Pushing the breakaways really does go against my nature.
I have spent decades racing against people who were fitter and stronger than me and so I have tended to rely on trying to outwit my opponents rather than outperform them. Psychologically at least I am a sprinter. I am not particularly powerful, but I am prepared to put myself in the right position and I have good timing. I am a confident bike handler which helps too.
WPH wrote:The Young Bloke and I took the new Apollo MTB 29er tandem out on the dirt for an hour yesterday. 4cm of blocks and toeclips no straps he TYB can reach the bottom of the pedal stroke, he has good power for someone not yet 5 years old! He loves offroad descents, I got a good workout on the climb because here in Perth it is very sandy. Some singletrack across the top of the hill and some fire-road trundling. All good, followed by icecream too.
This is really great stuff. That sounds like great fun.
My son turned 5 in January, but decided that he wanted to ride his own bike to school, now that he is in the proper school. However he rode as stoker for 3 years with kiddy-cranks. By the end he was swinging from side to side, riding hands free, suddenly turning around to wave to his friends etc. I was quite happy when he was competent enough on a single bike to be able to ride his own bike to school.
We went the other way with pedals, to have straps but no clips. (I would have liked to put clips on but it was too difficult to get suitable pedals with a 1/2" thread). I was always concerned that if one of his feet came out of the pedal when I was going hard, that he'd hurt himself on all the moving parts which wouldn't stop for him.
There was still a couple of times that a foot came out, but he didn't sustain any injury, so perhaps it was all in my mind.