Tag Archive: kids on bikes

Big-Girl Bike!

I was picking my friends’ brains about a better bike for the girl, and saw a few of the models we’d chatted about listed for sale by some guy out in the suburbs.  He encouraged me to check out the serial number and assured me he buys his bikes at estate sales and fixes them up for extra income.  I haven’t yet, to be honest…


New (old) bike!

We decided to go with a Specialized Hotrock.  It’s in good shape, exactly the right size, and has the features we were looking for- except being lightweight.  I figured it was about ten years old- it’s actually 13!  I will probably keep my eyes open for something a bit newer but like that she can start with the brakes and have something better for her long legs.

I’d prefer to keep our cost down around $150 for this kids bike, and welcome your suggestions!


Circus Kidical Mass Ride!


Oh, that was fun. The Greatest Ride on Earth, if you will.  :)  It’s been one year since we started our Kidical Mass ride, and this was the most fun by far.  I was contacted by a PR person for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, so we had real clowns, passes to the circus, and other giveaways.  So cool :)


Dot leads the kids in a pre-ride warmup. Kudos to the mom who planned the party- the cape party favors were amazing.


JimLa, one of the clowns- they passed out clown noses for everybody and had balloons as well.


Lining up!  Someone looks a bit aggressive- guess he's ready to go!

Lining up! Someone looks a bit aggressive- guess he’s ready to go!

Notice the birthday chalk- there was a little chaos because there was also a birthday party scheduled in the park… I just hoped no one would crash it.   I’m not sure they knew what they were in for.  But, hey- free clowns.


My niece, riding in our old Yepp Maxi.  Still getting to hear a lot of “whee’s” from the back of her Boda Boda :)



One of the best things about looking at cargo bikes is seeing what people invent to make them more functional or interesting. I’m in love with this family’s Extracycle deck.

I was glad to meet a Facebook friend in person for the first time, and to check out their unique setup for their Extracycle- decoupaged board and handlebar attachments fixed to the frame make a nice ride for their two bigger kids, little guy up front.  Great thinking!  I like this idea more than our rumble strap.


We stopped for a rest in Grant Park while some riders switched out Divvy bikes nearby.  That statue looks innocent, but the kids managed to get into mischief climbing too high.  I used to break near “Agora” but they’d run among the legs- then we did the fountain, and they almost got wet.  Still trying to perfect it!  But it looks great, doesn’t it?

wpid-20140920_113109.jpgkmass93Couldn’t resist taking one selfie when we were massing up at a light on Wabash- you can’t really see, but we pretty much take up the whole block.  That’s the statue behind us.  Does anyone know who it is?  I don’t…

Back at the playground, the birthday party is still going on, but our circus friends are gone and the kids run off to the sandbox, field, and slides.  Moms and dads get to visit a bit, and the weather is lovely- 70 some degrees, a welcome break after cold weather we’ve had for the past week.

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I finally threw some money at a banner.  Under $20, and now I don’t have to stay up on every third Friday night when I frantically realize I should make a sign.  Ahh.  I think they turned out pretty great!


Looks like no one told the kids helmets are not required for brunch.  Matching Berns, at that.


A new family tradition- brunch after the ride! (Camera is covered in greasy fingerprints)


My “Less Car, More Go” shirt from Liz Canning. Click the photo to go to her page- so excited to see the cargo bike documentary!

I found an AWESOME deal on the boy helmet online (like $25!) and had to get it even though little buddy just got a Giro about a month ago. Our daughter’s Bontrager broke- the adjuster snapped inside, and On the Route was great about helping us with the warranty and getting her into a new helmet right away. I have to say, I’m really happy with the fit on these, they don’t need adjusting to cover the front of their skulls.  If only the Winter kit didn’t cost as much as the helmet!wpid-20140920_142904.jpg Ah, it’s raining.  It’s pouring.  But we had a great morning, a nice lunch, and got to hang out with friends, new and old. So even if I’m damp and tired, I’d call that a successful Saturday.

Don’t Just Drag Your Kids- Drag Their Bikes, Too!

Seriously, I thought I’d be CUT by now…


Kids get tired? Drag their bikes!

After hours and hours and hours of running around and riding bikes, the kids got TIRED. As in, their ears don’t work and they are near tears for no reason. So even though I’ve been letting them ride independently on some of the quieter streets, they needed to hitch a ride again the other day. The bikes really do not impact the weight or rideablility of the Mundo. It’s a really, really cool trick.