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    Sometimes you just have to laugh...

    Family buys Trek w/ Shimano Steps electric assist for their pudgy 12 year old. Kid beats on the bike like it's a normal bike, spends half his time towing his friends around on their scooter/skateboards/bikes. Swears up and down the bike is 'slower'. His parents 'assistant' brings it in a couple times and different co-workers ride it and think it's fine. She brings it back yesterday and says the same thing. Ok...fine...I plug it in to E-tube and check it out. Every component needs a firmware update but there are no error codes. I do the updates and before I test ride the bike I check the tires, just cuz it's something you do. 10psi in the front and 13 in the rear.

    Huh...wonder why it feels slow?
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    Why would a 12 year old need an E bike -
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    He's 12. What's your co-workers excuse?

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    'brifter' is f'ing stupid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    He's 12. What's your co-workers excuse?
    He's 16, and pretty bright. I'm positive you wouldn't have missed that, right? I don't see 12 as being to young to know about tires and pumps.
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    I think I would have noticed at 12. But then again my parents did't have an 'assistant' taking care of such technical issues for me. I guess that's pretty common now-a-days but still a big WTF from me on the assistant.

    At least it's sorta a bike. I'm guessing the video game store is also familiar with this assistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    I think I would have noticed at 12.
    I see plenty of people of all ages basically riding on their rims. I don't understand how they don't get flat tires, but then they're only going 8 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    I think I would have noticed at 12. But then again my parents did't have an 'assistant' taking care of such technical issues for me. I guess that's pretty common now-a-days but still a big WTF from me on the assistant.

    At least it's sorta a bike. I'm guessing the video game store is also familiar with this assistant.
    Given this kids general lack of fitness I'm guessing you're correct.
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    !2 is plenty old enough to know about tire air pressure. My buddy and I still joke about how we changed the air in our tires when we were 6-yrs-old - totally deflated, aired back to 30 psi - to go faster. It worked. Well, I think it did. My Stingray had recently been painted purple.. so that could've been it too.

    Clearly, that family needs a new assistant. My assistant knows to air up my tires every morning to the proper PSI

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    When I was a kid, our assistants told us to F.O. to the gas station to fill up our tires when they got low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    When I was a kid, our assistants told us to F.O. to the gas station to fill up our tires when they got low.

    ...oh, you had tires....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    When I was a kid, our assistants told us to F.O. to the gas station to fill up our tires when they got low.
    I remember having to do this...4 miles to the gas station, uphill both ways, in the snow...with a camel tied to my back. Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    When I was a kid, our assistants told us to F.O. to the gas station to fill up our tires when they got low.
    We did the same-my dad only had a OLD heavy steel floor pump (with a wooden handle yet..) which could only pump up to maybe 30 psi. So we went to the local gas station (about 3/4 of a mile away). One Sunday, my sister decided to do this, not realizing that the station was closed, and the air compressor was off. She road home on not one, but TWO flat tires. You would've thought after the first tire went flat that she would catch on to what was happening, but no!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I remember having to do this...4 miles to the gas station, uphill both ways, in the snow...with a camel tied to my back. Yep.
    I carried my Camels in my shirt pocket, with a book of matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    He's 16, and pretty bright. I'm positive you wouldn't have missed that, right? I don't see 12 as being to young to know about tires and pumps.
    Why would a 12 year old who doesn't have the gumption to ride a bike without e-assist be expected to take the time to air up the tires.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I remember having to do this...4 miles to the gas station, uphill both ways, in the snow...with a camel tied to my back. Yep.
    Yep, with no paved roads and no shoes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Why would a 12 year old need an E bike -
    Pretty sad indeed. And we wonder why more and more teenagers are getting type-2 diabetes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I remember having to do this...4 miles to the gas station, uphill both ways, in the snow...with a camel tied to my back. Yep.
    Walking barefoot too I would imagine
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROAD&DIRT View Post
    Walking barefoot too I would imagine
    Yep, that's a given!
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    IF it's not on YOutube, today's kids can't do it. I had some younger riders from work get their first flat on the road and were stranded untill they watched how to swap a tube on line...thank heavens they had their phone with them.
    Some of this take this for granted as we have done our own bike work since we were 8.... ( sometimes with a hammer... lol )

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