perfectly (for the time being). A Raleigh with an aluminum frame, carbon-fiber forks and seatpost, and a triple-crank with a 105/Ultegra combo.

We went out on his first ride yesterday. It was a quick 16 miles around West Windsor that gave him a chance to get a feel for the bike and learn some of the rules of the road. Like any kid, he was excited, anxious, and had a limited attention span. He did manage to learn a few things, argue some others, but most of all showed a real passion for cycling.

Today was our big ride. I mapped out a 33 mile ride and we had a great time. The weather was perfect and the roads weren’t terribly busy. We were almost home when he told me that he wasn’t tired and wanted to do some more. I added a few miles to our ride to bring the total to just over 46 mles. He did great! Tomorrow may be a little rough for him (or at least his legs), but I think he’ll be fine.

I’m looking forward to our next ride. It’s not often enough that we get to spend real quality time together and bond. This was definitely one of those times. As a bonus I get a built-in riding partner. I’m hoping that he’ll maintain a passion for the sport and keep moving forward.

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