On your bike!

Layne (15 months) and Mum on the bike

Five days after I had Layne, we went for our first walk in the pram, and continued it most days after that. But I was getting a bit bored with the walking thing.

I have always dabbled with cycling, but hadn’t been on the bike since the bump got too big. We live near a nice bike track that goes from the botanical gardens around the wetlands. The gardens have a free zoo, a tea room and a big playground, so it is a popular place for us to go.

I didn’t like the look of the child seats where the bub is behind. Not stable and a friend told me that her front wheel lifted off the ground when she was going up a hill. You also can’t see what is happening behind you.

Enter the Wee Ride! The seat goes on your cross bar, so your little one is inside of your centre of gravity. Even with Layne getting cloto the upper weight limit of 18 kgs and moving a bit, it is still very stable. The positioning of them inside your arms is nice. It’s like a big cuddle.

I had to make a few accommodations for safety, all of which lead to a biomechanically inefficient ride – but it’s great FUN! I lowered the seat about 10cm so that I can get both feet on the ground if I need to. I got rid of my clip in shoes. The positioning of the Wee Ride and these adjustments mean that my knees splay out to the side when I am pedalling and I put more pressure on my handlebars. I also bought a good quality bike helmet and sunglasses for Layne. A recent addition has been a horn, which Layne loves to honk.

I love that we can get out together like this. Layne absolutely loves being on the bike and I can get some exercise.


About Passive Gourmet

I'm Danya. Living proof that sarcasm and optimism aren't mutually exclusive. I tweet and blog at the intersection of food, family and fun.
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