Look mom, no pedals!
July 21, 2010 11:30 AM   Subscribe

Jackson Goldstone Rides to Kindergarten (SLV via Pinkbike.com)
posted by jimmythefish (31 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yes! At 1:56 he nearly miffs it, but stays relaxed and sails right through. Don't drink that water kid! Giardia.

My lawn, welcome to it. May I bring you a refreshing beverage?
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 11:35 AM on July 21, 2010


That's fucking awesome.
posted by mathowie at 11:40 AM on July 21, 2010


Those tricks and drops only seem huge in because he's so tiny.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:41 AM on July 21, 2010


Either that seat has a pretty incredible shock absorber or that kid's crotch is made of steel.
posted by gurple at 11:41 AM on July 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


You know, a year ago I would have rolled my eyes at this. Now that I have a kid, though, I think it's awesome that some parent thought this would be a fun thing to do with their kid. Neat.
posted by dpx.mfx at 11:42 AM on July 21, 2010


Excellent fun!

Someone needs to buy that kid a bike that fits though. How's he going to practice the "ride your bike onto grass and jump off" dismount?
posted by madajb at 11:45 AM on July 21, 2010


Adorable.
posted by padraigin at 11:49 AM on July 21, 2010


It's even better if you swap in the audio from C'était un Rendez-vous.
posted by Iridic at 11:50 AM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


The best part is the slight trouble he has parking the bike at the end.

I also want to know if they make a "bike" like that in XXL -- no pedals, huge fat tires, low cross bar. It looks like it would be heckuva fun ride.

A-and my first thought was: get that kid a haircut and a tiger & cast him in the Calvin & Hobbes movie that will never be made. He's got the chops for it.
posted by chavenet at 11:56 AM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Excellent vid, happymaking! But god, his poor little nuts!
posted by Iteki at 12:02 PM on July 21, 2010


> Either that seat has a pretty incredible shock absorber or that kid's crotch is made of steel.

Yeah, I kept wincing every time he took a seated landing. Let's hope he doesn't learn the hard way to protect the jewels more avidly.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:02 PM on July 21, 2010


why no pedals?
posted by leotrotsky at 12:13 PM on July 21, 2010


Little kids can take a lot more crotch-whacking than grown men. The things aren't as developed and sensitive. They don't hang down as much either, which is pretty significant.
posted by Mister_A at 12:14 PM on July 21, 2010


> Little kids can take a lot more crotch-whacking than grown men.

In theory, yes. But a direct hit can cause that same atavistic posture and pain that a pubescent or grown man can experience also--the target area is just smaller.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:17 PM on July 21, 2010


Yeah, this is rad. But I'm confused by the idea of a run bike too. Kid's learning bad habits plonking those nuts on every landing.
posted by carsonb at 12:20 PM on July 21, 2010


why no pedals?

They're bikes that are made for kids too small/young to ride a proper bike, and compared to training-wheeled bikes that are awkward and not as mobile, the little buggers seem to love these and learn balance (the most important aspect of riding) while maintaining the security of being able to use your feet at all times. My 4-year-old niece has one and she bombs on it.

As others have pointed out, though, this kid could probably ride a bike with pedals better than most adults.
posted by jimmythefish at 12:20 PM on July 21, 2010


OK, so run bikes are for learning balance and steering before graduating to a pedal bike. Little Jackson here is obviously way beyond that, though. It's pedal time.
posted by carsonb at 12:22 PM on July 21, 2010


You know what else I bet this kid shreds on? Those razr scooters. I bet in a year he's on a unicycle on those trails.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:43 PM on July 21, 2010


Son, when I was your age not only was school six miles downhill both ways, but I had to get sick air and stick the landing on the way there every day.
posted by mhoye at 12:58 PM on July 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well he's gonna grow up to be sterile.

Don't do it kid! Ee! Ahh! Ooch! Yeeaoouuhouu..!
posted by pyrex at 1:04 PM on July 21, 2010


Son, when I was your age not only was school six miles downhill both ways, but I had to get sick air and stick the landing on the way there every day.

When I was a kid, our bikes had pedals. With metal teeth. And our feet slipped off them and the pedals swung around and stabbed our ankles.
And we didn't have any antibiotic solution. We just rubbed dirt on it.
And the dirt was toxic and we got infections.
And then we had to have amputations, and then we couldn't ride our bikes anymore.
And we had to stay home and watch the 2 channels we got on the rabbit ears and we didn't have any youtubes to watch videos of kids on bikes without pedals.

And that's the way it was, and we liked it that way.
posted by madajb at 1:25 PM on July 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


Man, this made me all wistful for my lost sense of adventure.
posted by mecran01 at 1:29 PM on July 21, 2010


mecran01, get a cheap mountain bike and ride some trails! There's dope-ass trails somewhere in Utah, I'm sure! Be like Jackson, only with pedals.
posted by Mister_A at 1:46 PM on July 21, 2010


kid takes his sweet time getting to kindergarten :)
posted by jacalata at 2:16 PM on July 21, 2010


> kid takes his sweet time getting to kindergarten :)

They need to put a CG overlay of a dotted line à la "Family Circus".
posted by Burhanistan at 2:27 PM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


When the camera pans up to the house across the road from the school, I was half expecting to see his mom standing on the porch watching him. I can't decide whether that would've been really cute, or a little too pat. (I'm on that fence about the nod to the camera before he goes off-road.) I like it as is - the video really doesn't need help being adorably awesome.
posted by EvaDestruction at 2:46 PM on July 21, 2010


I could swear there was a guy at my college that had a bike with no pedals like this. We were eating by a window, and he was outside jumping onto and off of ledges practicing. Haven't been able to find anything on-line though.
posted by rubah at 5:44 PM on July 21, 2010


Its too hard for me to get past the name "Jackson Goldstone." what is he? Child actor?
posted by anniecat at 8:15 PM on July 21, 2010


Looked like he took a number of those drops on his feet at least partially.

But damn, he rocked that skate pool.
posted by inparticularity at 11:18 PM on July 21, 2010


Y'know, I came to read comments after watching the video. I expected scathing criticism. I'm disappointed in you all.
posted by The Dutchman at 11:55 PM on July 22, 2010


I could swear there was a guy at my college that had a bike with no pedals like this. We were eating by a window, and he was outside jumping onto and off of ledges practicing. Haven't been able to find anything on-line though.

It was probably a guy on a trials bike. They're really weird looking, with tiny sprockets, tiny-to-non-existent seats.
posted by mathowie at 6:23 PM on July 23, 2010


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