Seeking diy bike-y expertise preferably with welding, help going VERY car-light

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reddan
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@byogman: I got mine at Thick…a nice fantastic deal on a dust-covered Fuji that had been hanging from the ceiling for a few years.

Ambridge Bike Shop used to carry a lot of tandems, IIRC. I don’t know what their current inventory looks like, though.


helen s
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Maybe a topic for another thread, but at what age did any of you start riding solo? My parents did not ride bikes, but with 4 kids, 1 car, and dad took it to work, I suspect I started riding around on my own when I was somewhere in the 8 to 10 year old range. Certainly before I could get on a bike with large wheels. It was a quiet area traffic wise with wide streets though.


Pierce
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I started riding around the neighborhood when I was pretty young. I recall rollerblading to school in 5th grade. Rode a bike to school a couple of times in 8th grade. Then started riding regularly to school either freshman summer school or tenth grade. But I pretty much only rode to school and work, neither of which was particularly hairy.


edmonds59
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I got a 5 speed Schwinn Stingray when I was 10 and that was my transportation everywhere in my small town, public pool, library, woods, dirt lots, no parental supervision.


jonawebb
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…also, no helmets. The only helmets were the kind racers wore, leather straps to hold everything together so cleanup was easier after a crash.
I remember getting my sister’s hand-me-down bike when I was too young for school. I loved that red bike. But I think I wasn’t allowed to ride outside of the alley behind my house, at the time.


StuInMcCandless
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I was riding on the road at age 6. I was taking unsupervised 8-mile-each-way trips on Saturday mornings by 10. High school, unicycled four miles to school because it was faster than the school bus. My father was a road-riding motorcyclist long before it was cool, so I was merely following his lead.


Pierce
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Any non-intuitive tips to teaching a kid how to ride a bike? Going to try and teach my niece tomorrow

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