Velophoriacs, meet Velosopher, Jr.
Jr. is our pre-adoptive foster son, who finally moved in with us last Friday after months of exploratory visits and red tape. We're very excited to have him as part of the fold. It was a very exciting weekend, of course, but one of the best parts happened Saturday afternoon.
Shouldn't suprise anyone that, on his first full day with us, I toted him to my LBS -- the redoutable Hampshire Bicycle Exchange -- and got a smokin' deal on a sleek, new-to-us, road bike, A Fuji Ace 24 (rough specs here). It's never too early to
Back at the ranch, Sr. V gave Jr. V a quick Shifting 101 tutorial...
... and JV was off like a rocket. As we say in our world, he rode it like he stole it.
Within minutes, the other boys on our block were out on their steeds, and joined us for a few demo laps in the shade, each paying his proper respects to the new bike on the block.
In the way of boys everywhere, this quickly morphed into a Kul-de-sac Kiddie Kriterium, in which JV's competitive spirit quickly surfaced.
JV fit right in: A good-hearted competitor, smiling whether in first place or last. On our block, competition is fierce, but joy always wins the day.
The apple and the tree:
Since temps were in the low 90s, there were post-race cool-down activities.
We also worked on traffic skills, taking two five-minute family trips around the block, on the main roads, with Mrs. V. joining us. JV kept a pretty tight line, and did not waver as cars overtook us. He'll be ready for a 20-miler in no time. Okay, maybe not this month, but no worries: I had more fun directing the bike rally than I did on any solo ride this year.
Family Life: Membership has its rewards.