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My son rocked his first trail today! We rode at Granite Bay. He was so excited, I had to ask him to slow down.

He had a blast and so did I.

He handled the loose sand, drainage ruts and bounced over the rocks (he aims for those). He even rolled the big whoop (with me spotting). Which means, when he reaches his pre-teens, we won't stand a chance :thumbsup:

Best ride of the year!

Mr. P
 

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Awesome, and great pics of your little ripper! So he just turned 3? That sounds pretty early but gives me hope for getting the little girl out there in a year and a half.
 

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HAhahahaha, I love that first picture. Wish my dad did that with me when I was 3. I started around 13 and am now 19. Wish I'd started earlier. Might've learned how to keep my balance. :D
 

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I had a similar experience with an older woman (she is 6).

:D

She got upgraded from her coaster brake 16 inch bike to a 20 inch Fuiji hardtail with front suspension, 7 speed drivetrain, and V-brakes. I took her to "the Shells" in Foster City where she is getting the hang of momentum, braking, and standing on the pedals. Not bad for her first trail ride.

EDIT: Sorry for the big pics. :(
 

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kewl pics! good job gettin em out there early guys...
my boy just learned to bunny hop this week!:thumbsup:
 

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Nice. My youngest daughter also starting riding a 2 wheeler when she was three. Although she would tell you she was 3 and a half. Cheers.
 

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Great pics, so when does he get an MKIII? And what class is he racing for dville!
He moves straight up to a 6 Point and the Semi-Pro Class for his age group :D

He was with me in Dville for the race last year and will join me for the Sea Otter this year :thumbsup:

He writes, " lblblblbllbbblbllblbkbbkkkkbkkbkkbbkkbkkkbkbk".hhhhhbbb

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Thanks everyone for the positive feedback.

I showed "The Man" the thread and read him all the responses. He is really jazzed to become one of us.

Kinda funny that he went on his first trail ride before he could read....

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Wow!

Your son is unbelievably cute! Congratulations on a fantastic first ride- I'm sure that it's just the first of many great ones ahead! :thumbsup:

Mr.P said:
My son rocked his first trail today! We rode at Granite Bay. He was so excited, I had to ask him to slow down.

He had a blast and so did I.

He handled the loose sand, drainage ruts and bounced over the rocks (he aims for those). He even rolled the big whoop (with me spotting). Which means, when he reaches his pre-teens, we won't stand a chance :thumbsup:

Best ride of the year!

Mr. P
 

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That's great, Mr. P!

My kid's 4, and he loves to ride, but I'm still working on getting him off the training wheels. Slow going so far. Any tips for me?

Big props for getting him out there so young!
 

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Congratulations Mr. P,

It's cool that you took the time to teach him to ride when he was young. The younger they are the more fearless they are. I'm hoping my little one will be riding and skiing at a young age.

I will look for you guys at the Sea Otter!!
 

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My kid's 4, and he loves to ride, but I'm still working on getting him off the training wheels. Slow going so far. Any tips for me?
One of the keys was sharing my enthusiasm, another was getting him on a Razor Scooter before the training wheels came off. The Scooter teaches balance and input in an almost cost free way (crashes) as they can step off.

I also picked up elbow and knee pads w/ gloves at target for $7 to minimize the pain part.

After that it was asking when he was ready... He let me know.

Have fun!

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Mr.P said:
One of the keys was sharing my enthusiasm, another was getting him on a Razor Scooter before the training wheels came off. The Scooter teaches balance and input in an almost cost free way (crashes) as they can step off.

I also picked up elbow and knee pads w/ gloves at target for $7 to minimize the pain part.

After that it was asking when he was ready... He let me know.

Have fun!

Mr. P
One tech is to take the pedals off and find a small grassy slope to coast down. It lets the rider get the feelling of balance without having to pedal at the same time. Once the balacne thing is learned then the pedaling comes more easy.
 

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What about having kids' all-dirt, all-flat group rides? Baylands, Coyote Hills, Hayward Shoreline, Point Pinole, Tubbs Island, Las Gallinas. My 9 yr old is up to 2 hours.
 

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Mr.P said:
My son rocked his first trail today! We rode at Granite Bay. He was so excited, I had to ask him to slow down.

He had a blast and so did I.

He handled the loose sand, drainage ruts and bounced over the rocks (he aims for those). He even rolled the big whoop (with me spotting). Which means, when he reaches his pre-teens, we won't stand a chance :thumbsup:

Best ride of the year!

Mr. P

Very cool. My little guy is also 3 and riding. He just moved up a couple days ago to the bigger 16" wheels and really likes it. Its just a touch big, but it rolls easier and is geared a bit higher.

Here's my son on the trails back in August a few months before his 3rd B-day:


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My daughter is almost 5 and she won't take off her training wheels. She can do it, but just feels safer she says. Total girl. :)
 
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