Monday, August 15, 2005

As easy as riding a bike.

Do ya'll remember learning to ride a bike? I learned, by trial and error and scrapes and thorny bushes, to ride my friend's 26 inch boy's bike when I was 4 cause I didn't own a bike until I was around 7 or so. I can remember pushing that big, old, bike up next to their tall porch, leaning it against a post, then getting on the porch so I could climb off and onto the bike. Their drive was uphill so beings that I was atop that hill, I had a good down ramp in which to learn to balance and peddle that thing or wind up in that deep ditch full of thorny bushes on the other side of the road across from the drive. It only took 2 or 3 tries, to the best of my recollection, cause I have an excellent memory for pain. I also learned to keep my feet on the pedals and my ass on the seat after only one time of bouncing off and straddling that bar too.

To me, scrapes and bruises are the way of things if learning to ride a bike are your intentions. It's just part of growing up and I seriously believe bike riding led to the invention of bandaids (well I never saw a bandaid till I met up with those thorny bushes).

Not so much anymore. Some folks have invented a new kind of bike for younguns to learn to ride on. No more scrapes, cuts, or bruises, unless they can't sit up on their own yet, which, in my opinion, is not a good time in life to think of learning to ride a bike anyway.

I feel like the invention of this bike is going to put the bandaid folks plum otta business and make pansies out of our children. They won't have any scars to flaunt at Show and Tell and all those unscraped knees and elbows will lead them to believe they're model material or something.

It just ain't right.


The new SHIFT.

18 comments:

Sally said...

Well, dang ain't that pitiful looking? :)

I think I used more bandaids learning to roller skate than bike ride. One time I had my little brother on the handle bars, though, and his foot got stuck in the spokes. I still feel awful about that to this day. And, my rear end got blistered too!! I had it coming though, because Dad had told me not to do it!!

Brenda said...

I only cracked a bone learning to roller skate. I learned not to fall too often after that (grin).

Brent said...

THIS ISN'T FAIR!!! Our children are being pampered to adulthood!

wanda said...

I've seen this before. How ridiculous. What's wrong with traing wheels? I'm just waiting to see what they're going to do to cars to make them safer. Oh wait, I already know. The price of gas is going to be so damned high parents won't be able to afford for their kids to drive. In fact soon many families are going to have to either give up the second family car, or get a third or fouth job just to buy gas.

Houston said...

The older I get the more attractive that monstrosity becomes. What's it alled again? A Shit? WTF kind of name is that? If it's going to make it in this world, it needs a better name than that.

Hoot Nannie said...

After several years of not riding a bike, I dusted mine off a few weeks ago. It always comes back to you, right? Well, I guess it was a sight to behold, because my family about died a laughing. Personally, I didn't think it was all that funny. Wibble Wobble here I come! :) I think I'll invest in one of those new ones....do they come in a size 2X seat?????

Cal said...

That's a bike! But what happens when they get on a real one and it wobbles!

cassie-b said...

What a funny-looking thing. I'd feel slightly ridiculous riding something like that. My bike has a wheel in the front and one in the back. I can't even count the wheels on this one.
Is this what they call progress

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Is that thing real?

It looks bizzarre. If I was sat on that I'd feel mighty stupid.

David said...

That's not a bike. Yes I remember learning and putting cards on the spokes so they would make noise.

I am seriously thinking of getting one now and parking my Jeep.

Brenda said...

This would be the bike for "tykes". It's a learning bike, the wheels splay while they're learning but once they get the hang of it and pick up speed the wheels come together. (hummm,,still sounds like pampering don't it?)

Special K said...

Why did I not see this post yesterday?

I think I'd break my head riding that thing. I can't even figure it out!

Joan said...

I learned to drive a bike the same way you did Brenda. It was a big ole boys bike my dad picked up second hand. I parked it beside the porch, went up on the porch and got on from there because it was too high. And off I went. My dad put wooden blocks on the pedals so I could reach them. I do remember falling off of it on a gravel road, and left a lot of my epidermis on that spot.

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Joe said...

Hey girl, me too! that's how I learned! Yep, lots of bugerd toes! I went bare footed until first grade. Hated shoes!

Brooke said...

You can only protect people from so much. It's a totally different world than what I grew up in.

Holly said...

my stepfather taught me to ride a bike with training wheels (shame) but, i had no helmet, and no pads.. so i did get injured!

I remember the first time I got a 3 speed bike with front and rear brakes.. I was tearing down the steepest hill and slammed the brakes on to leave a black mark on the sidewalk.

wellllll i ended up making a red mark on the sidewalk because i hit the front brakes and flipped the bike over frontwards and cracked my head on the sidewalk.

ah.. sweet painful memories of childhood

i think the shift is kinda cool looking. wonder if they make 'em for big girls.