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Bikes are Fun!

June 8, 2011

It’s been a crazy week or two at work and full of trying questions and tedious administrative work. But last week, after dinner, my littlest wanted to ride her scooter up and down our road. There’s a mild hill, so scooting up to the top of the street came with the reward of picking up speed on the way back down again. For a three year-old, this is fun—putting both feet on the scooter and flying homeward; for the accompanying parent of said three year-old, this is a slightly harrowing experience, especially when she tries to keep up with her big sister (nine years her senior). But rather than posting on grey hair-inducing antics and what makes parents older, instead of following her up and down the road on foot, I took to rolling my singlespeed up and down.

For the past 25+ years, bikes have been a mode of transportation—a means of getting from point A to point B, and often back again. Before that, though, “let’s go ride bikes” typically meant wheeling aimlessly about. Before the other evening, I don’t remember the last time I just ambled so absently on a bicycle. So relaxing. Just pleasant.

And this has been the boon of the Build. In addition to the evening rolling (which involved swooping from one side of the road to the other on the descent to stay behind a three year-old on a scooter), my littlest and I have made a couple of trips up to Sanctuary Park, which is a little out of walking range. As I negotiated a narrow gateway the other day—still a little wary about how heavy the back of the bike is—my littlest called out from behind me: “Daddy, how many fingers is this?” Bit of a bad time to ask, but lots of fun to stop and start counting digits. She’s a good little passenger and misses nothing from her perch on the back of the bike. Whether it’s butterflies or flowers growing alongside the rail trail or a distinctive car in traffic, she’s quick to point it out. She has a little voice, which is hard to hear clearly at times, but enjoys riding on the bike and doesn’t fight her helmet or the straps (even if she frequently insists on holding tight to a doll or other toy for the trip).

Also, with work not being as much fun this week, the ride in and out of work has been a bit of a highlight for the day. I went out to dinner on Sunday evening and rode across town to get there. The singlespeed remains an absolute blast to ride, and the bike—in its ugliness—is a bit of a head-turner and conversation-starter. Loving every minute of it!

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