two on tuesdays: night cap family ride

Two on Tuesdays

Two On Tuesdays is a mini-series with the fabulous Miss Sarah of Girls and Bicycles and her adorable son Dexter. Miss Sarah will be checking in every Tuesday this summer with posts on cycling with Dexter and thoughts on retaining that mobile (cycling) lifestyle as a family. And we’re looking forward to hearing more tips and questions from you readers too! Take part in the conversation in the comments section or drop either one of us an email so we can share your own expertise and questions with everybody else in future posts.

Family Night Cap Ride

In some of the baby books I read before having Dexter, they (and other real-life parents I know) suggest taking baby for a car ride if it’s being fussy and nothing else can get them to calm down. I understand that locomotion and the hum of the car’s engine might be handy with getting a baby to settle down, but I think there are lots of ways of getting a baby to chill out that don’t involve driving around your neighbourhood in circles!

Dexter is one of those kids that wakes up when you try to extract him from the car seat so the whole car-chill out thing doesn’t work for us. Though I suppose when they’re very small they can still sleep in the bucket car seat for infants and you can just carry the whole thing. Even so, the opening and closing of doors is enough to stir my little D. Plus, I wanted to find soothing techniques that were sustainable. I can’t just go running to the car every time the baby gets out of hand – who can keep that up forever?

In any case, we much prefer the fresh air and sound of coasting to sooth our nerves. And we’re grown ups!

So we get home from a weekend of camping sans baby, and it’s still about an hour before bedtime. Don suggested we go for a bike nightcap, which was a very fine idea.

This time, biking with little D meant biking with the whole family.

Family Night Cap Ride

I am happy to have a family cargo bike that can be ridden by Don who is 6’4 and also me (5’0).

With the chariot we purchased 2 hitches so we each have one for our individual bikes. These are little details that can be annoying at first, but if you get everything organized, it makes going out with a kid and your bike MUCH more straightforward.

It’s the same with bikes even without kids. If you don’t have a rack with a strong enough bungee to hold things down, or a basket or pannier to put things in, riding is a pain. When you get your bike out to go somewhere, you should feel confident that you can get there and run all your errands without issue. Even unexpected things should be a snap!

Last Thursday Don rode his Batavus in a parade. Afterwards he rode over to MEC to by a 4 person tent. Then he rode with the tent (and his pannier with work stuff and laptop, etc) into the river valley and down to Fort Edmonton for a meeting. And then uphill with all this stuff back home. It was quite the haul, but with a bike all rigged up to go – stuff like that is possible.

Family Night Cap Ride

Back to our family ride.

We let Dougal off at the off leash area so he could stretch his legs.

Family Night Cap Ride

And I did the same with my pedal and coast.

Family Night Cap Ride

Biking with kids is great when you’re a mama out on the town with your little D. It’s even better when you have a partner who shares you passion for cycling, so that you can all go together. The more the merrier!

And that way you have a co-pilot who can ride the heavy bike:)

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3 Responses to two on tuesdays: night cap family ride

  1. Suzy Cooper says:

    Hi there

    I’m just writing to say I love your blog. It’s so heartening to read about normal people using bikes and their brains to enjoy life and connect with other people. I fear that the pace of ‘ordinary’ urban life is dictated by cars. Also, with inevitability of oil becoming more scarce and expensive, it’s a great example to set for people that a lower-energy bike-speed life is actually nicer than the life they might be living right now.

    There’s no need to publish this comment, I just wanted to express my thanks for such a positive blog.

    I wish you the best of luck with your birth and new baby.

    Warm regards from a stranger living on an island at the bottom of Australia,

    PS I also love your guest posts by Two On Tuesdays. Colourful and positive and such a joy to read.

  2. Dottie says:

    Lovely ride!

    I must say, kudos to Madsen for creating a bike that both Sarah and Don can ride, given their height difference. :)

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