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Today's Ride w/16 Year Old Son - Awesome!!!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Old_Dude, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. Old_Dude

    Old_Dude Monkey

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    For those of you who need a brief update - recently, I got my first SS and also picked up an FSR XC for my son who just turned 16. We're riding again & lovin' it!!!

    We had a most enjoyable ride late this afternoon at Berry College (Rome, GA). The weather was near-perfect - temp was great but the sky was a little overcast. We rode singletrack from the parking lot for a while then hit the road up to the lake, then continued around the lake and up to the "four-way" intersection.

    I gotta tell ya, I've been up this road many, many times but never on a single speed and frankly, I anticipated having to walk up the last part. But no, I made it - wasn't really that bad until the final 80 feet, or so where it gets steeper and a little loose. Being familiar with this segment from the lake to the intersection, I paced myself and then before I knew it, I was at the top.

    Sure, at the top I coughed up some blood & I guess that was part of a lung, but, hey, I made it.

    Coming back was awesome as well. Junior (not his real name - he's the 3rd son) allowed me to go first and he followed closely behind with his full-suspension. He's showing significant improvement . . . hmmm, may be time to start filling his frame with sand.

    And yes, the photo is heavily (& poorly) edited.

    Happy riding,

    OD
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  2. rpk1988

    rpk1988 90210

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    Thats cool. You gotta love those rides where you have no idea where your lungs are.
     
  3. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Sweet! Nice stuff! Now that we've seen a pic of your bike ( which is quiet nice looking ) we need to see his.

    and how was he doing on the hills ? better or worse than you ?
     
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    I did post a photo of both bikes - the thread that preceeded this one - somewhere.

    Not too good - he doesn't have much muscle mass, plus, he hasn't been doing any aerobic stuff. On the last hill climb, he took off ahead of me and I caught him ~1/3 from the top.

    He hasn't been trail riding in a few years and he's never been able to develop "fast" riding skills. Somehow, I think this is all going to change soon - and that's really something to look forward to.

    My birthday is Saturday - I'm planning on a good 20-25 miler at BC. It's supposed to be quite chilly in the morning - I might wait to late morning before hitting the trail. I'll be 47 - assuming I live until Saturday.
     
  5. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    awesome...happy riding!!
     
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    Some one needs a hair cut. :think:
     
  7. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Go eat some ramen or somethin....