4 SIM­PLE WAYS TO PAY IT FOR­WARD

AD­VICE FROM OUR STAFF ON RAIS­ING, IN­SPIR­ING, AND EN­COUR­AG­ING THE CY­CLISTS – AND FU­TURE RID­ERS – IN YOUR LIFE

Bicycling (South Africa) - - ASK - Jimmy Cava­lieri, de­signer

1. BUY A KID’S FIRST HEL­MET

“There’s a photo in my par­ents’ home of tod­dler me wear­ing jorts, a T- shirt fes­tooned with trucks, an enor­mous foam dome that sits loose on my tiny head, and a wide, toothy smile. To­day, we’d say that white mush­room didn’t fit prop­erly. But in the mid-’ 80s, it’s a won­der my par­ents de­cided a hel­met was nec­es­sary and found one close to the right size. I took any op­por­tu­nity to wear that hel­met – whether I was strapped into the seat on the back of my dad’s bike or proudly march­ing around the house. I loved it – and un­der my pos­si­bly pro­tec­tive Space­ball,

I came to love cycling too.” – An­drew Bern­stein, se­nior mar­ket­ing man­ager

2. TREAT THEM AS EQUALS

“In pri­mary school, when I had a lot of med­i­cal stuff go­ing on, my par­ents asked me what I’d rather do more than any­thing else once I got back from the doc­tor’s of­fice. I asked to go on a ride with my un­cle. He’d get me out on rides that even to­day I’d con­sider bat­shit crazy – once, we ped­alled for miles through wa­ter up to our shins. He never treated me as a bur­den, just some­one to get rad with. I haven’t seen or heard from him in years, but he’s why I’m into bikes, and I’m glad he was there for me then.” – James Hart, dig­i­tal ed­i­tor

3. SHARE YOUR STUFF – AND SKILLS

“I’d al­ways wanted to be ath­letic, but knee prob­lems seemed to hold me back from ev­ery­thing I tried. Then, dur­ing my sec­ond year at uni­ver­sity, I met cycling coach Mandy Mar­quardt at a cycling expo. She in­vited me to try rid­ing on the track, and let me bor­row a bike. After teach­ing me the ba­sics, she said there was a clinic I could watch. Turns out she was the teacher – and the na­tional sprint cham­pion ( I prob­a­bly should have Googled her!). Now I race on the road, and just com­peted at uni­ver­sity track na­tion­als. Mandy is my coach and a close friend.” – Katie Fo­gel, dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant

4. EN­ABLE SOME­ONE’S AD­VEN­TURE

“In 2003, I was work­ing at a print shop and needed a change. I’d never done any tour­ing be­fore, but one day I told my boss I wanted a leave of ab­sence to ride my bike across the coun­try. He hired some­one to take my place while I was gone, gave me a cell phone, and even flew out to where I was to ride with me for four days. Who does that?”–

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