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garage (read: my piles and stacks of vital and essential bike stuff). What kind of advice do you have for me to deal with this challenge to my manhood?

It has been a long time since I penned a limerick for the column, and this question just begs for a few to get you in the clear:

There once was a lady from Orleans Who strove to discard her hubby's things Then her freehub developed play And her man did say Read this bike maintenance magazine

There once lived a lady of fine keeping Whose belongings were constantly creeping But her husband's random sprockets were in question It hurt her digestion

So chain lube in her tea seemed quite fitting

There once was a beeotch from Mantucket Who threw away her husband's parts kit Which was fine and dandy Til she needed him handy And he calmly told her to suck it

THE PRODIGAL SON I recently bought my son a nice kid's mountain bike. But it's not well-thought-out for small hands and little muscles, not to mention it weighs more than a DH bike. Does anyone make a great kid's bike? I hear you. Not many companies put much thought into what a kid needs. My experience in this arena is vast. I began my chop-shop ways with my daughter's first 12-inch BMX bike, which I bought when she was two. She couldn't even reach the pedals, and I gave her a bike that weighed more than my 6-inch trail bike. I soon found myself in the garage, cutting off seatstays and the toptube (which must have been made of swing-set steel tubing). I can't officially endorse those techniques, but my little girl's bike held up just fine without them.

Since she's been tall enough to ride a mountain bike, I've been on a quest Lo find Lhe right tool for the job. The only brand I know that makes a truly killer kid's mountain bike is Scott. The 24-inch Spark RC JR has an aluminum frame, super-light wheels, trigger shifting that kids can operate and brakes they can reach. It is a mix of XT and mid-level components, has a Spinner suspension fork that actually functions and is surprisingly affordable.

If for some reason that doesn't work for you, be prepared to take that 50-pound hardtail you just picked up for your ankle biter and get medieval on it with a hacksaw and blowtorch, b 054

ibncome mfd October of 2009

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