I agree with this reasoning. Once my kids were going fast enough that the Flintstone stopping method wasn't enough it was already too late. Also have had success with Shimano levers that seem to have small hand friendly geometry.
Solid rear bumper/swingout - I like it. That's on my list of things to eventually build.
That last pic looks like heaven to me right now.
Love it, Cooper. I have a 9 year old and a 4.5 year old and have had a lot of similar experiences.
The pics of you walking around with a helmet on pushing a run bike feel the most relatable.
Only one unsolicited humble suggestion for your KRS/MacRide years: some sort of bar bag/frame bag/accessory carrying device has gone a long way to making both kids happy on the bike. Snack carrier, small toy from home, found treasures all fit in nicely. Decathlon has basic bike bags starting at about $15 so everyone gets one too.
I got a few Crescent brand open end metric wrenches from my grandfather. Made in the USA, probably 60 years old or so by now. Some of these old tools (like the Channel lock side cutters from decades ago) have a lot of nostalgia in them.
My kids wanted to know why I was so happy to see them using the wrenches. In another 30 years they will get it.
^ Most gratuitous and un-necessary piece of carbon on a bike (XO shifter cover)? Could be a debatable item ...
More curious about the matching pedals.
Ummm if it’s “pot metal” and $666 it’s clearly a music genre devised by Satan himself.
Add to cart.
My favourite part of "pressing" an expensive headset into an expensive frame using a block of wood and variable impact swing press, is experiencing said action through an onlooker's facial expressions.
Speckle paint, thankfully back again in the mainstream. I like it.
“mountain bike consumers were actually part of some massive experiment to see just how far recreation-based Stockholm Syndrome could be pushed before everyone quit riding, threw their bikes in the trash and walked off in disgust.”
I had a good laugh about this one. So much hot garbage for sale in the 90s.
I was happy with the gearing (and by extension final-drive ratio) on my bike, so when I went to a mullet rear wheel I figured a 2 tooth larger chainring would keep it very nearly the same.
I just use the strap + hook part of a ratchet strap (take the buckle off). Put the strap end through the loop on the hook, and pull it as tight as you can around the tire. Hit it with an air compressor and release the end of the strap when it asks you to. Magic.
If I’m asked about my fatbike I compare it to XC skiing vs DH skiing. They’re both skiing but very different things.
Mike, wet snow + unfrozen ground = hiking with a bike. I hope Baja is more fun!