30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-three

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

First up: school run. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Fresh off our camping trip (which was freezing and we’re not going camping again any time soon) I was inspired to check out one of the local spots: Dodge Park. Kidical Mass PDX has camped here in the past and will camp here again this July and I got route advice from a local dad. I liked the route and it was much better than the route to the one other campground I checked out (Barton Park). I took my single speed and figured it’d be a good test for riding the cargo bike with all the gear and to see how the kids would like the route (their bikes have gears, but still). Bike: All-City Nature Boy Disc.

And finally: school run. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 48.65
Total April miles: 457.28

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30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-two

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

Home from camping I figured I’d end up doing another silly little spin. But I ended up doing a proper bike ride to keep the birthday weekend going with to-go sushi. I went to the fancy place in our neighborhood where we’ve only been once before, back on my birthday. That day I was on my Big Dummy so I locked all the bikes to it out front and didn’t even notice there’s no bike rack on that block. I didn’t want to park a block away so I shoved my bike in the bushes and locked up to the fence.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 1.97
Total April miles: 408.63

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty-one

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

This was my first (only?) bike ride just for the sake of it during this round of 30 Days of Biking. Friends from Seattle drove down to come camping in Fossil, Oregon with us so I took a quick spin on my eight-year old’s little bike before we hit the road.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 0.12
Total April miles: 406.66

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Twenty

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

Started the morning with school run, groceries, and other groceries. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

On Fridays I fetch my younger kid right at the end of the school day. He had sore legs from Run for the Arts so I carried him home. I left his bike at school to grab later when I went back for his brother. He’s the only one in the family not to have seen the yard with the little horses so we stopped by on the way home. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

After chess club I went back to fetch the other kid. We have a big birthday weekend planned for him so to prepare we went by the hardware store to get some fossil-digging supplies. They had Venus flytraps so he got Veenie the Third. Veenie the Second traveled home in my handlebar coffee mug holder, but I held this Veenie on the way home (10 miles versus 1 mile). Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 8.62
Total April miles: 406.54

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Nineteen

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

I dragged a zippy bike to school this morning. In Seattle I didn’t like riding my Big Dummy around unless I needed it for carrying something and always opted to take a lighter bike if I didn’t have the kids along, but the terrain is more forgiving here so I usually take the Big Dummy everywhere. Except today I wanted to maximize my time working with Kath so I left the Big Dummy at school for the day. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Kath and I wanted to take advantage of the great weather so we met at Posie’s Bakery & Cafe in Kenton. It’s really cute up there! And we were right by the Paul Bunyan statue. The bright sun meant we couldn’t take photos of his front so we’ll have to go back on a cloudy day. Bike: All-City Nature Boy Disc.

I had just enough time to swing home to grab Pixie before the kids were done with school and figured I’d swap the single speed for my folding bike so it’d be even easier to bring two bikes home. Folding bikes nestle into longtail bags so perfectly! However, an impromptu playdate meant we walked home. It seemed like too much trouble to walk all the bikes home so I left everything locked to the rack and just walked the Brompton home. And later on I took the Brompton back to school. Bike: Brompton.

I often load my bike the way I think it will look the cutest, but I was going for easiest here, honest! The Brommie (32ish pounds) weighs more than either kid bike so I considered putting it on the side with the U-tube on the bottom and laying an Islabikes on top of my deck, but this just fit better. I used an Xtracycle Utility Belt to extend my middle straps over the top, a GearTie to hold the little red bike’s headtube firmly to the back of the Hooptie, and a Yuba Cargo Strap around the sides of the Brompton to secure it to the Hooptie’s front and back and the little blue bike’s headtube to the back of the Hooptie. Drove like a charm! Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 25.96
Total April miles: 397.92

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Eighteen

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

Thanks to a two-hour late start at school today I got to bring the neighbor kids to school, too!

Then I bag-and-dragged their bikes back home afterwards. I hope we can ride to school together more, it was so fun! Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Then I dropped Pixie at home and paid a visit to the grocery store. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Then I swapped groceries for Pixie and we met Joyanna to test ride a Kidical Mass route for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. We found a winner! Bike: Surly Straggler.

And back to the Big Dummy for school pickup during which the kids (mostly the 8-year old) biked way ahead of me from halfway home onward. I really need to work on increasing this independence, I love it!

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 24.57
Total April miles: 371.96

30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Seventeen

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

The weather wasn’t horrible today, but I just couldn’t muster the energy to leave the house other than bringing the kids to school and then picking them up six hours later. I had grand plans of getting groceries, but it was cold and I stayed in. Once the kids were home the sun came out and we did a bunch of gardening, but no more biking.

My 11-year old didn’t ride his bike today and at the end of the day my 8-year old didn’t want to ride either. Bag-and-dragging a 20-inch bike blocked the a lot of leg room so they both sat side saddle. I moved my Hooptie rail to the other side of the bike so they had both a foot rail and hand rail on the side they were facing. The bike pulled to the right a bit, but uneven loads only take a bit of pedaling to get used to. And yes, I do have a tow hitch, but it’s not on the bike right now because we tend to bash our shins into it.

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 3.77
Total April miles: 347.39