Thursday, May 24, 2007

Victor Needs a Ride

I’m looking to buy a used bike for my son Victor, preferably a 12 -inch model. If you or someone you know are in possession of a late-model two-wheeler in reasonably good condition, please respond to this post.

In the interest of making this a legitimate blog post and not just a classified ad, I’ll share the story of how we came to need a used bike.

We bought Victor a brand-spanking-new bike this spring, but in the interest of long-term usability, we went with an 18-inch model with training wheels. Shortly thereafter, a friend let Victor have her daughter’s old 12-inch girlie bike* after he taught himself to ride it sans training wheels while visiting. Unfortunately, the tire on the mini-femm bike blew out on Sunday and he can’t yet manage the bigger manly bike as a two-wheel conveyance. Not wishing for him to revert back to training wheels, I’d like to find a used bike to get him through the summer or until he hits a growth spurt.

Victor, even more than his two bike-riding-age sisters, loves to be out on the open sidewalk. He rides every chance he gets, even when he’s supposed to be getting in the van to head to school. But it’s been four days now since he last rode and he’s becoming despondent. His mother and I fear that he will turn to drugs to fill the void in his life that had been filled with exhilarating rides through our neighbors’ yards. Please help Victor avoid this dire fate and get back up on his own two wheels.


*He rode it without shame, but has requested something less purple and pink for his next bike.

7 comments:

chazz said...

A girlie-bike for the boy, not that there's anything wrong with that. I hope you really get this thing worked out, we'd all hate to see little Vic traumatized by this situation.

I'm sure a fine "male" replacement can be found here in the Gateway City, may be tough to get it shipped to S-Field. Would make a nice excuse for a road-trip though.

Keep up the good work BlogFree...

Chazz

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

Chazz,

You have three boys, you must have an old beginner bike out in the garage somewhere. Run it on up Saturday afternoon and I'll buy you a beer or two for your troubles.

Thanks for commenting,
Dan

Monk B. said...

Are you kidding me? You didn't ask me first? I have approximately 2 bikes per person in my household. You can pick it up on Sunday.

Secondly, I learned to ride on a girl's bike and wore girl's winter boots to school in 1st grade until some kind second grader pointed it out to me. What's my point? Hell, I don't know. I suppose it could explain a lot of things but in the end I think it was a good thing. So, if Vic is comfortable on the girly cycle let him be......the worst that can happen is that he despises you in 10 years.

Anonymous said...

I can verify MB's girlie boots. MonkeyMom wasn't phased by gender lables.... sigh... she bought me boy shoes. The only good thing about that trip is I got all the free soda I could drink.

Anonymous said...

By trip I mean the trip to Luers(sp?).

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