A girl & her bike. What I’ve been doing.


With the pedals removed, this is the coaster bike. Her coaster bike. I got it from Ken a few years back. He had it knocking around in his garage for his own children, and their friends in the neighborhood. His children grew, as children will, and it passed to me. It has served us well.

Just yesterday afternoon, she rode on her bigger pedal bike, without assistance, for the first time. I ran alongside, cheering & laughing.

It was one of the greatest days of my life.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

28 thoughts on “A girl & her bike. What I’ve been doing.

  1. cool, now you get to count the days until she lets you yo-yo off her wheel for a while and then drops you on the final climb…

  2. Did it with my 11yo, took a while. 4.5 yo has been on two wheels a year and half, racing BMX for 6mos. The almost two year old wants to get on her 12″ bike she has had since she was 9mos old. The best ride is taking your kids out. Congrats on joining the club.

  3. BJ. Riding around in a t-shirt in the middle of January ? You suck.

    Your kid on the other is cute as hell.

    Roll on.

  4. …nice, gianni…

    …to be a guy who truly loves riding & get to see your kid diggin’ it from the get-go has gotta be a wonderful thing…

    …enjoy, many times over…

  5. Kids rock! Things like this stay with you forever I’m thinking about my kids riding ~sigh~

  6. nice work BJ…. Congrats to you and her!

    for those who never have, teaching a kid to ride a bike probable is the best thing ever… i’ll never forget teaching Kai to ride his.

    and on sunday, i got to watch him go ass over head off a ramp for the first time at a cub scout bike rodeo. face down in the dirt. he laid there for a second, squirmed out from under the bike, dusted himself off and circled back around about 20 more times.

    can’t wait to start BMX together! (then my ass get’s to fly over my head…)

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I had the same moment with my 10 year old daughter last September. Truly the high point of my 2010.

  8. Children grow and we get older.
    Sure you will recall that special day for lifetime.
    Thank’s from the far west of France.

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