Thursday, April 14, 2011


I got the bad news today that Seattle Electric Bike is not going to be able to retrofit my current bike with a bionx system.  That means no battery powered torque to get my sorry ass up the Seattle hills.  I guess I am going to have to bike the old fashioned way, lots of cardio pumping, sweat activated, muscle power.  Bleh. How pathetic am I that I am this bummed about not getting electric assistance?!  But hey, we do live in a technologically based world.  Why should I limit the technology assistance that I get daily with computers, iPhones, etc. doesn't my ass deserve some technological ingenuity?  I would like to think so.  But, alas, it is not to be.  The other bad news, as if that isn't enough, is that I also got a mini lecture on how unsafe my front mount bike seat is.  The guy at the bike shop said his mechanic was "adamant" about the safety issues surrounding my Yepp Mini.  He also kept calling it a basket.  So either he thinks my kid is riding Toto style  or lots of people, including yours truly, are putting their tiny tots in harms way.  I have yet to find an article citing the safety issues with my seat or front mounted seats.  There are concerns about everything, so naturally there would be concerns about this type of setup.  So I guess I have a choice, get rid of the front and back seat (because both have "issues") and go to a trailer (oh, but wait, concerns there too!) or just stop cycling because it is just dangerous.  Bleh.  I think I will continue to be as safe as I can and try to get myself into some kind of shape where our mountains that we call hills resemble some kind of speed bump.  

On a lighter note.....I have had Pink Floyd's "I've Got a Bike" in my head for days!  So I am now going to cyber sing it for all of you, so that you can have it stuck in your head too.

I've got a bike
You can ride it if you like
It's got a basket
A bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I'd give it to you if I could
But I borrowed it 

And a link:

Friday, April 8, 2011

New setup and first rides!

Who would have thought I would have ever written a blog?!  I am actually quite excited about starting this blog.

A very good friend has gotten our family into biking.  Like blogging, biking was not something I thought I would enjoy but it turns out I enjoy them both!  So, I start looking into bikes that can accommodate two kid seats; one on the front, one on the back.  I went to a great bike store, but unfortunately did not find what I was looking for.  After a TON of research, I finally found a bike that is designed to hold 2 seats!! Madi, Brandt, Rijder, Luisa, Gavin, Evan and I schlepped down to Clever Cycles in Portland, OR, to look at the uber awesome bike, the Gazelle Bloom. Turns out that Dutch people are very tall, and the bike that was 26" was way too big!  I felt totally deflated!  But the amazingly awesome people at Clever Cycles fit me on a bike that was perfectly sized for me; the extra small Breezer Uptown 8.  Madi and the bike store people assured me it was a good bike.  After new handlebars, new stem, two new seats, and a new saddle the bike was ready.   We even splurged on funky new Nutcase helmets!  Mine is purple, Gavin has an Evel Knievel-esque helmet with red, white, and blue racing stripes with white side stars, and Evan has a Union Jack helmet.  The boys and I hopped on and off we went for our first mommy and kids ride!  They both loved it!  Evan cooed away and constantly rang the bell and Gavin squealed with delight.

It has now been several days since I have been a cyclist (is that the right term?).  We have ridden to preschool, to the park, and out to eat twice!  I am very happy but very tired and heavily bruised.  My knees are now polka dotted with purple bruises from hitting the nuts under Evan's front seat.  I just need to ride a bit more bow-legged.   Today, I even got my friend, Melinda on a bike pulling a Burley trailer with her almost 4 year old, Frenchie.  Frenchie actually screamed in happiness most of the way to the park.  That girl has one animated personality!

 I get my bike looked at next week to see if there is room for an electric retrofit with the Bionix system.  Hoping to have those hills tackled with a bit of help from my trusty friend, electricity and his bud, torque.

Looking forward to more blogging and lots more riding!!  See you on the streets!