- Necklace: Honolulu swap meet
- Tank: Target
- Belt: Forever 21
- Skirt: self-made
- Patent sandals: Old Navy
- Helmet: Nutcase
I’d like to introduce…my bike. Over the past year, my husband N. has become a 4-season bike commuter and increasingly committed to biking for all possible local errands. And, bless his heart, he spent six months tracking down the perfect bike for me and a trailer for baby e. to tag along in.
We finally found a winner in this Takara 6-speed, purchased used from a local non-profit bike organization. Turns out I’m a sucker for bikes with tall, elegant head-tube-stem-bars areas. It’s kind of the sterno-clavicular area of bikes, I suppose.
We’ve been a full-fledged biking family for a couple of months now that the weather has turned agreeable: N. on his gorgeous Raleigh pulling baby e. in his Burley trailer while I follow behind. We’ve biked to dinner, to church, to the grocery store, to a department party, and, as of today, to pick up our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box o’ goodies.
Let’s be frank. I’m far from an accomplished biker. I still have trouble finding my optimal gear, I’m not terribly fast, and I get exceedingly nervous when wending my way down curvy handicap ramps on campus. But biking has afforded me a new means of comingling my roles as wife, mother, and graduate student. Indeed, perhaps the thing I appreciate most about biking as a family is how it integrates so many aspects of our life together. To be able to get some exercise, spend time with N. and baby e., and check an errand off of my to-do list is a triple-win situation.
Plus, I love the sound of baby e. “singing” from his trailer as he vibrates down the road.