My daughter has been saving her pennies and finally had enough to order a bike online. That's it in the photo, parked in the breezeway outside my front door. We had to assemble the front wheel, handlebars, and seat. I think we did pretty good but the saddle is still a little wobbly.
She told me it was a fixed gear and she wanted to take off the brakes because she didn't need them. Has she lost her mind? No way am I letting her ride a bike without brakes. That's going to fall under the category of "as long as you live under my roof ". She seems to believe that a fixed gear bike is something new that her generation invented. She says, "You don't know what fixed gear is or you wouldn't be telling me I need brakes." Wrong. I remember having only one speed and I much prefer my 24 gears. No way I'd pay 600 dollars for something without derailleurs.
She wanted to borrow my bike rack so she could take it her father's and I was going to let her at first, but then I remembered I would have to adjust all of the straps to make them the right length for her car. It took me weeks to get them just right for mine. We took the front wheel back off instead and tried to put it in her trunk but we couldn't figure out how to put her seats down to create more space. They look like they are designed to drop (aren't all cars these days?) but there are no obvious levers. Does anyone know how to do this in a Chevy? We finally got it in the back seat and she was able to take it with her even though she has to hold the handlebar while she's closing the door to make it fit.
Maybe now I'll finally be able to convince her to ride with me...