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The sad, or maybe the good thing was, was that I was not even on the bike when it happened. You know when you transport the bikes on the top or the rear of the vehicle and you think in the back of your mind, "What if the bike came off on the highway?" Well....it DID!! Yep, we had three bikes on rear trailer hitch mounted rack--Carin's brand spankin' new Trek 3700 was on first, then Jaces 20" wheel mountain bike, then mine was on the very end. Since its a full-suspension it didn't fit right so one of the fastener straps was around the rear suspension. The other one was on the down tube just behind the head tube. Then as a safety measure, and to keep the front wheel from spinning and the turning, I had a bungee cord thru the wheel and hooked to Jace frame. All that saved the 29'er from bouncing down the the road at
That experience didn't stop us from having a good ride. Carin and I each went with Jace as one of us stayed back with Sof in the park. Carin can't believe how much of a difference a real mountain bike makes as her prior off-road experience was on a comfort bike. Jace has pretty much out grown the 20" mtb and man-handled the trails pretty well going over the biggest log pile out there. Was it skill or just a kid not knowing any better? A little of both. Either way, he was able to do it. I didn't even feel comfortable doing that one. At the end of the day no one ended up in the ER and the bike made it home safely.