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Cycling Weekly - - WELCOME - SI­MON RICHARD­SON Edi­tor si­mon.richard­[email protected]­dia.com

Af­ter 20 years work­ing in the cy­cling in­dus­try, and a few more than that as a cy­clist, I thought I was pretty knowl­edge­able. That was un­til

I started look­ing at kids’ bikes. Def­i­nitely some­thing I hadn’t paid much at­ten­tion to.

But my hand has been forced. My two-year-old is sur­rounded by cy­cling at home and nat­u­rally wants a bike. I’ve there­fore been re­search­ing bikes where the words ‘car­bon’ and ‘Di2’ are just mean­ing­less sounds. On the rec­om­men­da­tion of col­leagues I’ve gone for a bal­ance bike — I’ll let you know how it goes and I prom­ise not to be a pushy par­ent.

You’ll be glad to know she’s al­ready started to em­bar­rass me. If you’re a reg­u­lar reader you’ll know that I fell off my bike a cou­ple of months back. This trans­lated to, “Daddy. Oww!” in tod­dler talk. But now ev­ery time she sees a bike she says, “Daddy. Bike. Ah­h­h­h­hhh [as she mim­ics fall­ing down]. Oww!”

So now peo­ple think I fall off my bike a lot. At first I started to say how she’d got it wrong, that I don’t fall off my bike all the time, it just hap­pened this once un­til I re­alised that such a vo­cif­er­ous de­fence wasn’t help­ing much.

Maybe I’ll get ‘Daddy. Bike. Oww!’ printed on a T-shirt.

MY HIGH­LIGHTS THIS WEEK

06 Bram­meier and Pid­cock fly­ing high 34 Crash-de­tect­ing hel­met SOS sys­tem 60 Dr Hutch and his love of penny far­things

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