Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bike Firsts...

Friday marked my first wipe-out since I've been back on a bike. The ridiculous thing was that I wasn't even doing my typical city street cycling, but had taken the day off from work and took a lovely, long ride with my husband along a bike path. The boys were in camp so we got a few wonderful hours together, enjoying a lazy ride, not worrying about cars whizzing by. Of course, I am glad I wasn't carrying any of my fellas on the back of the xtra when I took the digger. I got distracted by a water rest stop someone had kindly set up for dogs when I clipped P's back wheel with my front wheel-- giving him some nice tire burn along his left calf and sending me totally sprawling. After a few minutes of sitting along the edge of the path, I managed to get back on the saddle and off we rode. I did, of course, want to document some of my war wounds before getting in the shower to wash off the bike path dust.
Later that afternoon, the UPS guy came by with a big package-- F's first two wheeler, a great balance bike I managed to get a very good deal on. He was excited to try it out and jumped right on, trying to push himself along and balance while remaining seated.



We realized that the seat was a bit low so P set about adjusting it, finding the perfect work space-- the box of the bakfiets.
The higher seat fit him better...
and he was excited to pose with his bike, his dad, and the bakfiets.

And then off he rode down the block.

8 comments:

Andrea said...

Ouch!!

Jennifer said...

F is such a cutie. I bet he'll be riding a pedal bike before you know it.

MamaVee said...

Ouch! no fun! I fear the wipe outs and pretend they never happen.

I love balance bikes. Best invention ever. I actually think I'm going to take the pedals off of G's bike since she'd rather ride T's bike than deal with her pedals and training wheels. she can go faster on his bike.

Dottie said...

Yipes, nasty scrapes. Glad you're okay otherwise! On a happier note, your little guy looks so cute on his Skuut!!

Jen said...

Sorry to hear about the wipeout. I hate when that happens. I'm never sure how bad I'm really hurt until my embarrassment wears off and the aches and bruises start to set in. I love your little guys bike. It is so, so, cool.

inkandpen said...

Adorable balance bike! Did these things not exist when I was a kid, or were my parents just not hip enough to get me one?

And bummer about your wipe out! Do you & your kids talk about what they should do if you fall with them on the bike?

Trisha said...

Ouch! That looks painful. Those balance bikes are such a neat idea; back when I was a kid I don't remember seeing any other option than training wheels.

Terra said...

It's actually good to at least have one wipeout, to keep us from getting too cocky and remind us to continue being careful, methinks. Reminds you of just how hard the road feels and how dirtly it is and how far we have to fall now that we are tall adults and not kids! I hit a curb thing that I didn't see and went over sideways and when I realized in the split second that it was un-recoverable, I thought, to myself, "Self: Wow. This is going to really hurt." and it did. But I survived! :-)