Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Spyder on Sun 29/Nov/09 7:10pm

Took our (nearly) 8 year old out to Ruapuna for the Chch round of Grid Kids (http://www.gridkids.co.nz and his first event. Not so flash on the run, but passed many and was un-passed on the bike (1 lap of the circuit). Pretty stoked to be able to ride around on the race track. Then they got to stand out on the grid when the V8's came out as well. A good event and a couple of adult tickets to the racing included. If you're anywhere near Invercargill, Timaru, Manfield or Taupo next year once the series resumes, it's well worth getting your kids to give it a go.
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Racing was pretty good, particularly the Historic Touring cars, Bastos SD1, Walkinshaw XJ-S, 635's, M3's, Cossie Sierras etc. And we got home well before the weather clagged out again.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Datsane on Fri 4/Dec/09 5:25pm

Nice wonder how the young ones would go around Hampton Down if they do something like that.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby dragon_style on Fri 4/Dec/09 6:25pm

phunk wrote:
thorg wrote:
ThingOne wrote:Anyone discussed Buggy Tyres yet?. Tubeless or Tube?, Freeride or DH etc?
ettiquite of bottles vs. camelback?

btw - before you ask - NO, I am NOT a dad!


Yet :sly:


Actually we are finding the 500ml Camelbak bottle fantastic as a water bottle for Lily - doesn't leak like heaps of the kids bottles, no lid to mess with/lose, on sale at Bivouac they are cheaper than some of the kids bottles and it means she'll seamlessly transition to drinking from my Camelbak when we ride.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Spyder on Fri 4/Dec/09 7:15pm

We're on a roll! He's going to do the kids criterium (5-7) on Sunday. The slicks I ordered from T7 last week turned up on Monday, so they're all fitted and deemed to be "much faster".
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Datsane on Fri 4/Dec/09 10:51pm

Needs a bigger bike looking at the photo. Though I'm not the best at bike fits :paranoid:
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Ahad on Sat 5/Dec/09 7:17pm

My daughter had a great ride in the "mini Bays" today. :thumbsup: Found this memory stick on the ground and then by the time I looked up 10kids had got in front of me between my daughter. Anyway took awhile to catch her up and I see her pedalling furiously in this tiny gear :lol: Gave her a few tips on gear selection and she was away. Passed heaps of kids on her 2 laps starting quite a bit back, and ended up coming 6th in the girls and 19th out of 90kids! She was pretty buggered at the end but had a great time :D
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Spyder on Sat 5/Dec/09 7:23pm

Datsane wrote:Needs a bigger bike looking at the photo. Though I'm not the best at bike fits :paranoid:


Yes, have had that thought recently. Unfortunately for him, his birthday (next week) and Xmas presents are all sorted, so he'll just have to pretend he's riding a mini-bike :p
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Datsane on Mon 7/Dec/09 11:15am

Longer axle to crown forks, a smaller front wheel and you can tell him its a chopper.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Spyder on Mon 7/Dec/09 11:22am

He had a good ride at the kids criterium yesterday. Good to see that the school system hasn't completely knocked the "it's not about the winning" out of him. There were 4-5 of them at the front going for it. Would have been a great race if they hadn't had to stop for the tram & pedestrians on the back straight on the last lap! He got beaten by a friend of his "but he's on a bigger bike with 21 gears". Was good to watch.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby cruiser on Mon 7/Dec/09 1:28pm

com'n dad, It's not about the bike :p
My lad won a hilly 1 hr+ MTB race on a 20" stock standard BMX with all his competition on full blown mtb's
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Spyder on Mon 7/Dec/09 1:43pm

I know it's not about his bike, but it is quite often all about my bikes :blush:
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby Datsane on Mon 7/Dec/09 5:02pm

I picked up the boys first proper bike (well half bike). Wont be till late next year that Chris will be able to ride it on track, once I've given it the once over it will be practise on the back lawn :thumbsup:

We need to try for another "Kids and Skids day at Vegas" maybe I'll make it to this one :paranoid:
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby fatwombat on Mon 7/Dec/09 7:16pm

cruiser wrote:com'n dad, It's not about the bike :p
My lad won a hilly 1 hr+ MTB race on a 20" stock standard BMX with all his competition on full blown mtb's

Eden would've won if he had square wheels, he's just special (are you sure he's your son? Are you sure you didn't find him in a space capsule with a note from someone called Jor-El?) :D

I know Lance said it's not about the bike, but when someone swiped his $10,000 Trek it WAS all about the bike!! :)
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby UnimatrixZero on Wed 16/Dec/09 12:01pm

So what are the best kid's seats to buy to go on a MTB? The ones that sit in front or the ones that sit behind? (and why?).

Any other general thoughts or advice about them? I'm thinking of getting one for my two-year-old for Christmas. I figure he is still too young for a proper bike.

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Daniel at Reefton skate/bmx park.
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Re: Go The Dads!

Postby fatwombat on Wed 16/Dec/09 12:49pm

UnimatrixZero wrote:So what are the best kid's seats to buy to go on a MTB? The ones that sit in front or the ones that sit behind? (and why?).

I think the front seats are better because (1) the child's weight is closer to the bike's centre of mass so they affect the handling much less than putting lots of weight over the rear wheel - I could easily take Marti up and down Koru and Snakecharmer (to the summit!!) sitting in front of me; and (2) they get a great view of where they are going - unless your kid wants to be an astronomer, they won't enjoy staring at Uranus for hours! :D

Various options I've tried:
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Despite the view, Deb always enjoyed riding with me.
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Sitting in front, Marti always felt like she was part of the bike-driving team. In this photo she is 5 or 6 years old, still plenty of room.
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This option never felt very satisfactory, though it bridged a gap for a few months until Marti was confident to ride by herself.
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