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.