|Bob Chaplin and Mike Freiberger do the Helmet Fitting Duty|
I worked one bike rodeo in conjunction with Chandra, documented here. This would be a second opportunity to see the different ways that League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) handle such events. How could I resist? To make a long story short, I didn't, and I must say I'm glad I didn't. You see, as at each previous teaching event, I also learned.
|"Indoor" Handle Bars|
Well, obviously, moving indoors mandated some changes in the rodeo course and in the bicycles. Somehow, these changes didn't really dampen the spirits (no pun intended) of the kids, nor of mothers that elected to run down our little road course.
|Dorothy and I Split the Traffic Course|
Dorothy Zarbo and I split duty on the road course. While our ability to teach bike handling skills was somewhat constrained by not having actual bikes, our students and their moms were able to grasp the fundamentals of signaling, stopping for stop signs, and staying on the right side of the road.
Dorothy doubled as an imaginary 18 wheeler or other dramatic traffic event for my own groups. I hate to think what she told HER students about me and my groups.
On occasion, I overheard snippets from those that were fitting helmets. My own sentiments on helmets vary somewhat from the fitting instructions I overheard (me being more of the "cycling is fun and safe" school), but I've never seen any hard info to suggest that helmets do harm, and they surely are designed to help in the kinds of "head-bumping fall off the bike" events any of the kids in attendance are likely to experience in the next several years. Come to think of it, my own helmets have been used in the same way several times one day a year ago last February. Heck, I may have deviated a bit from the program myself, explaining to the mothers of the LITTLE kids that while they were still too small to go out on the street, that even on the sidewalk they'd be safer if they were riding in the same direction as traffic simply because that would help anyone coming out of a driveway to see them early. Yup, drivers "LOOK LEFT." It didn't seem like enough, but sometimes you do what you can.
|Church Volunteers During a Lull in the Action|
Oh, and thanks to Richard. I'll tell you later...