Because it is summer, it is time for the annual Passing Down Of The Bicycle. Úna and Declan have both grown to the next bicycle level (although, Declan was forced ahead a bit prematurely). We were fortunate to be able to provide new rides from our own stable!
Declan is temporarily riding Úna's old Specialized, now that it is no longer on loan to other kids.
The frame is a great size and the bike is solid and well geared for our rides but the hand brake problem is not resolved. The muscles of a child's hands are just not large enough to provide the strength for repeated braking in city traffic. When we got the bike back we discovered we had incorrectly remembered horizontal drop outs on it. We had thought we could put a hub with a coaster brake on it. Nope. He also gets very frustrated with not being able to shift when stopped. He is not old enough to anticipate gearing needs after stopping or just before hill climbing. So, even though the bicycle is a great fit otherwise it is not a long term solution (that is being put together over this week!).
Úna has grown a whole bunch, too. It is quite... disquieting (example below).
Much to her dismay, she has grown out of her beeeeautiful Araya mixte.
After several years of expressing hopeful love of my old mixte, the two have been joined in bikey matrimony,
As S.A.M. is the largest mixte frame Raleigh ever produced I think this will be the last time I have to relinquish one of my bicycles to my kids. She loves everything about her new bicycle, she even got my Brooks saddle and Acorn bag. I hesitate to say she is spoiled, but sheesh!
Thus, the torch has been passed. Another year of family bicycles has been provided!