Monday, October 26, 2009

Snaps of our Fall Bike Commute

Each time we opt to ride our bikes instead of taking the car, we are glad. There are moments of rushing around, of cold or rainy weather, or of pure exhaustion when we ask ourselves, "Should we just take the car this morning?" However, we have remained true to our commitment-- if we can ride there, we will. Really, every time I reach our destination and I hop off my bike, I find myself so glad that we arrived by pedal power.

Two weeks ago, we spent an incredible day downtown. The older boys rode their own bikes (wow!) while we loaded F's balance bike in the Xtracycle. Originally, we thought we would head to the bike path so the guys could ride there for a bit. However, we were hungry so headed downtown first to get a bite to eat. It was such a beautiful day that once we arrived downtown, we found a quiet spot on campus close to food shops where the boys could ride loops and loops around these trees and we could get lunch and picnic outside. It was so great to watch each of the guys enjoying his own bike. F's getting really adept on his balance bike. I suspect he'll be the one to learn to ride without ever using training wheels. S got really into riding that day and looped round and round, counting 112 laps when it was all over... and he still rode home.



We had a week of particularly cold weather, and I am learning about dressing myself-- and my sons-- for our fall bike commuting. Each time I read about Miss Sarah up in Canada or Dottie in Chicago, I think that I really don't have any cause to kvetch too much about riding in this Northeast weather. After complaints last year of cold ears, I did buy each of the boys new Bern helmets with fuzzy ear coverings. Warm ears make for such a happier commute.



It was great to have a really beautiful, truly autumn (not winteresque) day this past weekend. I like to call this snap of P the"Tweed Ride of One," but really, there were five of us heading off to church. He was the only one wearing tweed though.

S & C's "Spooky Suzuki" violin & guitar Halloween concert forced us to finish the boys' costumes an entire week early this year. Here they are about to climb in/on our various cargo bikes on the way to our local music school. Their bike helmets don't give you the full effect of the Pirate Monkey, Charmander (a Pokemon, who knew? not me, until this request came) & Pikachu costumes but they looked so cute anyway. Oh, and also, all three costumes have great tails....

Thank goodness Pikachu could ride on the snapdeck of the Xtracycle. I don't think his tail would fit in the bakfiets....


8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Please consider sharing your tips on how to stay dry. I have still not figured out adequate rain gear and have had to pass on the bike on very rainy days.

Love the pics!

inkandpen said...

Impossibly cute Pikachu. Thanks for sharing, that last shot is priceless!

Andrea said...

This is so great! The costumes are awesome and the bike days sound wonderful (chilly autumn and all)...what will happen when the snow flies?

MamaVee said...

very very cute!

Dottie said...

Oh my gosh, these pictures make me so happy. I love the one-man tweed ride, so dapper, and the boys are so cute. What a lovely family!

Daniel M. Perez (Slow Bike Miami) said...

Wow, Bakfiets AND Xtracycle! You've just given me a goal to achieve (three kids wouldn't be bad either)!

:-)

sara said...

Hey Daniel-- We got the Bakfiets first (it was the three kids that led us to that cargo bike). We found that we were in constant discussions who 'had' to take the car when the boys needed to be in different places that caused us to buy the Xtracycle. We don't regret either purchase and the car now sits for long periods of time. I've already begun eyeing a triple bike for future commutes with my older guys... Is this over-the-top?!

Daniel M. Perez (Slow Bike Miami) said...

Over the top? Nah, not at all. :-)