Video: Sam Blenkinsop Takes His Daughter For A Ride In 'Sam & Indie'

Sep 18, 2021
by Dan Necklen  
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Words & Video: Kids Ride Shotgun

When Sam’s parents bought him his first pedal bike at 3 years old, they kick-started a lifelong passion for their son.

Now, after 17 years competing professionally at the top level of the sport, and collecting his share of silverware along the way, Sam says he’s still in love with mountain biking – just as much as when he got that first bike.

“Biking has always been the thing that I love so much, and I always thought that if it ever became a job for me, that’s when I’d stop. But I’ve been professional now for 17 years, and I’m still so hungry for it.”

When Sam’s not wide open between the tape on a World Cup downhill track, you’ll find him on his local trails at home in Christchurch, New Zealand – sharing his passion for riding bikes with his daughter Indie.

Since becoming a Dad, Sam has juggled racing and fatherhood while remaining at the sharp end of the world cup leaderboards. For most pro’s, having kids would mean time to ease off the gas – but Sam says getting to share the things he loves with Indie has only made riding more enjoyable.

“My riding still feels the same, I’m still as stoked as I ever was – I’m probably more stoked because I get to share that with Indie.”

Reflecting on a life of getting to see the world through racing, Sam says he now wants to show Indie what life has to offer, like his parents did for him.

And whether Indie inherits his love for two wheels or not, riding bikes together for them is about sharing amazing adventures, and showing Indie the world, with all the incredible things in it.

A massive thanks to Sam, Lysh, and Indie Blenkinsop for sharing their story.

Riding and smiling

Wanna go for a ride? Not a bad set up for a mini shredder!

Safety first

Shred stoke runs in the family

Sam and Indie getting the panshotfriday

Sam's local trails in Christchurch, New Zealand

Post ride fluffies
Post ride fluffies

Sam Lysh Indie reading bedtime stories
Bedtime stories

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  • 13 1
 This is awesome! And death to training wheels/stabilisers.
  • 12 1
 I remember the first time I figured out how to get those bloody things off when I was a kid. Careened straight into a brick wall and fell off into a rose bush. Hooked immediately.
  • 3 1
 This 100%

I had two of my kids riding pedal bikes at 2 years old with training wheels. Parents just need to put the time into their kids.
  • 3 0
 @meathooker: my twins turn 3 this week and we just managed to get them pedalling by themselves 2 weeks before their birthday. It just took giving them a balance bike for their first birthday, then a bigger one at 2 and plenty of times playing on the local pump tracks at their own pace. Then a week on stabilisers learning to pedal.

They absolutely love their shotgun seats (tip - much easier with ebikes, we hired some to try out).
  • 3 0
 Got our little dude a balance bike at 1 year, he pottered around with it until he was tall enough at around 18 months.

Combined with Shotgun seat on the MTB +another style of front seat on commuter, he was on his first 12" pedal bike at 2.5. Training wheels stayed in the packet, he was able to balance/steer and cruise with his feet on pedals right from the word go.

A couple of months of practice every now and then (plus continuing on the balance bike) and he is pedaling away - just needs to learn to brake now haha!
  • 2 0
 @mithc: I’ve certainly spent the last 2 weeks shouting ‘stop with your hands!!’ Until I was hoarse. Seemed to have worked now though.
  • 2 0
 @CustardCountry: sounds like me with my youngest daughter trying to get her to stand up!

we're getting them to lift served biking and she wants to sit down the whole ride ... ARGH!
  • 2 0
 @meathooker: these 2 will be the reason my wife and I get ebikes in the next fewyears. When it gets to the stage that they need towing uphill.

Also riding uphill with a 15kg toddler, KRS seat and all the crap kids require is bloody hard work.
  • 1 0
 @meathooker: Standing has been the latest development for my kid, about a year after learning to ride his pedal bike
  • 2 0
 @medievalbiking: Heck yes, me too!
  • 2 0
 Using shotgun with my 2-year old buddy for two months now. I'm very surprised how my kid is stable in this thing. We are having so much fun. "let's go here", let's go there" "faster!" Smile It's a real game changer. Highly recommend to all the parents out there.
  • 2 0
 It’s terrifying when you hit something slightly too quick/hard and it looks like they’re getting bucked OTB. But those foot straps are pretty good at their job. Lol
  • 4 1
 Way to go Sam! The world needs more fathers who are involved in their kid's lives. Keep it up!
  • 6 1
 Wholesome AF.
  • 1 0
 Awesome stuff Sam..I did the same with my son quite a bit several years ago but looking back now and debating the "what if's" I kind cringe, just be careful..
  • 1 0
 Nice story ! Can recommend those kids handle bars too ! definitely worth having more so them them trying to hold onto your bars with no grips !
  • 1 0
 We just bought some eBay knockoffs of the bars for a fiver, but love the KRS seats.
  • 2 1
 So cute! And shotgun seats looks darn fun. With that plus push bikes plus those tow ropes, kids these days have it good.
  • 3 0
 No gloves for Indie Smile
  • 1 0
 Best part of it - sharing it with your kids and showing them the world from two wheels!
  • 3 1
 Nice story Sam
  • 1 1
 Buddy of mine has one and loves it… maybe cant shred as well as Blenki but his kids are loving it too
  • 2 1
 No doubt gonna be an up and coming little ripper!
  • 2 1
 Thank you for sharing her smiles Sam. You are terrific Dad!
  • 1 0
 thats one way to get more weight over the front end
  • 1 0
 He probably still rides faster than me with a kid onboard
  • 1 0
 Good on ya Sam!! Great rider, good bloke and dad.
  • 1 0

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