Adventures in Bike riding

Having kids makes you discover the kid in yourself again.  Something I have realized this summer is, I love to ride bikes.  I really do.  I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was around 8 years old, which was late for my neighborhood.  I remember trying to learn to ride without  training wheels and every kid on our street was trying to help me.  I remember that day vividly, my parents helping me, my sister riding her bike (actually one of my parents’ brown 3 speed bikes, because I was using her bike) and my neighbor Corey who was 4 years old but already competing in dirt bike competitions cheering me on.   It was a scary, fun and rewarding day.

In college I bought a mountain bike and would ride to the hill trails near the Bay lor campus.  My dormmate Yvette and I would ride 1-2 days a week, until I skidded off a trail and nearly off a cliffside.  With good reason, I stopped riding for awhile and never really rode off-road again.  Of course, I would ride my bike to classes but that was it.

When I moved to Los Angeles, I brought my bike but only occasionally rode it, then it rusted out from being locked outside my apartment.  My next bike was then stolen from my apartment, then another bike was stolen and then I won a bike and it was defective.  So for the past 5 years I haven’t really been bike riding.

A few months ago I almost convinced AJ that we needed to buy bikes and two trailers, one trailer for Maggie and one for our stuff, just in case the big earthquake hit and we needed to leave LA without a car.  I wanted to be able to at least push the bikes and use them as a dolly system until we were able to find roads again.  AJ nixed this.  I was really bummed, but understood because we never ride bikes anymore.  So buying two bikes and two trailers just for an apocalyptic scenario, did seem a little silly.

Things have changed.  We went to the Jersey Shore in July for a week with AJ’s family.  AJ and I ended up riding a tandem bike that was at the rental house, we had the best time, we ended up riding that bike around the island for a couple of days.  Then AJ rode around with Maggie on the back of another bike.  She had a great time.  We both remembered how much we love bike riding.

Then this past week we went to San Diego for the week with my family.  My sister’s family is very active and wanted to rent bikes one day…AJ and I were excited.  My brother n law Sean rented two bikes that sat four people.  It was awesome!  We had the best time.  We raced each other, we almost wrecked, we scared people walking, and we laughed the entire time.

New York City is up next and I’m definitely going to rent a bike in Central park.

I guess the moral of the story is, find the kid inside and have some fun.  Go rent a bike.  I know that I’m going to rent a bike wherever we go and take Maggie on a fun and healthy adventure.

Are there great places to bike ride in your city?  If so, let me know.  I’d love to hear of them, maybe I’ll try them out too.


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