The cranks offer two pedal positions, which make it easy to accommodate growing riders. Bolt the pedals in first position for a short crank throw. Then, as the rider gets older, raise the seat and move the pedals to maintain proper fit.
That’s smart design.
But no longer a problem. Not with adjustable-throw cranks and one of the more important mountain-bike innovations: the sloping top tube.
I also like the instructions printed on the handlebar stem cap: Ride. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
Maybe the words are too simple for grownups overwhelmed by the complexity of work, relationships and all the other navigational challenges of adult life.
But they’re pretty much all you need to get started.
And starting is what it’s all about.