Our New Wheels!

By , July 9, 2007 11:31 am

Yesterday my 5 year-old son reached an exciting milestone: riding a two-wheel bicycle! We had been for a bike ride (early-to avoid the heat), and one of his training wheels was so worn down that it was splitting. Riding behind him, I noticed that he wasn’t using them much anyhow. So, ignoring his protests and dramatic cries that he would “never ride a bike again,” we took the training wheels off.

Half an hour later, the lure of the bicycle was simply too great, so he got on and tried. He fell once or twice, but by the third time he had it! He still can’t get on and started by himself yet, and he can only turn left, but he goes about 100 mph with a giant grin on his face. I fear an orthopaedic consultation in our future.

Another excitement is my $10 garage sale old 3-speed bicycle and $70 little bike-trailer (Walmart). The bike is simple, comfortable (at least after the addition of a new gel seat), and works fine. Plus it is a cool classic old bike with character. Perfect for a non-jock, ride around the neighborhood type like me!

The bike trailer is awesome! Why didn’t I ever get one of these before? My 18 month-old speed demon, daredevil girl (the next Danica Patrick perhaps?) rides along in her chariot saying “Whee!!!”

Perhaps I am the only one behind the times enough to have just discovered the wonder of a bike-trailer. Is blogging about a bike trailer kind of like blogging about water? (Oops, I’ve done that too!) “Hey world! I just discovered this wonderful new stuff that tastes good and makes you not thirsty anymore. You can even SWIM in it! It is called water!” Hopefully I am not boring the blogosphere into a deep, deep sleep.

But if you are still awake after reading this far in my post, you have probably never tried a bike trailer (or had a drink of water?). I highly recommend that you do! The trailer doesn’t upset your balance like a child seat mounted directly on the bicycle can, and seems safer too. Some of the trailers I have seen online can be hundreds of dollars. Perhaps these have additional features that some may want. For us however, this most basic little one is perfect.

Family bike rides are a wonderful way to unplug your kids and get them outside. The trailer allows even the littlest riders to tag along and have fun! So go get one…and a drink of water too.

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5 Responses to “Our New Wheels!”

  1. cloudscome says:

    I had a baby seat on the back of my bike when Buster was little. We loved it. I have thought about getting a new bike and a trailer for the little guy now, but I am concerned about how I would transport it to the bike parks in my tiny car. We live on a hill in a busy traffic area so riding around here isn’t practical.

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    This one is supposed to “easily fold flat” to fit in the trunk of a car. I haven’t tried that yet, but it is pretty small. So if it really does fold flat, as they claim it does, then it should fit inside even a small car.

  3. Andamom says:

    We got a trailer a few months ago so that we could bike the NYC Bike Tour (42 miles) with the entire family (http://andamom.com/?p=45). My husband investigated various trailers and we found a used one on a parenting group in our area… It is a Burley Cart. The great thing about it is that if your bike falls over, the cart does not tip. Gabriel (the now 13 month old) seems relatively happy sitting in it — although he hates his helmet. We put it on him and he has found a way to remove it.

    In any case, happy biking!

  4. d. chedwick bryant says:

    when I was a kid I rode on the handlebars of my oldest sister’s bike–I remember holding on tight and being thrilled. we all did it and nobody ever got hurt although we were all daredevils on bikes. I would love riding in a little cart behind a bike– more sedate and secure.

  5. Mom Unplugged says:

    My 18 month-old hates her helmet too. She usually ends up managing to drag it partially down over her face, poor thing! That no-tip feature sounds great! I don’t think mine has that.

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