The Window - Video

Sep 14, 2016 at 15:20
by Pivot Cycles  
Views: 14,447    Faves: 100    Comments: 16


“Having a kid is terrifying, stressful, and exhausting. The murky waters you have to navigate as a first-time parent are full of uncertainties, self-doubt, and restless nights. I can also say that being a parent is unequivocally the greatest, most fulfilling experience you can ever imagine. The love I felt for my son actually shocked my system when I first met him. Every day has been an adventure since, and watching his charming and hilarious personality develop over the past 15 months has been a gift.

Being a parent also means that the life you knew is gone; which is not a bad thing. In fact, I’d say it’s downright amazing. I’m incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to forge a career based on riding bikes in the woods, but priority number one for any parent is the well being and development of their kid(s). I came up with ‘The Window’ concept to celebrate that, and pay homage to the parents who are doing their best, and enjoy every precious second on the trail when they’re not enjoying every precious second with their children and family. Naptime might not be enough time for a full day of bike park laps, or a 50 mile backcountry jaunt; but it’s more than enough time to go out and feel like a superhero for an hour or two on your local trails.”
- Brice Shirbach

Pivot Cycles and Reynolds Cycling present The Window
Brice rides big wheels with a short shock, in a small state with small hills, and still has a lot of fun.
Pivot Cycles and Reynolds Cycling presents The Window
Putting family first often makes riding in exotic destinations nearly impossible most of the time. That doesn't mean you can't go out and have yourself a hero ride closer to home.


Pivot Cycles and Reynolds Cycling presents The Window
On the gas, as there's always a diaper change waiting when the ride is done.


MENTIONS: @ReynoldsCycling / @briceshirbach / @FiveTen / @Maxxis / @anvlcomponents / @CommunityBikesandBoards



90 Comments

  • + 100
 All dads appreciate this video. Except the ones with bitter wives who took away all their riding privileges .
  • + 90
 if your wife can take things from you you're definitely doing it wrong.
  • + 31
 It's just like my life. . . except I have three kids, therefore less money, less time, less skill on the bike, and, of course, a less accommodating wife. Alas, I covertly view bike porn in a pitiful attempt to compensate. Sigh.
  • + 13
 @MJWais: Yup. As soon as I read "first time parent" I smirked and thought, "Just you wait..." 1 kid means you still get to ride as long as your wife is cool. Then the others come...
  • + 4
 Friends of mine who basically had to quit riding once they had kids knew, or should have known better going into those relationships/marriages. As an outsider, it was obvious.
  • + 25
 @DirtbagMatt: You are right, when my first child was born I understood how much free time I have had before. And when my second child was born I realized how much free time I have had with one child only. The good thing is that when you finally get on the trail (which does not happen very often) you really appreciate it.

During my last family vacation I woke up at 5 in th morning to get a 5 hour ride.
Being out on the trail alone and seeing sunrise - simply priceless.
  • + 15
 I have 2 kids and I ride like 3-6 times a week. In the mean time I spent lot of time with my children; playing and doing homework. But I have to say that my wife really supportr me couse she knows how important it is to me to ride and how happy I am after every ride.
  • + 3
 @DirtbagMatt: It's not all a sob story. I now ride with my 7 y/o son, who is starting to rip. Still, before the third kid, I trained for (and completed) an Ironman. Third kid is a total game changer. . . bless his heart.
  • + 15
 @colnagooze: Agreed! Kids equal 4:00 am wake-ups to ride. You see more far more wildlife, colorful skies, and you break all the fall spider webs for the riders coming later in the day. You're welcome.
  • + 9
 @DirtbagMatt: Dude tell me about it, I have 18mo twins, and I feel very fortunate that i get one ride in a week. If you want faster STRAVA times, have a family. No training or bike upgrade can make you faster then a frazzled wife at home waiting for you.
  • + 1
 @DirtbagMatt: Damn straight! It's not the 1st kid that kills it assuming you have a cool wife (many guys I know don't and their wives freaked on the 1st), but the 2nd kid definitely kills it.
  • + 3
 @ocalouro: I have girls, athletes, two years apart (ages 10 & 12). They crushed my ride time when they were smaller. Now, they've got school, activities, sports, clubs, etc. Oddly enough it opened a little time in the day to ride, but I work from home now, so I can pull that off. If I were 9-5 in some corporation's office, I'd never ride.

You are a very lucky person for having twins. You gave your kid a sibling to keep them company for the rest of their life and you never need to have another kid. You're done with diapers in 2 years. Both will go to school at the same time, sports at the same time, graduate at the same time. You won't have to repeat stuff. Sounds flipping awesome.
  • + 3
 Get rid of bitter wives! enjoy better lives! Ride on!
  • + 21
 Step 1. Act like a colossal jerk for a few days Step 2. Come back from a bike ride as a 'real nice guy' Repeat a few times and she'll be pushing you out the door for your next ride.
  • + 4
 @dbodoggle: diggin that! This does work! Except that some wives love jerks more than Mr.Nice Guys.
  • + 1
 @Rainozeros: always a catch haha. It works for me though! Smile
  • + 1
 @powderturns: They married the wrong women. I thank God for my wife. She knows riding makes me happy, so she doesn't give me grief.
I got a good one.
  • + 2
 I did the right thing being a shampoo salesman.
  • + 4
 Thanks @bizutch! Hopefully the mom's who like to get after it do as well!
  • + 2
 @briceshirbach: next time you're in Asheville/Brevard shoot me a line.
  • + 3
 I have 2 kids. and manage to ride 3 - 4 times a week. Both my boys ( 2 and 8 years old) love riding their bikes. My eldest is now frothing over shredding some trails with me and loves digging in the woods, while my youngest plays with the dirt. Its the perfect sport for kids. Nature, dirt, shovels, wildlife and bikes. Even the dog loves it! Yew!
  • + 0
 @rrolly: Canadian wives understand riding, beer and maple syrup make us tick...
  • + 13
 That pretty sums up it all: "parents who are doing their best, and enjoy every precious second on the trail when they’re not enjoying every precious second with their children and family".
  • + 6
 Fully fledged member of that club! Dropped kids at school today. Raced home. Loaded dishwasher. Quick 40k road ride collecting number 2 from school at 12 on the way back through. Met by the 'its not fair wheres my bike!!' tantrum. It would have been mountain biking but time did not allow...
  • + 9
 He nailed all the important aspects of parenting in the first 30 seconds...
  • + 7
 My kidless riding buddies just can't comprehend why I sometimes ride at sunrise on the weekends. Happy wife is a happy life!
  • + 5
 "it always sounds better in millimeters" LOL
Great video, really hits home. Iv ridden the same trail about 100x this summer because its right out my front door and driving only cuts into riding time. Had to sell the DH bike too, and do the only reasonable thing, pick up a trail bike!
  • + 4
 So perfectly written. Thank you so much for your positive view on life. There a season for everything and becoming a dad recently has put me in a new season. Ride time has diminished and requires more planning and creative options but the time I do spend biking with or w/out my wife and daughter is even sweeter now. Dates away from baby girl are usually now spent at the trail ripping it up for a quick hour or so before going back to our little girl. If you are a new dad that is struggling with ride time remember to be ready to be flexible and forgiving for those times that family just has to come first. Early morning rides and night rides have become a norm Smile I wouldn't change this new season for anything. Life before baby was relaxing and easy and now not so much but there is a much deeper level of fulfillment and joy. Just enjoying today because I know before I know it I'll be shredding the trails with my daughter. Live it up and be free to love.
  • + 6
 Bikes and kids make for a great life
  • + 4
 I have 2 kids. Daughter is 4 and rides her strider a bit still getting use to it, son is 3 and shreds his strider, wife didn't understand my love and happiness from and for riding. But once seeing my eyes light up while witnessing my son shred, and going to the ruby hill bike park grand opening and seeing how much joy I got out of hitting the dirt jumps and riding the slopestyle lines. She now has full suspension bike and is starting to go on nightly rides with all of us together. I get to the trails as much as I can which is a 3 or 4 times a month but hit the dj's and bike park quite a bit. If your wife loves you, she won't ever take anything from you, but instead maybe want to get into your interest also and ride with you. Get your whole family riding!! I understand if it's a baby, but they do have carts to pull babies also. Just saying....... GET OUT AND RIDE
  • + 4
 They nailed it with that one. I have 2 boys and they have been on balance bikes since the age of 1 1/2 and they are now 4 and 6 and love to ride around in the woods they are still learning how to ride on gravel but it so much fun seeing them doing it and pedaling their little bikes ! But I do love to escape for the after noon on Sundays to ride alone Smile
  • + 3
 Ok. I am from Vermont. Where did she (your cute and honorable Mrs. get our logo? Great video! Welcome to fatherhood! Both my kids started on Strider Bikes at 18 months. Still prefer bikes over anything they own! Oh yeah, MBVT!!!
  • + 4
 East Burke...she's not a rider, but has a lotta love for that town and VT in general!
  • + 4
 @briceshirbach: Nice work buddy! Love the vid (and plug). See you in Nov?
  • + 3
 @mtbvt: Yeah Ryan!
  • + 3
 As a stay at home dad currently of a 4 and 2 year old, there aren't many videos I can relate to more. I usually ride about 2-3 times a week as time and the wife permits, but she's usually pretty cool about it. She knows how much I love it and also knows I'm a grouch if I don't get some trail time in. It keeps me sane and makes me a better father and husband in the end.

I also learned a new skill recently after breaking my collarbone requiring surgery; the one armed diaper change. It's not for the faint of heart and only for those father's with superior poop experience. Smile
  • + 3
 Awesome video it truly applies to all dads out there that rides. Time becomes valuable when you have multiple priorities at home besides riding mountain bike. We just gotta find that window of opportunityto keep us going in life.
  • + 3
 My girls are 4 and 6 years old. I've got trails about five minutes (by bike) from home so even for a thirty minute ride it is worth it. I usually get about four rides per week, usually one hour or 90 minutes long. Which is fine if you go full blast. My commute to and from work takes well over an hour a day, so there is no need to bother with lower intensity riding on my mtb. My girlfriend absolutely supports me to go riding my mtb and she has her own slots for her own activities. You just need to plan it properly and have the discipline to take advantage of your slot even if you're knackered. You'll always feel better afterwards, especially with these shorter sessions. It hasn't always been like that though. When I moved in with her in the city it turned out to be harder to go out riding than I initially expected. And it was definitely more unpredictable when my little girls needed me so that made it impossible to plan. Eventually we moved just outside the city and that's been the best decision ever.

Yesterday received a blue/pink hardtail (Ghost Powerkid 20") and tomorrow I'll take my oldest daughter on her first mountainbike ride. They always knew how important riding mountainbikes is for me and they just wanted to have a go as well. Unfortunately it turns out to be too big for the youngest. So she's gutted as she loves to ride her bike no matter how tired she is. I might have to get her one too! You may not call it proper mountainbiking if I go on a ride with them, but it is just an extra ride for me so that's great. I'll finally take the time to work on my low speed skills, trackstands and manuals Smile .

To all riders (moms and dads) I'd say it is essential to exercise your passion when raising a kid. Teach your kid what moves you and that is essential in life to follow your passion rather than just whatever your boss/teacher/whatever tells you to do. Hopefully you'll raise a kid that happily and confidently picks up an activity instead of a cellphone to stop the boredom. Eventually it doesn't matter if they actually keep riding mountainbikes, prefer skateboards or just keep climbing trees.
  • + 7
 My future life... I have 6 months to rush the trails before diapers Big Grin
  • + 4
 Good luck bud!
  • + 1
 @Rucker10: Me too! I just bought a new knolly warden C to help cope with the future limitations and lack of money!
  • + 1
 @LaXcarp: Good choice. And a fellow Jedi owner. Get after it while you can!
  • + 1
 @LaXcarp:I'm programming all the old bike updates before the kid arrives.
  • + 2
 I always appreciate and enjoy seeing mtb dads encouraging their kids to ride and having a good time out on the trails with them....
That being said, I freakin' LOVE living in a family-sized house with just my lady and dogs, out in the woods, riding whenever the f@$* we want and not giving a shit what happens tomorrow. I wouldn't trade it for all the kids in the world!
  • + 6
 Appreciate this perspective. Bachelors won't get it but that's ok.
  • + 2
 Two teen girls here. Didn't ride much when they were small - couldn't balance it all and feel good as a father. Now I shred with my youngest and XC with the oldest. I ride like 7x/wk... and usually they are the ones pushing me to go bigger! We even work on our bikes together. I guess I'm making up for lost time. I think if you do it right it can come full circle.
I also live on RI/MA line... Diamond Hill, Lincoln Woods, Vietnam, Foxy... they all rock!
  • + 2
 Never understood why some people choose to keep their outdoor life and their family life separate. A family that shreds together stays together... Although I did find myself at home Tuesday night making dinner while my wife was out riding...hmmm... wait a minute!...
  • + 1
 I'm not a dad yet and one of my riding buddies is an awesome father of three who works a ton of hours. So, I operate under the rule that when we ride the dad in the group gets to pick the trails we hit. It's so cool to see the excitement of someone who is grateful to just get out on the bike.
  • + 5
 Brandywine at its finest! Awesome video
  • + 1
 This one hit home. I live 10 minutes from Brandywine and have 4mo old twin boys. Luckily the wife has been super cool about letting me get out on Sunday mornings.

Her hangup has been injury-related more than time. I am currently nursing a torn ligament in my thumb that may require surgery so she's up in arms about that stuff. Any tips?
  • + 1
 It's all what you make it. Yes, kids take time/energy/money etc. We have 3 (twins being 2 of the 3) and have both been able to ride allot as they've grown. I tag in, my wife tags out or when we get kid sitting time we ride together. With the kids seeing mom and dad ride all the time it's what's normal to them and they follow suit and ride with us at the bike park come weekends, after school,summer break... Yes, they pitch a fit at times, revolt and want to watch TV, play barbies whatever but for the most part they're easier to rally than many of our friends.
  • + 1
 I came from BMX to mountain biking. I may not get out on the mountain bike much these days with a 22 month old and 4 year old but both are really into riding their balance and pedal bikes while I rip around on my BMX. Eventually I'll get both out on the trails, pretty easy to convince mom then once the kids are pleading to go as well, or at least that's my master plan.
  • + 1
 This is a huge part of why I live in the community I do. That precious "Window" can fit so much more when it starts and finishes at your door. We live a community where we also do a lot of ride coordinating. So my wife and her friends will ride and then I will ride with my friends in the afternoon. I've learnt that if I let her ride first I seem to have less restrictive perimeters around my ride timing.
  • + 3
 Too funny. I literally have a 2 hour window right now until the bus drops off the kids, since I snuck out of work early. See ya!
  • + 3
 29 and no kids checking in. Kids are cool and all, but that stuff isn't for me; I'm broke enough as it is. Shout out to all the Rad Dads, though--you guys deserve that shit.
  • + 2
 Gonna have to ride brandywine really soon now!! passed him on the trails at whiteclay this weekend during my "window" time as well....gotta love kids
  • + 4
 Great video, thanks for sharing! Where is the riding location?
  • + 1
 I'm guessing East Coast, likely in VT but possibly NC? Seriously i have no clue but this video reminded me of these areas
  • + 2
 Its actually a park in the state of Delaware, its called Brandywine! Great riding spot for an otherwise extremely flat state
  • + 1
 @singletrack29er: HA! so in the middle of VT and NC Razz Never would have guessed! With that said, I'm from MA and one of my favorite spots to ride is RI. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for making this video!
  • + 1
 @singletrack29er: My guess was Wissahickon! I'll have to check this place out! Looks pretty fun!
  • + 2
 @charles0210: Diamond hill in RI is amazing, cant count the flat states out haha!
  • + 1
 @OGTallPaul Yeah very easy to get to from Philly, definitely worth a trip to mix it up if you are used to the Wiss
  • + 1
 @singletrack29er: Flat areas can be great fun to keep the flow going. Big mountains are great as you have long decends but you'll have to slog up long climbs as well. Smaller hills have these climbs so short they're over before they bore you. I did a roadtrip with my girlfriend through New England (and a small bit of Canada) and it was beautiful. Have to say the area of Lincoln had some proper mountains to climb Smile .
  • + 3
 lol....yap nap time=shred time....lately instead of napping my son prefer to come to the woods with me on his balance bike
  • + 1
 Yep I second that I have 18 month old twins and I am out the door as soon as they go down for their nap.
  • + 3
 Many of those rides squeezed in, but one day my little dudes can rip with me!
  • + 1
 My wife falls into the super understanding and encouraging category. I get to ride damn near whenever. And we have two urchins, five and eight!
I think ill go tell her how cool she is right now.Wink
  • + 1
 My two (10 & 12) are riding with me more & more and it just adds more fun, l have to carry enough food for a weekend with a rugby team , but its great sharing the trails and the stoke.
  • + 3
 Delaware made it onto Pinkbike haha
  • + 2
 Oh you live right opposite some nice looking singletrack... don't rub it in mate
  • + 5
 haha it's movie magic and not real life
  • + 3
 @briceshirbach: im currently looking to move house and trail proximity is a high priority - dont tell the missus tho Smile srs note - take care on those solo rides mtb dads
  • + 3
 What company makes the shorts and shirt he's wearing? I like that combo.
  • + 2
 DHA RCO
  • + 2
 Checked out their site. Really like their gear. Us mountain bikers are some fickle punks. Switching brands, logos, attire, styles...all day every day. Heh
  • + 3
 Self employed + both kids in public school = HUGE WINDOW SCHYEAAAAHH!!
  • + 3
 3 kids here, I know exactly where your coming from!
  • + 1
 I want that trail so badly! Starting downhill as he leaves the house. Ending downhill a he returns home. And this for 2,5 hours - priceless!
  • + 3
 "gotta be honest, I'm not even angry- I'm proud!"
  • + 1
 I'm due to be a dad in March, sent this to the wife as good parenting guide. Top vid btw.
  • + 2
 this guy nailed it. now no more kids and he will be just fineee
  • + 1
 So true. I squeeze in rides after the kids go to school and before work.Lunch time rides and early sat mornings for sure.
  • + 1
 My bike would be gone if I left it outside like that....problem solved
  • + 1
 didnt even notice it was a 29er by the way he hit those corners
  • + 1
 more like a porthole for me......
  • + 1
 What Pivot is he riding?
  • - 1
 Like if the hub sounds more than music Smile

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