Well.. It’s been awhile since my last blog post. I’m going to blame this one on the baby (who is now a very adventurous toddler).
These are the steps I have taken over the past 16 months.
Step 1: Listen/read to the scare tactics of biking with babe (see below)
Step 2: Get enough information from other parent bikers.
Step 3: Convince extended family that babe is in fact going to survive.
Step 4: Figure out what babe should ride in.
Step 5: Buy a helmet that fits a tiny head (it is the law after all…).
Step 6: Avoid said helmet because it looks like it does more harm than good.
Step 7: Enjoy riding (small distances) in the chariot with said babe. No helmet.
Step 9: Re-assess what babe should ride in.
Step 10: Enjoy riding with babe in Yepp Maxi. With said helmet.
Step 11: See step 9.
Step 12: Take a Bullit Cargo Bike for a test drive to the grocery store (thanks BikeBike). Watch your now toddler eat grapes and bananas while yelling ‘dog’ with mouth full. Laugh so hard you cry.
Step 13: Start saving for said cargo bike (c’mon it even fits a dog!!). While still enjoying adventures with the Yepp Maxi.
This is a lighthearted post but in all honesty, I felt a lot of judgment when it came to biking with O which limited the distance and the activities that I was willing to take him on. For the first 8 months I felt trapped and isolated. Many days I would dream of what it would feel like to have a child laughing and chatting with you while biking. Last Friday, I got up the courage to take little O down to Olympic Plaza for KidsFest (7 km ride right through downtown). When we got to Stephen Ave I could hear him yelling was “BALLOOOONNN BALLLOOOONNN WWWWWEEEEEEE” which made this journey so worth it. Would I have been able to experience that in a car? I’m not sure…
Any other parents out there struggling to get biking again? Anyone feel like you’re 100% satisfied with the choice you made for biking with babes? Biggest fails? Any tricks?
I have a feeling biking with a family is constantly going to evolve.
Until next time,
(the quieter one)