first Wheels

We talked to Rex Crawle and Moo Yu about the im­por­tance of a kid’s first bike, so we asked when they got theirs

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Rex Crawle: My first bike I had at a very young age, prob­a­bly about three years old. It was very tiny, bright yel­low and with sta­bilis­ers on. I soon out­grew the bike, but my dad grad­u­ally cus­tomised it, as he’s quite art­ful with a weld­ing torch. He added on ex­tra pieces of pipe to raise the seat and han­dle­bars far beyond their orig­i­nal heights. So ba­si­cally it be­came a kind of tee­ter­ing tiny-bi­cy­cle/ siege-tower combo. With sta­bilis­ers on. Moo Yu: I was on the op­po­site side of the age spec­trum. I got my first bike when I was nine. It was some weird knock-off Chi­nese branded thing handed down from one of the church kids. It was dark red with a su­per-wide frame (I think try­ing to make it look like a mo­tor­cy­cle). My dad pro­cured some bright­green train­ing wheels from who knows where and stuck them on. Be­ing the last kid on the block to get a bike, it wasn’t pretty but I was glad to fi­nally join the fun.

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