But, I hear you say, what do 5 people need with 14 bikes? Well...it might get worse before it gets better, if that makes sense! We both want to get the new SchlitterBikes Encore...Serious bike lust here!
So we have been thinking of cleaning house, so to speak, and selling off some of the bikes. First to go would be the two kids mountain bikes, and the two adult mountain bikes. Next on the chopping block will be the pair of Giros, though those will not be sold probably until after we get the Encore bikes, because I will have only one bike at that point that I ride, so at least one Encore will have to be here to replace my bike before I sell the Giro or I will have nothing to ride. Last but not least on the chopping block is the trike. Because we were able to fix DH's balance issues, the trike has sort of just become the world's most expensive dog exercising machine. I like it, I still think there are trikes in our future, but at this point it probably needs to go. It would just about pay in full for a complete Encore.
This weekend marked the first family road ride for us. Previously the kids had been on mountain bikes, and DFW is notoriously free of mountains. Plus they are not designed for long distance riding, of the type we hope to do as a family. The geometry is all wrong. So over time, we acquired a set of smaller road bikes for the kids, something they could grow with for a couple years, perhaps until their final height is reached.
It's hard, as a parent, knowing you have to teach your kids how to ride with traffic, to behave like a car (though slower), to be predictable--wanting to keep them safe and protected, yet knowing you cannot protect them from everything. That you have to let them grow. We want to share our love of the outdoors, the open road... and we know too well the risks of distracted texting drivers, plus the simply rude and occasionally aggressive ones. And none of this even begins to touch on the other risks in today's world...with today's predators...
The kids did well yesterday. There was no complaining, and no crashes either. The children pushed themselves more than we expected. DH was pleased. That meant a lot. The two of us joked in private later, that we would soon have our work cut out for us, trying to keep up with the kids!