|First Bike Ride. Copyright Andrea Paterson. Amaranth Road Studio. 2013.|
I bought a Chariot Caddie from Craigslist about a week ago, hoping that I would be able to get back on my bicycle for the first time in two years. In the summer of 2011 I was pregnant and far too sick to even think about getting on a bike. In the summer of 2012 I had a new baby who was too small to put in a bike seat or trailer. This year I had no excuses and I wanted to start cycling season as early as possible. The trailer is technically a birthday present for my little guy, but he won't know that he got it early!
I had to stretch my engineering brain to its max getting the hitch for the Chariot attached to my bicycle. The instructions were horrendous and after an hour of frustration I was convinced the hitch wasn't compatible with my bicycle. I was deeply confused since I have a pretty standard hybrid bike and could see no reason for it to have unusual construction. I was up half the night annoyed that I had wasted my time and money and would have to turn around and sell my great Craigslist find. In my midnight delirium I had an epiphany about how to install the hitch and I managed to get it on the next day.
I then waited a week for a non-rainy, not too cold day when I could take my child out without making him uncomfortable. I wanted him to enjoy the experience so that he'll look forward to future outings. Our window of opportunity came today with a mild, overcast, but not rainy afternoon. We took an easy 40 minute ride and I thanked my lucky stars that Richmond is flat. The extra effort required to pull the trailer might have killed me on the hilly Vancouver roads. I checked out some safe bike routes that run through quiet residential streets towards Terra Nova. The trailer rolls smoothly and I was really pleased with the whole trip. Cycling is a go this year! And doesn't H. look adorable (read: ridiculous!) in his new helmet?