Years ago when I first met Trevor, he came to a photography show I was showing at and without much on an introduction related to me a story of how stoked he was to be a counselor at a camp for kids learning to ride mountain bikes. Ever since then I’ve always wanted to check out what he was jabbering about way back when. Bikes, cool. Kids on bikes, even cooler. Kids on bikes learning how to explore on bikes and have water fights, the coolest…
I raced mountain bikes as a teenager. It was great, super fun. And I am here now, in this space, in your mind, in a large part because that experience set in motion a long series of events. You get it. Racing or even riding hasn’t been a constant in my life and back then, even before the allure of anodized parts and the thrilling rush of a fast descent was ambushed and summarily executed by the thrumming belligerence of teenage hormones I knew a lot went into racing. There was the obvious, the training and the expense; from equipment to entry fees, cycling is definitely not frisbee cheap.
Fairdale has expanded its lineup for 2020 to include more bikes for the whole family to enjoy. From the Macaroni kids bike all the way up to their popular Weekender Nomad, there’s something for everyone. Head to Fairdale to see the whole lineup!
On Sunday, May 19th, I attended the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s California State Championship mountain bike races in Tehachapi, California. I’m no stranger to a bike race but this was my first time seeing the for high school kids-only mountain bike races, a phenomenon I’ve been aware of since the mid-2000s. The weekend was an illuminating moment, where I was reminded of the joy of racing mountain bikes, and where I witnessed hundreds of kids fiercely battling each other during competition and alternately giving themselves in support of their teammates as well as other competitors. Sunday was full of tears, hugs, smiles, frustration, and joy.
Hope takes us for a ride with Gavin Stanton (11 years old) and Brooke Anderson (12 years old), from Portland, Oregon as they shred their local trails.
Salsa brand manager Justin Julian takes his son Waylon out on a ride…
Most parents are wary of buying a bike for their growing child, but what if the bike grows with them? See more at Black Mountain.
If you’re a new parent or one that wants to get their kid involved in cycling, videos like this should supply much-needed inspiration to get your child on a bike and out on a ride.
Welcome to Skidsville. Population, all of us. Nicely done!
Here’s to all the #DadBike families out there. Hopefully more households hold true to the values in this video.
When Antti from Konga Bicycles‘ daughter wanted to learn to ride a bike he couldn’t just go out and buy her a balance bike he had to make her one. Granted he didn’t have to make her something this beautiful, but as both a builder and a father his creative ability and aesthetic eye got the best of him. This thing looks amazing with the sparkle powedercoat, segmented fork, Chris King and those curvy stays… Check out more photos below.
Remember Fugo and his custom Tomii Cycles bike? Well, Fugo has grown up, as kids do and it was time for him to ditch his 20″ wheels for brand new 24″ wheelset. Remember, the design of Fugo’s bike allows him to upgrade to even a 26″ wheel. Nao, I love this photo and I think everyone here greatly appreciates your documentation of this unique project.
See more at the Tomii Flickr!
Yesterday, Jonathan and I rode up to the blacktop in Griffith Park to catch the sunset. As we’re sitting there, talking about life and this transition I’m going through, up rolls Bryan and his son Alden in a Burley trailer, being drug up the crazy steep hill by an older Speedvagen team ‘cross bike. It literally happened in slow motion for me. Maybe it was the light, or the fact that a young human being is having the best introduction to cycling. Whatever it was, I was engaged.
Luckily, I had my camera on me from shooting a few photos of Jonathan for the #HotBoyzofCycling calendar, so I was able to capture this moment in the last seconds of sunlight. I love the logos, especially the EDGE logo which really dates this frame. The asymmetric Paul touring canti is a nice touch as well, but like with all Speedvagens, the paint was so good!
I’ve seen a lot of amazing stuff in Los Angeles, but this just made my day…
The North American Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Paragon Machine Works and Ornot have pulled together a fundraiser to get more kids on bikes. In this video, Ornot features Kurt Wolfgang with SF Composite as he coaches MTB racing to high school students.
If you’d like to support NICA, pick up one of these Paragon Machine Works stem caps at NICA.
13 year old me would have been a huge fanboy of Joey Foresta. Hell, 33 year old me is still stoked on this. Thanks for sharing this video, Erik.
The city of Portland and its bike-friendly streets need no introduction. People there have adapted their blocks to child-friendly play zones, their streets are lined with green bike lanes and there are even designated bicycle avenues.
Spending the day with your family, on bikes is a fairly common weekend activity. Especially for Benji from Poler and his wife Nahanni, who take their two daughters, Olive and Sparrow out for rides frequently.
I’ve never seen this product before, but it’s genius. The TykeToter goes on in seconds, can be used on any bike and gives the child an early introduction into balancing a bicycle.
These two women looked so happy scooting around the neighborhood that I had to shoot some photos!
I think it’s safe to say that every cyclist who one day wants to have kids hopes they come out as rad as Seth Sherlock. Check it out as he owns the trails of Squamish, B.C.
Well, sorta owns them. Don’t miss the end clip!
I don’t have a kid but part of me wants to buy this frame anyway, just so when I do have a kid, they’ll have a piece of American steel to ride around on. If you have a son or a daughter that could fit on this 12″ BMX from FBM, I suggest you pick it up!
See more at FBM.