Life and summer and perfect weather and kids going to bed late and too much work for Tim have gotten in the way of bike blogging these past few weeks. We figure it’s summer and the kids are out of school and we’re free and easy to go where we want, when we want and we’d much rather be outside riding than sitting in front of the computer prattling on about riding. A long winded explanation excuse for why we’ve been lame bloggers these past few weeks.
We have a lot of experiences stacked up to share with you–they will most likely trickle in this fall when the weather turns and we’re hunkered down inside. There you go, all the excuses we could muster for now.
Anyway, it’s been a whole year since we got the Xtracycles built up and started riding them everywhere. It’s hard to believe we began this bikes–all–the–time adventure a year ago. Although this was not a year long experiment for us, we fully intend to keep going, it’s fun to reminisce about the past year and reflect on how much we have changed and learned.
When we’re out and about doing our thing on the Xtracycles, people often stop to chat about the bikes. (All you Xtracycle riders out there are no doubt familiar with that experience).
- What kind of bike is that?
- Is it a surfboard?
- Can kids ride back there. etc. etc.
Along with the normal run through of the bike and how it works, Anne usually also shares how much the Xtracycles have changed her life. We know, some people probably think of us as that crazy Xtracycle fanatic couple and a life changing bike sounds sort of new agey and trite. But it’s completely true.
Since we began riding the Xtracycles, we’ve completely changed the way we function as a family.
Just last summer, Anne drove the kids to swimming lessons every day–a mere 15 blocks away. Sometimes we drove to Zoka to get coffee, just 8 blocks away. Before the Xtracycles, we didn’t have an easy way to carry kids and stuff. The kids didn’t fit in the bike trailer anymore and pulling it with two large kids was pretty miserable for all. The kids wouldn’t walk very far so that wasn’t a good option for every day transport. They couldn’t ride their own bikes more than a block. And neither of us likes waiting for and riding on busses all that much.
So we drove.
Then we got the Xtrcycles and everything changed.
Over the course of this year, we have completely embraced bikes as a simple and efficient mode of transport. We now ride bikes to get where we need to go 95 % of the time. Rain, snow, wind, hot sun-we’re out there riding. To school, to the store, to soccer, to work, to swimming lessons, on dates, we ride. We’ve had a lot of fun, met some new people and enjoyed some laughs. We’ve taught our kids to ride and inspired a few people to join us.
We still have a car, but rarely drive it. We mostly drive it to get out of town or to go somewhere that’s farther than our normal 3-5 mile radius on bikes.
It’s been a great year. We’re looking forward to many more. We’ve enjoyed meeting new people both virtually and in person. We get excited when we see more people going about their business and taking care of daily transport needs on bikes. We have hope that more people will join us and discover the joy and ease of using a bike as transportation.
Thanks for all of your support and interest in our adventure!
– Anne and Tim