Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stroller Biking

You can see the stroller is not really a stroller

I hate the bus in summer. So many smells and all the weirdos are out in full bloom. With the older kid biking we have more freedom. On the hotter days we have done stroller biking. What is that? Well, it means our kid bikes and we walk really fast with the stroller behind her. I would love her to ride on the road but with us on the sidewalk I am not so confident that she won't get run over by a car.

As you can see by the picture, I am not committed enough to invest in a stroller that cost a bazillion dollars. I also don't like the idea of buying one used unless I see that it was cleaned. Too many times I see junk or gross things people try to sell. Also, my husband is very allergic to animals so if it has even been near something with hair then forget it. This means I have to buy new. Ok, fine. Let's see how long I last with the car seat stroller set up.

We have done a lot of walking and pushing a baby. We did this whole set up to the Wooden Boat festival to Lake Union.
FYI: That man in the background is NOT Mr. Peyos
These boats were cheap, at least cheaper than my bike. Mr. Peyos was interested by what kind of boat he could potentially buy. Maybe we can add an electric assist and we can all bike this around Lake Union, hahaha.
So much pink!

In any case, we have been walking more than I want but oh well, better than the bus right! We walked here just so my kid could get a plant that is half dead now. 

So, our kid is growing and she is biking. She is pretty fast at this point. I am sure we will have to upgrade to another bike. She has not mastered one handed biking or any crazy stunts but then again she is really a cautious kid. I remember at her age I was jumping over stuff with my roller skates. My dream job would be at a Roller Derby.

In any case, she amazes us with her new biking skills.Our kid has gone to summer camp and the camp moved from one location to a farther one. This means the commute has been far, or least far in the sense that I have to get a whole baby ready and equipment in the stroller to get her and her friend to camp. Mr. Peyos has a flexible job with a corporate giant so he is able to stay home a bit longer with the baby so I could do crazy stuff. Crazy stuff means putting the non-biking friend in the Hooptie and having our kid bike next to me. So, this is what I did the other day. I take the girls to camp and they get picked up by someone else. I had to tow the bike, an experience I only ever see online.
Can that bike get more pink?
I thought I did a good job securing the thing. I had some straps to the toe clips from another bike but alas, I lost one and the bike was hanging but held by the Xtracycle bags. I think it also helps that the wheel had something to stick into. I guess with more practice.
you like the dry grass at my house I never water in summer?

I made it home and so this is our summer. Not exactly the same as last summer where I had NO idea I was pregnant and decided to start graduate school. Then again, this summer is full of baby cuteness and a kid on her way to biking independence.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kids riding on their own (The lazy way)

Taking a break on Bicycle Sunday
Training wheels are the worst idea. If you have kids forget the training wheels, they don't help. Instead take the pedals off a bike if they have one. If you have the money, get them a balance bike. At the time our daughter was little enough for a balance bike we were in economical poo. So, buying a balance bike or any bike just seemed out of the question. It wasn't until we moved to Seattle where we were able to afford stuff. Right now I am in the process of getting rid of stuff.

Training wheels bike
When we finally got our daughter a bike we figured it would be a good idea to put training wheels on the bike. We purchased her bike at Bike Works and she rode it home with the training wheels. Everything was good until she crashed into a berry bush. That basically ended her biking career for a good 8 months. In the meantime the Viking offspring grew and grew and the bike was just too small for her. A lot of begging happened for a new bike. In the meanwhile our kid was using the bike as part of whatever games she played in the yard. We took the bike back to Bike Works and bought a larger bike, the current pink one. We took the pedals off, meaning we had Steve take them off. We like Steve, he is so nice!

Say Cheese Steve!
So, Mr. Peyos, Baby Peyos and myself walked with our daughter all the way down to Seward Park for Bicycle Sunday. A lot of people saw us with our kid on her bike without the pedals. Someone even said to us that maybe having another parent teach her would help but we figured once we hit a flat surface she would maybe balance herself.

Family Bikes in the distance
We were trying to make our way to some festival down on the lake where BikeWorks had a stand and we could have someone put her pedals back on. We also knew that Family Bike would be there and we could check out all the different family bikes, something fun. I like these community events, although people were lined up forever for a free helmet. I hope they had the bike to go with it. In any case, while we waited for the wheels to get back on we took a look around. We spotted a newish cargo bike from G&O. I like that basket and the assist is really nice.

It was a happy occasion to wait for the pedals. While this was happening Baby Peyos and I went to visit Morgan. Can you see her in the purple? We made our way to check out the different family bikes.

Again, if you want to rent a bike contact Morgan, she has so many bikes to choose from. Remember my adventures with the Madsen? You can recreate them minus the speakers. I wanted to stick Baby Peyos on a bike but he was grouchy and just wanted his human water bottle/food source/pillow so he wasn't into my fun. I did manage to stick him in a cargo bike. I think the yellow subdued him.

See you later Mommy!
We started making our way home on Lake Washington to bike along the relaxing zero car zone. At this point Baby Peyos decided he had enough and it took the two adults to calm him down. While I was trying to get my walking and nursing thing going our kid took off on two wheels without us. We didn't notice because we were so involved in the baby. After all that balance biking we didn't think she would just bike away from us once the pedals were put back on but that is EXACTLY what happened.

So, if you want your older kid to bike take the pedals off. Put the pedals back on and don't worry they will bike. Then again, potty training with her was this easy. One day Mr. Peyos said to her, "you will no longer be wearing diapers". She said, "Okay". That was it! From that day on she went to the potty in her tiny toilet. So, the biking doesn't come as a surprise. Who was nervous about her falling? Mr. Peyos! As soon as he realized she was biking he kinda ran after her to "help" her. He walked fast next to her and reached out his hand when he thought she would fall. Good thing our kid told him to leave her alone.

She biked all the way home but on the way her seat needed to be put up. Lucky for us Cascade was out in full force and had tools. We got to borrow a tool but not before we were lectured on how badly her bike helmet was on our kid. Am I going to get into the helmet debate? No, but I can tell you that we won't freak out if somehow it gets forgotten. It's the law so we wear one. Now that our kid is on her bike it feels liberating. Now she is trying to get miles to earn a newer bike.

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