I have been known to be slightly stubborn.
My mother and husband are collapsing with laughter over the understatement.
So when I decided I wanted the ability to bike as a family, there was pretty much no stopping me.
A few hurdles had to be overcome.
Lil Diva at age two, lacks the leg length required to reach the pedals. I spent a few weeks researching bike trailers and seats, deciding to go the trailer route.
Then there was my problem: I didn’t own a bike and hadn’t for fifteen years – I’d been commandeering my husband’s bike since Christmas -making riding at the same time impossible.
I talked to a bike expert and learned what questions to ask.
I turned to the place responsible for furnishing half of my possessions, including our two vehicles: Craigslist.
After weeks of searching, I found the perfect bike trailer for Lil Diva.
A bike for me failed to appear. They were too big, too small, or souped up so much they were more expensive than buying new.
Normally I would be patient and wait, biding my time until the perfect one appeared.
Except I live in Texas.
Texas presents a small dilemma: April is equivalent to a northern June. And by June? It’s 98 to 105 degree heat for the next four months.
I wanted to be able to actually ride my bike after 10 AM.
Then last Saturday, I watched as my children “helped” CG hook up the bike trailer.
Once completed, they loaded up and were off: the three of them riding together.
I bought my bike early that afternoon.
When Lil Diva woke up from her nap, we went to the park as a family and rode together.
Sure, she only lasted about six minutes before she wanted to run – we still had the brief perfect moment together.
I watched my son wipe out four times because kamikaze riding + gravel = OUCH.
He’s learning his way: trial and error.
I also taught him how to off-road and use the hills, which he loved.
I surprisingly enjoyed it too, now that I have a bike that fits me (CG’s frame is too big). I no longer feel like I’m going to tip over every time I turn.
And with the weather forecast for this week?
I am so glad I didn’t wait the perfect one to show up on Craigslist.
Justified impatient stubbornness at its best.