30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Thirty

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Last day of #30daysofbiking! I noticed I was sort of close to 600 miles for the month, but wasn’t motivated to do anything epic to commemorate the day, with the weather being icky and a writing deadline looming. So after bringing the kids to school and spending an hour making copies and hanging Walk & Bike to School Month tally sheets outside each classroom door, I made for a coffee shop with my laptop. I stopped by Trader Joe’s on my way home and saw a bike share bike locked to the rack. Pricey trip considering starting tomorrow bikes are free all month. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

School pickup was the usual. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

And lo and behold, despite not planning on anything special, I was honored with a last-minute guest spot on The Sprocket Podcast so I got to make one last biggish trip which pushed me over 600 miles (not that it’s about mileage). Bike: Surly Straggler.

Which got me wondering what sort of mileage I pulled over the last two 30 Days of Bikings:
2017: 258.6 miles
2016: 437.3 miles

Go figure. I had the feeling I bike more nowadays, both because Portland is flatter than Seattle and because I’m eager to explore all over the place. I imagine that will mellow out once I’ve seen everything…but maybe not! I guess I’ll find out in a year. It’s fun recording mileage every April, but I don’t tend to do so regularly otherwise. Last year using the battery-draining Ride Report app for Bike Everywhere Month was just too much for me and made me stop recording stuff all together once May was over. But for now, I’m going to try to keep at it (with a Garmin device I move from bike to bike that uploads to my Strava account) until it gets to be too much. Yay bikes!

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 26.32
Total April miles: 601.92

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30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-nine

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Disappointed by and rested up from the slow start yesterday, I did better today and did a quick fact-finding errand run for my latest BikePortland column, Nine ways to make this your best spring ever (my first listicle!). Bike: Surly Straggler.

Then the kids and I went to lunch at the Cartlandia food truck pod (food truck pods are so great for dining with kids, dogs, and bikes!) and check out a park as a possible bike camping meeting spot afterwards. Great park with play structure and potties, but no drinking fountain so I think it won’t work, bummer. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

We had initially planned to go roller skating in the late afternoon, but the kids were worn out so I just did a quick errand in the neighborhood. Bike: All-City Nature Boy Disc.

I think this might be the only time I used three different bikes in one day, neat.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 20.57
Total April miles: 575.6

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-eight

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Had we set out early in the day per my original plan we would have stayed dry. Unfortunately after a long week I was pretty worn out so we stayed in until 2pm and ended up getting caught in horrible rain. I saw that it hailed in some spots, but our rain was heavy and cold, but not quite hail. But there were also some spells of sunshine and my eight-year old and I biked in short sleeves for part of the day.

When we got home from our sushi lunch and our visit to the Bricks & Minifigs Lego store I told the kids how many miles we’d covered! Except only I covered that many miles. I carried the little one half of the way outbound and the big one most of the way inbound. At least I didn’t have to carry them both at the same time.

And the little one is back to riding no-hands again. I momentarily got him to agree to keeping hands on the bars in the rain, but that oath wore off. No falls, though!

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 13.35
Total April miles: 555.03

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-seven

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

April is winding down and May Walk + Bike Challenge Month is right around the corner! After bringing the kids to school I spoke about our exciting upcoming events at the Friday Morning Meeting. Then I hung a bunch of posters before heading north to meet with Sara for a Kidical Mass PDX meeting. And on the way home I hit a sporting goods store for cones and tennis balls (to cut in half) for our May bike rodeo. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Shortly thereafter I picked up my third grader from school. The drizzle had just stopped, but it was still cold so I have no idea how he was happy in short sleeves. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Then I fetched my fifth grader a couple hours later. We both bundled up appropriately. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

And one bonus round trip to school in the evening for the art show. It was still light when we headed home so it was easy to find the Northern Flicker we heard pecking on a utility pole. Then disaster struck as my eight-year old took his first spill since he took both hands off his handlebars a few months ago. He’s getting better and better each day and this evening turned a corner no-handed and looked back distractedly at his brother no-handed twice…well, once…the second time was when he went down. But he was pretty much fine and amazingly wanted to keep riding home. I think he kept his hands on his handlebars those last five blocks at least! I’m pretty sure he’ll have forgotten the whole thing by tomorrow. His favorite things are holding his hands out to the sides, linking them behind his back, and slow clapping. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 25.18
Total April miles: 541.68

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-six

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Last of the four sunny days in a row! There were 34 bikes at the racks today. And I saw three other cargo bikes on my side of the building at pickup. I wonder what tomorrow will be like when it’s 30 degrees colder.

The kids were so hot when they got out of the building they couldn’t even walk around the corner to the bike rack. I carried them around the corner and the little one was cool to ride along home from there, but I kept the big one and his bike on my bike.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 12.6
Total April miles: 516.5

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-five

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Pixie and I stopped to admire this new stop sign after dropping off the kids. It stops cross traffic on our school route and since it’s new, it’s adorned with attention-grabbing orange flags. I like how some stop signs are offset to get them out from behind visibility-blocking foliage. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Before I could get out to run errands I got a call from school that my 5th grader had fallen and hit his head so I pedaled over to pick him up. He’s totally fine, but he wanted to come home so we left his bike at school and he got to watch me do yard work and housework for the bulk of the day. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Later on I grabbed the other kid and the first kid’s bike. It was pretty hot out (84) so we took the most direct route possible (though that meant a couple blocks of sidewalk along two arterials) and rode fast…per the kid’s request.

My kid has been working on riding no handed lately and discovered it’s easier when going faster. (I think it’s hard no matter what.) Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 5.61
Total April miles: 503.9

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-four

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

After dropping the kids at school I continued on to NoPo (North Portland) to get some used Xtracycle FreeLoader bags from a dad with a Big Dummy. He ended up with the Surly bags and I get to replace my just-about-dead FreeLoaders with a much younger pair! But I’ll probably wait until my old bags completely disintegrate before making the change.

Since the pink unicorn bike rack in front of Norther Cycles was on our way back, I brought Pixie and my pink bike by to see it. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

A bit after the school run (bike: Surly Big Dummy) I headed down to Sellwood to distribute Kidical Mass PDX CycloFemme flyers. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 41.01
Total April miles: 498.29