So I got a note at the daycare center yesterday that today the older kids all needed to bring their bikes and helmets. because the police department was coming in to teach them a 3 hour safety class, and only a few bikes would be availible in case kids didnt have them.
I have a car. My childs bike does not fit in the trunk. So it was a huge pain to get it transported there.
Her bike was brand new at Easter, and with the exception of a few scratches, still looked like it.
From that statement, I’m sure you know where this is going.
Its a really pretty bike, and I’d decided to go for quality rather than price with the expectation of it lasting… as she was between the 20 inch bike and the next one down on size and I decided to go for the normal sized big girl bike.
When I picked it up, the training wheels were completely twisted around, to the point that they cant even be bent back into useable shape…. we’re going to have to replace them. the back bumper thing around the tire was bent into the tire. some of the streamers had been ripped out. the back reflector was broken off.
My child has a list of 5 other kids that were riding her bike so she doesn’t know exactly who did what to it.
Needless to say, I’m extremely upset. What in the world is the point of a bike safety class when afterwards my child doesn’t even have a bike that she can ride anymore?
And how closely are you supervising these kids to not notice that a training wheel has been messed up enough that its pointing straight back instead of down and to the side? (the metal twisted… not just twisted on the bolt)
and when i picked her up, not a word was said. they make these stupid notes pop up on the computer when i check her out for so much as a broken velcro on shoe or minor paper-type cut… but nothing for when her few month old, hundred dollar bike has been trashed?
The director is there in the mornings when I drop her off, but not in the afternoons. So he and I will have a chat in the morning.
(not the best shot of our bikes… taken by my cell. you cant see well but hers has flowers that match the paint all up and down both fenders and on the side of the seat, and in the hand grips. and actually this pic has the training wheels in the basket because i couldnt get the bolts loose to put them on, so had to have it done for me and hadnt yet)