Jason Gold, a Colorado dad of two avid woom Riders, shares in his own words about how he’s seen his kids grow and thrive by riding bikes. His kiddos began on balance bikes and are now zooming around bike parks and tackling trails. Follow these and his other adventures @Mr_RadDad on Instagram. Words and photos by Jason Gold.
I remember the exact moment I learned to pedal a bike as if it were yesterday.
I was wildly excited to learn to ride and terrified of wiping out (or flying over the handlebars). A cool guy in my neighborhood helped me learn. He held the raised seat bar as I figured out the balance and rhythm — hands sweaty and gripped to the handlebars with the biggest smile a boy could display.
Now 40 years later, the awareness of that moment floods my senses with the same joy, excitement, and nervous energy I felt when I was a child on my first blue bike with the shiny banana seat and tall chrome seat bar. As a six-year-old kid learning to pedal, that bike was my pride and joy. It wasn’t long before I was popping wheelies and launching neighborhood ramps with baseball cards in the wire spokes making engine sounds. I loved riding my bike. It was the source of countless hours of freedom, play, adventures, and time with friends.
All these years later, I begin to feel all the emotions of my childhood rushing through me while I think about how much being a father means to me. It’s overwhelming to think about how much love and joy I’ve experienced riding bikes with my children. I always wanted to be a dad, both from the perspective of not having a father in my own life and knowing how impactful having children would be in my life. I always felt destined for it, and now, I understand why.