I guess I haven’t written much. But I’ve been biking a ton! I have over 1800 miles on my Xtracycle. That means 1800 miles I haven’t put on a car. And that feels pretty good.
I am seeing the limitations of the bike though. And there’s a ton of new options on the market, so I think my time with the Xtracycle might be coming to a close. We’ll see. I’ve fallen twice. My daughter has fallen—LOVE the hooptie though, it protected her every time from most any injury, even when I fell with her on the bike.
It’s a big, clunky bike. It can carry a ton, but it’s hard to maneuver. It won’t travel with us. We picked up a secondhand Weehoo so we could ride with kids on vacation, but it was still really tough to fit in the car–we barely got it in the cargo box all taken apart. I rode my mountain bike. My now 11 year old enjoys it.
He is riding a ton on his own, he rode the RSVP with my husband this summer, from Seattle to Vancouver. He could have kept going! He is full of energy, very fierce.
I’ve been updating my wardrobe for better riding—I’ve found two British websites that actually carry decent-looking commuting gear for women–but that is a wide open market. They are Vulpine and Velovixen. I’ve gotten two new pairs of water-resistant trousers that don’t look like rain pants and have cool features like reflective details and button up legs that don’t get caught in gears. Why don’t any American companies make these?
I’ve ridden the cargo bike into Seattle now, with child and without, and it’s worked pretty well! My son and I rode to University Village, through a ton of downtown construction, to go Back to school shopping. No parking nightmare needed! No ferry lines! That was pretty awesome, except he lost his helmet…oh well, life can’t be perfect.