Friday, November 14, 2014

My First Flat Tire

Last weekend on the way to the Philly Bike Expo I got my very first flat tire on the Urban Arrow. This is also commemorates my second flat tire ever and the only Kidical Mass Philly ride I have ever missed. 

How did I get it?
I was riding on the Kelly Drive MUP and used the small gravel section trying to get through a bunch of congestion. I hit a very sharp object that instantly caused the flat. 

Did you have the kids?
Yes, they were both asleep the whole time, during the flat and while it got fixed. They never left the bike.

Did you change the whole tube?
Oh hell know. Have you seen the bike tire of an Urban Arrow? My husband patched it for me. 

How did you do it?
The kickstand on a cargo bike holds one tire up. Usually it is the lighter front tire. We just applied more weight to the front tire by placing my husband's bike on it to pop the rear tire. 

How long did it take?
Like 15 minutes tops. But I fully admit my husband did it and he's quick at these types of things. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Kidical Mass Ride and WOOM Kid's Bikes

I can't believe that Kidical Mass Philly's Holiday Family Light ride is already on my calendar. It is almost depressing how quickly the holiday's sneak up on us now a days. But please mark your calendars for Dec. 20th to spin around the most sparkling lights hung across rowhomes in America.


Speaking of holidays we at the BMD house are thinking we are going to buy our two younglings some bikes for Christmas. Our oldest has snubbed the Strider bike we bought him for his second birthday for the past two years. I was pretty sure we were going to have to go with training wheels as at almost four he grew too big for it and I sold it. But I saw him try out an REI balance bike that was heavier but built clearly more sturdy and  realized he could balance and coast on a bike. I turned my eyes over to  WOOM bikes who I have been chatting with on and off since I saw their launch here in the US.

 Let me say these folks are excited about bringing another quality bike to the US for kids. They have been answering all my inane questions including going as far to use a tape measure and take pictures of the hand brake's distance for me and have been so helpful with sizing, they suggested I go with a 14 inch bike for our son's height  and letting me know it comes without pedals so I can let him use it as a balance bike first. These bikes are made with actual bike parts so bike nerd families like mine can feel comfortable spending the money to insure we are getting a quality product from a small business in return. 

Don't worry Miss J is more balance bike sized and WOOM makes those too.

My husband was swayed by the 30 day back money guarantee. 

P.S. I am getting a new Urban Arrow since my daum  motor issues were beyond repair from aboard. It will be here this month and I can post more after I get it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What can an Urban Arrow Carry? and Article Roundup

It can carry two cases of bananas, a case of water, 26 boxes of granola bars and fifty pounds of paper bags. That's what an Urban Arrow can carry.

(Update soon on my UA problems)

Read up on some of my blog posts over at Newsworks:

Bike to School
Renting Family Bikes in Philly
Philly Family Bike Commuting 
Abcs of Family Biking

Read up on stuff written about KMPHL:
Philly Expo Related:
CX Magazine
Grid Magazine

Bike Culture Related: Biking and bonding
Philly Declaration: Parents and Kids Take to 22nd Street...
Huff Po: The Small Item That's Changing Rides for Cyclists Everywhere