A new bike….at last

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For a kid, a new bike is a rite of passage. That’s my belief anyway.

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Helen looking incredibly grown up on her new bike.

Here’s Helen, pictured with her new bike. We’d been promising her one for about six months but only got around to getting her a new one yesterday when the local Scout group held a large sale of used bicycles.

While Helen’s striking a pose and looking spectacularly cool on her new machine, that’s not what initially persuaded me to take her photograph. The truth is, I just can’t get over how grown up she looks, especially in those sun glasses, which she bought while on a recent clothes-shopping trip with mum.

It wasn’t that long ago I took this picture. I saw her riding around the park yesterday and thought: “She’s soon going to want a car or to go on overseas holidays with friends.”

I managed to put my fears for the future to one side so that we could go on a long bike ride yesterday. I suspect I’ll have to take Helen out on her bike again later today.

The trouble is, Helen’s bike is very modern and packed full of awesome features. It sort of made me feel very inadequate riding my decade-old hybrid bike that’s in desperate need of a service. I can tell I’m going to be doing a lot more cycling with Helen so it’s probably about time I cleaned my bike, got it serviced and started looking after it properly.

I’ve linked this picture to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the marvelous Photalife blog (click on the badge below to visit the linky). On the subject of the Photalife blog, I have a small announcement to make.

The other day I met up with Darren Coleshill, the man behind Photalife. We’ve met a few times in the past, but this occasion was different: we shot a video together.


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Come back to the blog tomorrow and you can see watch this video, shot with Darren Coleshill of the Photalife blog.

We’ve each produced our own version of the video and we’re publishing them tomorrow. Visit either Dadbloguk or Photalife tomorrow and you’ll get to see videos where we fly a drone, discuss photography equipment and how we go about recording videos. We’re thinking of making this a regular thing so please do come back and see what we got up to.




25 thoughts on “A new bike….at last”

  1. She really does look grown up. I love that you went for a pre-loved bike, it makes so much sense. Freya is still at the stage where she can’t (or won’t) push the pedal all the way round (despite some back-breaking instruction). I can’t wait to be able to cycle along with her (although I’d have to get a bike first). #MySundayPhoto

    Can’t wait to see your video, I bet you had a fun day 🙂

  2. G is just learning to ride his bike now, its amazing how quickly they grow up especially when mastering a new skill or picking out something new. I agree a new bike is definitely a rite of passage #MySundayPhoto

    1. Best of luck G. Took a while to get Helen off her stabilisers but once off, they weren’t going back on.

  3. She does look very grown up!
    We bought my eldest a new bike for his 10th birthday, which then got passed down to his brother. Neither boy has had a new bike since. Luckily they can usually borrow one off my husband because it would never do for a 15yo to be riding round on a bike that is even smaller than his sister’s!

    1. Yeah, Helen looks frighteningly grown up. The video was awesome fun Darren. Can’t wait until the next one.

  4. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    I keep having to double take when looking boys as out of nowhere they grow an inch and suddenly look so grown up. She looks ever so pleased with her bike, what a brilliant present!

  5. Hi John, Helen certainly has grown a lot since that last photo and I bet it seems like it happened in the blink of an eye. This summer my daughter, whose seventeen will be working in Lagana during her school holidays (daytime I might add!), I can’t believe where the time has gone either.

    When you get your bike serviced it’ll feel like you are flying. Every time I get mine done I think I really should do this every year, but rarely do. Cycling is a great way to spend time together, and just think how fit you’ll get trying to keep up with Helen!


    1. I’m hoping to get the bike serviced tomorrow as it happens. I’m really looking forward to going cycling with Helen more. Should be great fun.

  6. She certainly looks very comfortable on it. N loves his bike although he’s rapidly growing out of it. We’ve just out the seat up butvi can’t see it lasting up to the age 8 they claimed

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