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.
On Mother’s Day we took our maiden voyage to the park where we played for an hour and a half.
Then we rode over to Starbucks to refuel and have a coffee date, my favorite kind of date really.
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.
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.