My 12-year-old grandson told me his bicycle tires had been flat for over a year and the bike was too small for him. Rather than fix the bike myself, I talked him through changing the tubes. Until then, he had no idea bicycle tires even had inner tubes.
He showed a great understanding of mechanics, and his bike WAS too small. I had assembled bikes over the years, so I had a lot of tools in my home. I made him a deal. I told him I’d buy him a very nice new bicycle, but he had to build it himself with me only giving him instructions. He agreed. He picked out a well-fitted bike at the local shop, and then I suggested he order the parts. I didn’t realize how expensive parts had gotten (almost doubling the price), so out of earshot I told the store manager to take the new bike apart.
My grandson is in the process of learning to align the wheels. It currently looks like a huge metal potato chip but is slowly beginning to look like a wheel. I know he will take care of this bicycle because he is so proud to be doing this project and doing it with Grandpa. I may wait decades before I tell him that this is the original bike he picked out in the first place!
He’ll Take Care of It Because He Built It Himself
The Dr. Laura Call of the Day Podcast