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2013-04-29 08:54:03 AM
DC is nothing but unbalanced adults.
 
2013-04-29 08:56:38 AM
Marvel group just wants to make them super heroes.
 
2013-04-29 09:01:41 AM

BizarreMan: Marvel group just wants to make them super heroes.


/shakes tiny fist
//make mine Marvel
///nuff said
 
2013-04-29 09:14:16 AM
those capes are gonna get caught in the sprockets.
 
2013-04-29 09:14:58 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-29 09:20:29 AM
Look Jay...I can do it !!! (with Colombian accent)

www.collegefashion.net
 
2013-04-29 09:23:46 AM
A DC group like this?
i1083.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-29 09:29:35 AM
Now there will be a boom in the adult tricycle and pedal cart industry.  Or an increase in bicycle fatalities like MI experienced when lifting the motorcycle helmet ban.
 
2013-04-29 09:29:41 AM
Yesterday, I forwarded this article to a friend who has a girlfriend who rides an adult tricycle in her 20's because she thinks she can't ride.  The note said, "See, she isn't the only retarded one out there."
 
2013-04-29 09:30:51 AM
Like everything else in DC, this is what biking involves:
 trekalong.com
 
2013-04-29 09:33:52 AM
I don't like what they're pedaling.
 
zez
2013-04-29 09:41:25 AM
I'm pretty sure my 9 year old will be taking this class when he's older.
 
dls
2013-04-29 09:49:47 AM
What an unbalanced person on a bicycle might look like.
 
dls
2013-04-29 09:53:05 AM
 
2013-04-29 10:01:42 AM
The last lesson of the course is to avoid all bike lanes and just use the sidewalk instead.

Even the bike cops do that here.
 
2013-04-29 10:32:00 AM
When I was 6 my dad was trying to teach me to ride a bike and after several attempts over the course of an hour I was successfully able to peddle myself about the width of the driveway before falling off yet again. As my dad was brushing the dirt off of me my 4 year old sister hopped onto the fallen bike and took off. Just rode down about 4 houses before falling off only to get back on and peddle back to the house. I said the 6 year old equivalent of "f*ck this" and went back into the house with my dad screaming at me to get back on the damn bike.

I haven't been back on one since. Kinda regret that actually.
 
2013-04-29 10:34:43 AM
Knowing how to ride a bike, or swim, is pretty much universal in the white world, but not necessarily elsewhere.  I currently date a middle eastern girl, highly educated, that can do neither.  A couple of years ago I dated a latina professor with the same inability to swim or ride a bike.  Given the large number of inhabitants from other countries that reside in D.C., not surprising.
 
2013-04-29 10:59:20 AM
How is DC going to handle the boom in the burial-prep, funerary and interment industries? Between the cabbies, the bikers and the run-of-the-mill road-ragey, I'm predicting few survivors.

// have come close to running over bikers many a time in Da Capital
// have gotten closer to entering a homicidal fugue-state over how bad the cabbies drive
// and anyone who takes 395N between the Pentagon and SE/SW Fwy, GET THE FARK OUT OF THE 12th ST EXIT LANE WELL IN ADVANCE, you dickwaffles
 
2013-04-29 11:04:22 AM

Pumpernickel bread: Knowing how to ride a bike, or swim, is pretty much universal in the white world, but not necessarily elsewhere.  I currently date a middle eastern girl, highly educated, that can do neither.  A couple of years ago I dated a latina professor with the same inability to swim or ride a bike.  Given the large number of inhabitants from other countries that reside in D.C., not surprising.


Indeed.  Biking is essentially unheard of in places like Asia.

www.kalanstar.com

Dating a Turkish girl that doesn't know how to ride a bike (yet), but she claims that's not very representative.
 
2013-04-29 11:08:32 AM
I never learned simply because I had no one to teach me. My mother apparently thought buying a bicycle with training wheels was enough.  Seriously.  It was like "Here's your bicycle, learn how to ride it."

I can't swim either. I've had lessons countless times, just never happened.

And now I somehow need to teach my own kids how to do these things. :/
 
2013-04-29 11:13:48 AM
Meanwhile, my wife thinks biking across Iowa during the hottest week of the summer is somehow a good idea.
 
2013-04-29 11:25:32 AM

Grave_Girl: And now I somehow need to teach my own kids how to do these things. :/


Pass it off to your spouse. I don't know how old your kids are but if they're still in infancy you can fake swimming lessons by standing in the shallow end and holding them in place and chanting "KICK KICK KICK KICK!" and when they've sufficiently built up strength just let them go like a wind up bath toy.
 
2013-04-29 11:43:42 AM

Grave_Girl: I never learned simply because I had no one to teach me. My mother apparently thought buying a bicycle with training wheels was enough.  Seriously.  It was like "Here's your bicycle, learn how to ride it."

I can't swim either. I've had lessons countless times, just never happened.

And now I somehow need to teach my own kids how to do these things. :/


With bicycling, I found training wheels and the running behind the kid are useless methods.  The inexperienced rider clings to the crutch.  What worked for me as a kid, my kids and was also suggested by a bike enthusiast was to just have the new rider cruise down a slight slope by themselves on the bike, and walk the bike back up and repeat until they get confidence to pedal and ride.  I had taught myself that way, but forgot why it worked for me and asked a friend.

I didn't learn to swim until we signed my kids up for lessons.  I can watch someone do it and pick it up just as quick.  So I really don't have an answer for that.  Remember life only has pressure if you allow it.  Sign the kids up for lessons if they want to, but if you don't plan to ever go out to sea, don't worry about it.
 
2013-04-29 11:55:20 AM
I have two boys.  I found the easiest way to teach them is to balance first and then learn how to pedal.
So, took off the pedals and they coasted down our driveway (hand brake bike).
Then put on pedals and let them rest on the pedals (no pedaling)
Then learn how to start with pedals...and so on.

Now they have motorcycles (ages 9/12)...go slow and graduate to each level.

I learned in the early 70's by getting the push and going until I crashed... stupid.
 
2013-04-29 12:35:16 PM
I don't remember ever learning how to ride a bike. I lost my memories when I was a kid, but I retained the skills without recalling the events or processes of learning them. So for me, it's like I was born knowing how to ride a bike. Try as I might, I can't remember even one second of the learning process.

I do remember learning why it was a idea to ride my bike down the hill we lived on, though. Our back yard was a very high, very steep hill. You took a dozen steps out my back door and you were going downhill. I rode the bike down the hill once, hit one of the many bumps, lost control, and smashed into a tree at the bottom of the hill.

After it was over, I found out that my big sister learned the exact same lesson many years before I did, and didn't bother to tell me. She just watched me ride my bike into that tree with a wicked sense of satisfaction.

At least, that's how I picture it.

Anyway, I kind of envy people who remember childhood events like leaning to ride a bike. I don't remember any of that. Not bike riding, not tying my shoes, not learning my alphabet... Nothing. All I remember is waking up and just   knowing how to do all those things. It must be nice to have memories of such bonding moments with parents. Don't take them for granted, people.

I hope I can at least experience some of those moments as a parent (or step-parent) in the near future.


/I do remember my dad's sex-talk when I was 12.
//Him: "You know about girls?"  Me: "Yeah."  Him: "Don't go fooling around with them."  Me: "Okay."
 
2013-04-29 12:35:34 PM
I never learned to ride a bike, and I'm still bitter about it.  We lived in the desert, on a highway where cars went about 55-60 mph, so my parents never even purchased a bike for my sister and I to practice on, let alone teach us to use one.  Now I live in a place full of bike lanes and beautiful weather.  It's all mocking me.
 
2013-04-29 12:36:07 PM
I do remember learning why it was a bad idea to ride my bike down the hill we lived on, though.

There. FTFM
 
2013-04-29 12:38:46 PM

KatjaMouse: When I was 6 my dad was trying to teach me to ride a bike and after several attempts over the course of an hour I was successfully able to peddle myself about the width of the driveway before falling off yet again. As my dad was brushing the dirt off of me my 4 year old sister hopped onto the fallen bike and took off. Just rode down about 4 houses before falling off only to get back on and peddle back to the house. I said the 6 year old equivalent of "f*ck this" and went back into the house with my dad screaming at me to get back on the damn bike.

I haven't been back on one since. Kinda regret that actually.


I got as far as riding a bike with training wheels. I have no recollection why I stopped riding my bike but in the end I never learned how to ride either. A regret I still have today, but have started looking around Phoenix to see if someone could teach me.
 
2013-04-29 12:39:25 PM
Oh, as for swimming, I live in Michigan. It has long been a requirement in our school system for all students to learn to swim. I took swimming lessons at the YMCA before that, though.

You just don't live in a state surrounded by several giant lakes without learning to swim.
 
2013-04-29 12:42:36 PM

phoenixdan: KatjaMouse: When I was 6 my dad was trying to teach me to ride a bike and after several attempts over the course of an hour I was successfully able to peddle myself about the width of the driveway before falling off yet again. As my dad was brushing the dirt off of me my 4 year old sister hopped onto the fallen bike and took off. Just rode down about 4 houses before falling off only to get back on and peddle back to the house. I said the 6 year old equivalent of "f*ck this" and went back into the house with my dad screaming at me to get back on the damn bike.

I haven't been back on one since. Kinda regret that actually.

I got as far as riding a bike with training wheels. I have no recollection why I stopped riding my bike but in the end I never learned how to ride either. A regret I still have today, but have started looking around Phoenix to see if someone could teach me.



How does a kid get anywhere until they're 16 without a bike?!?!

Jeez. If I didn't know how to ride a bike when I was a kid, I wouldn't have ever been able to leave my yard. I was a latchkey kid, and we lived on a highway in the middle of nowhere. If I wanted to get to the store, or the movies, or go to a friend's house, I rode my bike.

It would have been crippling to be without that ability. I can't even imagine not wanting to as a kid.
 
2013-04-29 12:44:41 PM
I have three sons very close in age. One day my oldest wanted to try riding his bike without training wheels. within 30 minutes all three were free wheelin'
 
2013-04-29 01:50:00 PM

Dr Dreidel: have gotten closer to entering a homicidal fugue-state over how bad the cabbies drive


The last time I took a cab in DC, the driver ran into another car at 40 mph. AWESOME

/always wear your seatbelt, kids.
//not like the bus drivers are much safer here
 
2013-04-29 01:50:05 PM

ZeroCorpse: phoenixdan: KatjaMouse: When I was 6 my dad was trying to teach me to ride a bike and after several attempts over the course of an hour I was successfully able to peddle myself about the width of the driveway before falling off yet again. As my dad was brushing the dirt off of me my 4 year old sister hopped onto the fallen bike and took off. Just rode down about 4 houses before falling off only to get back on and peddle back to the house. I said the 6 year old equivalent of "f*ck this" and went back into the house with my dad screaming at me to get back on the damn bike.

I haven't been back on one since. Kinda regret that actually.

I got as far as riding a bike with training wheels. I have no recollection why I stopped riding my bike but in the end I never learned how to ride either. A regret I still have today, but have started looking around Phoenix to see if someone could teach me.


How does a kid get anywhere until they're 16 without a bike?!?!

Jeez. If I didn't know how to ride a bike when I was a kid, I wouldn't have ever been able to leave my yard. I was a latchkey kid, and we lived on a highway in the middle of nowhere. If I wanted to get to the store, or the movies, or go to a friend's house, I rode my bike.

It would have been crippling to be without that ability. I can't even imagine not wanting to as a kid.


Most of the places I lived as a kid I could walk to where ever I wanted. Elementary schools were within walking distance. All my friends lived nearby and we usually hung out in our neighborhood. Also I had two older brothers, and when they were old enough to drive, I usually rode with them to where ever I needed to go. And then when I hit the later part of middle school and high school, I was pretty much an introvert, so hanging out at home was more a priority than hanging with friends. Its really a perfect storm of indifference to riding a bike while I was growing up. Now that I am much older, it's kind of a drag not being able to ride a bike, especially with all the great trails we have in Phoenix.
 
2013-04-29 02:26:44 PM

Moonfisher: I never learned to ride a bike, and I'm still bitter about it.  We lived in the desert, on a highway where cars went about 55-60 mph, so my parents never even purchased a bike for my sister and I to practice on, let alone teach us to use one.  Now I live in a place full of bike lanes and beautiful weather.  It's all mocking me.


The slight slope trick seems to be the "best" way to learn.

90% of the problems with learning how to ride a bike are basically "How to get up to speed".  Once you're at speed and balanced on top of the bike seat, the bike will just magically stay up as long as you keep going somewhat fast in a reasonably straight line.  Using a slight slope gives you a little more momentum to start with.  So:

1) Find a slight paved slope with grass on either side.  Wear a helmet and elbow and knee pads (The pads aren't strictly necessary, but you will fall a lot)
2) Set the seat low enough that you aren't totally on your tiptoes while sitting on the seat.  (Note: Technically, you shouldn't be able to touch the ground while on the bike since your legs should be straight at full extension.  This is temporarily bullshiat)
3) Start at the top of the slope.
4) Sit on the seat.  Put one leg on the ground.  The other leg should be on the pedal just forwards of the top of the arc.
5) Simultaneously push forwards off the ground with the first foot, while pushing down on the pedal with the other foot.
6) Now do this wierd thing where the foot that was on the ground tries to catch the other pedal and continue pedaling before you lose momentum and fall.
7) Fall because Step 6 is a biatch and a half.
8) Repeat Steps 3 through 6 until you stop doing Step 7 (It took me about 2 hours to get this down to where I could go the 10 feet from my parents driveway to the neighbors driveway, and then I magically made it to the end of the street and then I never had any problems).

9) Now raise the seat up high enough that your leg is straight when your heel is on the pedal.  This is how high the bike should be.  Depending on your bike, you probably can't touch the ground while sitting on the bike without leaning WAY over.
10) Instead of sitting on the bike, straddle the center bar.
11) When you take off, lever yourself into the seat.
12) Every time you have to stop, enter into a universe of pain because all your weight is on your very  tiptoes and your jangly bits.

/And given that you have to stop every 100 feet because of stop signs and stoplights around here (Bay Area), I never really got the point of having the seat be technically high enough.  You spend most of your time stopped or stopping anyways.
 
2013-04-29 02:57:54 PM
I was still recovering (very slowly) from gut surgery when I had to teach the oldest and could barely walk, much less do the "one hand on the bike..." routine.

Ended up simply standing at one end of the trail and telling him, "Don't look down at the wheels, look at me. Now, aim for me. If you can hit me, you get all the money in my pockets." It worked like magic!

/YMMV
 
2013-04-29 03:15:52 PM
Meriss?

Can't be. That woman is positively the Fat Lady of the Circus compared to Dr. Crane's haut ton, low body fat wife.
 
2013-04-29 03:21:47 PM
i.imgur.com

Conscience may make cowards of us all, but God help us all if bicycle
helmets don't make us all look like Tards. Over 360 combined IQ points between
the two of them  and they've got no natural advantage over Beavis & Butthead
because they are wearing fecking helmets.


By the way, did you just imagine the Brothers Crane breaking out
in a Karaoke duet of "The Two of Us"?

Maybe it was just me.
 
2013-04-29 03:54:06 PM
Helmet Boy, yum, yum!

I still can't believe that Alec Baldwin did the voice of Leonardo Leonardo. He sounds just like that English guy. You know the one I mean--posh voice, pointy beard, looks like the villain in any movie or play for the last two hundred years.

Speaking of supercilious Englishmen, what's the deal with this guy?

upload.wikimedia.org

William Somerset, 3rd Earl of Worchester
(pronounced Wushter Weshter Wishtershire)

Isn't that Magnum PI's little friend, Whozit?

All I can say is that is about the coolest suit of armour I have seen in the last 500 years. Not that I'm 500. I mean that has been made in the last 500 years. (Not counting Samurai, of course.)

If you're wondering, I found his portrait while working on my genealogy and he's now in my family tree file thanks to yet another abortive attempt to cut the current  Prince of Wales from my half 29th cousin down to something reasonable like a 9th cousin 17 times removed.

I added a lot of famous people over the weekend bringing my total over 36,000 people 12,000 marriages

Coolest new acquisition: Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams family and one of the great cartoonists. Next coolest: Lon Chaney, Jr. and Sr. Lots of new Presidents but meh! Everybody has Presidents. They're a dime a dozen compared to somebody you really admire and love.

I found the well-known link between Obama and Cheney and it is a mother load of famous descendants--from Mareen Duvall, a French Huguenot who came over as a servant and parlayed his merchantile and social skills into a dynasty and a humongous Maryland estate. He is to Southerners what the Mayflower passengers are to Northerners--a gigantic genealogical clearing-house. Once you tap into these Mega-Ancestors (Edward III, Charlemagne, William the Elder Brewster, the Top 10 French Canadian Pioneers, and so forth, you benefit from the Small World Effect or Six Degrees of Donald Sutherland, and can find a link to anybody who is no body).

That's why I attempted, without success, to do a tree for Sir Pterry Pratchett.

So far I only have his immediate family, who came from Ham-on-Wye, which is not a sandwich but rather a small village on the border of Wales, with about 30 bookstores, the book-lover's Heaven, a sort of rural Foyles. There's an endless supply of Pratchetts but Sir Pterry has played his cards close to his chest.

I'll get 'im as soon as I find some cousins that haven't played their cards as sagaciously as he.

Note: Ridiculously distant cousins in bold.
 
2013-04-29 03:58:13 PM
I learned to ride a bicycle as a child. The second thing I learned was to borrow my brother's bicycle (paid for by hours of hard work collecting returnable bottles) or my sister's bicycle (I'm not proud).

As a result, I have never owned a bicycle.

But you can rent them apparently all over town.

Rules of Cycling

1. Don't buy a bicycle: beg, borrow, or steal.
2. If you can't beg, borrow, or steal, then rent.
3. Screw Wil Wheaton, be a jerk.
 
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