Monday, October 29, 2012

East Coast Families

Hope everyone is safe during this crazy storm. Clearly we aren't on our bike today and we may be using our new Yepp Maxi still in the box as a slide for the little guy during this forced indoors day. Hopefully I will have the new seat on the Halsted by midweek and I will let you know my thoughts.

Keep Safe!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winter Riding Prep

We have already had some blustery days here in Philly. This time last year it was actually snowing (one of our only storms of the season which was odd). I have been slowly gathering winter gear for me and the little guy.

The biggest thing about biking in winter is layering! My most likely body part to get cold are my hands. I highly recommend wool glove/mitten things. I find them so warm in the wind but easy to move in. The other is my face a warm scarf is good for keeping your face warm. Otherwise basic layers like long johns are great for winter, I also like a fleece under coat layer and a wind/weather proof over coat layer.

For little guy moving him to the backseat should help cut down on direct wind. But no doubt the little ones can get cold. I'm intending to use my stroller snuggle me on his bike seat as the outer most layer of warmth. I've seen family ride use a snuggy for her little guy. Next up I purchased some snow pants that are fleece lined at REI on clearance for 12 bucks! These slip Over pants too so if our destination os warm he will not over heat. For lighter needs we have our rain pants. For upper body his shell we have Polarn O Pyret is a great coat lasting use two years! And like mama he has a fleece jacket inner layer. Little guy also has an array of fleece hats for under his helmet. Fleece hats are great for warmth but not bulk. Finally he can keep his hands inside the snuggle me but they'll also be in wool mittens!

So that's are winter clothing stock for now. I'll keep you guys updated when November hits!

PS I got my tracking number for my Yepp Maxi. Cannot get here soon enough.

PPS Here we are biking last February we originally had the Yepp windscreen which is great for wind protection in the mini. But it isn't useable with the adaptor for the Halsted so we returned it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Back to Posting!

The past three weeks or so I just haven't been biking. Well biking with the little guy. See I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and my growing stomach just didn't like the discomfort of a front mounted seat. And to be honest weight wise M was technically out growing it. We have been relying on walking and public transportation, which like any method has its drawbacks. Aka me waiting for late buses. Dislike.

After stalking eBay for the past two months (I knew the front seats days were numbered) I have finally nabbed a Yepp backseat for a great price!! Cue excitement that M and I will not solely be relying on the buses. Also cue me being sad he won't be between my arms anymore when we bike.

I'll be back on Wednesday with our cold weather plan for the little guy. Until the bike seat gets here M will cruise around on his balance trike.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kidical Mass Philadelphia

Last weekend a friend and I planned, I think the first Kidical Mass ride in Philadelphia. Kidical Mass is a play on Critical Mass, a ride that is often known for crazy bicyclists that are not too family friendly. However both are to draw attention to bikers on city streets. Kidical Mass is a fun, legal and safe ride looking to remind our neighbors that kids are traffic too.

We had a great turnout of thirty or so people. Including kids in bike seats, kids in trailers, on cargo bikes and big kids on bikes also parents riding too. It was a great 3.5 mile route and at the pace with the kids we did it in about a hour.

Everyone had a great time or so it seemed. I got a great email from a fellow parent biker ( and owner of a lovely big dummy) yesterday letting me know that one of the big kids who had never ridden off his own block gained so much confidence riding with the group he rode back home from Rittenhouse to West Philly. I know adults scared to bike in the city. That little guy is awesome!

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