After what feels like centuries, baby R is finally on the bicycle. Here in MA, the legal requirement is that babies be one year before riding on a bike, and while we love seeing all you fabulous folks out there biking with babies, we have plenty of transit and foot transport options, so we went with the legal guideline. In anticipation of R’s first birthday, I diligently got our bobike seat hooked up to make a “one-kid” rig, and set to work making our two-kid xtracycle seat suitable for a young toddler. R wasn’t so sure about his helmet, but in the end, he loved all 5 minutes of his birthday ride. See? He really is a V-C.
Now that he’s on a bike, our two-kid xtracycle seat is finally coming into it’s own. With some new straps added to the rear seat, a bit of cushioning (he was protesting the potholes), and some well-placed toys, we can now ride with two at once!
It has been nearly five years since our entire family could bike together. Angela got pregnant in Sept 2005 and since she could easily commute by foot, skipped biking while pregnant. Then we had a H, and by the time we got our act together on gear, H was two. There was a very brief shining moment in which all three of us could ride, but then my acupuncturist insisted that I not bike while I was pregnant (not a choice I regret, but I do admire you fabulous pregnant biking ladies!). Once R was born, it took me several months to get back in the saddle, and then we had to get through year one with R. But now, finally, here we are:
A four helmet family.
I can taste the freedom.