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Bike riding with kids: The Hansard Family

Three months after The Hays family captured my attention with a look inside their bike-riding life, we have become a bike-riding family. Immediately after reading the article Wendie wrote, I wanted to buy a bike and trailer for the kids and hit the road. Well, it would have costed us $1400 to get the bike and trailer that I wanted, so we decided to wait and try Craigslist.

After three months of searching, I finally scored on a bike and a trailer (separate listing about a month apart). Saved $950 and have a really sweet ride. Well, actually Ryan and the kids have a really sweet ride (Electra Townie and a Burley bike trailer= smooth sailing).

My bike is called Brooksville— Jackson (our 4-year old) found her by a dumpster when we lived in small town called Brooksville. She is definitely a classic.

bike riding with kids

On Mother’s Day we took our maiden voyage to the park where we played for an hour and a half.

bike riding with kids

Then we rode over to Starbucks to refuel and have a coffee date, my favorite kind of date really.

bike riding with kids

Then we decided to grab a $5 pizza for lunch at Hungry Howies and call it the perfect day. Yes, we are eating lunch in the greasy, dirty parking lot— embrace the adventure people! All in all, we rode about 12 miles that morning and had a great time.

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What I learned from the first bike ride with our kids:
That bike riding with kids is actually a lot of fun.
That cars are jerks.
That change starts with us.
That pizza tastes so good after you pedal a couple miles to get it.
Ryan and I made a pact afterwards to use our bikes when running errands within 3 miles of our home. So now we go grocery shopping, to the pool, to the mall, to the bank, and even Sam’s Club on our bikes. Even in the 95 degree Florida humidity+heat, it’s not too bad! You catch a breeze while riding and it really cools us down. It’s been over a month now of being a bike riding family and my only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner.

Seriously.

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8 Responses to Bike riding with kids: The Hansard Family

  1. Arianna June 21, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    We’re so grateful to be able to walk and don’t even own a car right now, but would love a bike. Just too afraid of the motorists :)

    • Family Sponge June 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Life without a car— I would love to hear more about that!

  2. Kaley June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Are the trips to the grocery store / Sam’s Club just a quick errand to pick up an ingredient, or is it a weekly shopping trip on your bikes? How do you carry your purchases?

    • Family Sponge June 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      We do all our shopping with the trailer. We usually do 2 trips for groceries each week because of space. And Sam’s Club is definitely a trip on it’s own. The back of the bike trailer has a “trunk” where we put most of the groceries. We even pack some around the kids feet if we need to. This morning we brought backpacks and loaded those up with the canned beans and fruit. We put the 2 gallons of OJ and gallon of milk in the trailer, along with the bread, eggs and oatmeal. It really fits a lot! :)

      A basket for my bike is definitely on my wish list. We could ditch the backpacks if we had that.

  3. Trina {Beginner Beans} June 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    This is great! I keep saying I want to do this, but haven’t owned a bike since I was 12 so it’s all a little intimidating. Thank you for inspiring me!

    • Family Sponge June 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      It’s so much fun! The first time we went riding, I felt like I was 12 again. It was an instant mood lifter. Bikes just bring out the youth in us. :) And riding with my husband has been a lot of fun— it’s something different that we are doing together. And whenever we run errands, we are always stopped by people interested in what we are doing. It’s really a great way to get to know your neighbors.

  4. Jadah Sellner June 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    This is so inspiring. We are about to move super close to an awesome bike trail, and I definitely want to commit to riding our bikes for running local errands.

  5. Jadah Sellner June 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

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