Could do with a few ideas today please all.
Spent the morning over at Brechfa Forest today... I was quite impressed. We only did the Blue and the Green routes as we had the small boy today, but they were pretty good i have to say. It's quite a 'rural' place, it's not true natural trails as they're semi man-made, but because of the terrain and the location, they feel quite natural too.
My lad struggled slightly with both the elevation and the rocky terrain and also mostly the cold, it was only showing 1deg so it was a bit on the wrong side of chilly.
You'd have laughed lots today, sitting on a tree stump with me putting my lads foot in my mouth full of sweaty sock so I could hot potato is back to life! He was getting all emotional about how cold his feet were, so I was rubbing them warm and doing the hot potato thing. Looking back now, it must have looked proper crazy.
He does get some looks though when we're doing this sort of stuff, its quite extreme for your average 8 year old.
At times, its hard and I forget just how tough some of the things I ask him to ride must be on a small wheel rigid bike with rim brakes!
So the question is... what do i do for him to make things better ? I know from all of our perspectives, Brechfa is fine on a nice FS bike... but imagine trying it on a 24" rigid LOL
He's still too small for even an XS adult bike, but if we keep doing tricky stuff, a bit of bounce would help i think.