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bike riding

For the first time in a bit of time, I put air in the tires of my own bike! It happened Saturday. My family was gone off to a picnic elsewhere in Kansas and I was alone. I went to the makerspace to build in the woodshop and it was wonderful. Then my phone popped up with an event, a friend of mine from flight test was having a housewarming party barely a half mile from my house.

So I pumped the tires up, took the bike around the block to make sure I remembered how to ride, then headed out.

His old house was neat to explore and there were lots of people. We sat out back eating fruit and drinking lots of wine. I'll admit, I drank more wine than I would have if I'd be driving home. Driving, I basically don't drink, maybe sip half a glass if my stomach can be full and there's hours of drinking water too. I'm not saying it's totally safe to drink and bike... curious what the personal rules are on that one I guess.

Then I got to bike home while the sun went down on a perfect evening after friends and conversation and I wanted to duplicate my whole life, just for the moment.

In the morning I woke up again and took Josie on a bike ride. I'd been walking alongside her when she had training wheels, but now without the training wheels she was fast, so what if we went together? She is getting slightly better at using her brakes, that was an important thing we practiced more and more, stopping when cars went by and at intersections and sometimes just randomly to practice. We found a paved bike path and took it until we were a good 2 miles from the house, then we turned around and came back. She was tired and grumpy by the end but it was good for her.

We bought her a new helmet. I noticed today - helmets come for "ages 3-5" and "ages 5 and up" so it was time! The 4-year-old helmet was supposed to be retired! Her new helmet is a bright florescent unicorn face that's easy to spot from 5000 feet away and she loves it.

All kinds of adventures ahead for us!

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okoshun
May. 31st, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
The new helmet is AWESOME! And pretty handy for child-spotting purposes too. :)

Edited at 2016-05-31 03:30 pm (UTC)
naath
May. 31st, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
Personally I'll ride the bike drunk so long as I *can* ride the bike... I no longer drink as much as I once did though, so that's more likely a pint or two (turns out I really hate hangovers and sleep deprivation). I do go slower though, and try to take quieter roads, it probably helps that in the small hours of the morning the roads are very quiet. (it probably also helps that my bike is my main transport, I wouldn't recommend getting on the bike for the first time in years after a glass or two of wine)
calzephyr77
May. 31st, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)

I have seen different versions of the unicorn or pony helmet - wish thry came in adult sizes :)

katherineh
May. 31st, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
I am a regular cyclist and generally use the drink-drive limits for how much I'll drink and cycle. If I'm actually driving I don't drink at all. I feel like I'm only responsible for myself on a bike so I'll take more of a risk. Before I had children I had a higher limit for cycling but still often preferred to walk the bike home if I felt drunk.
astrogeek01
May. 31st, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
haha that is exactly the helmet my kid has! excellent choice :)

I would not drink and bike around here except maybe on a dedicated path. but this city is probably busier.
tweekers
Jun. 1st, 2016 06:29 am (UTC)
I routinely cycle to the pub (about five miles each way). Luckily it is minor country lanes or cycle paths most of the way; I don't like cycling on busy roads with or without beer!
charmedroses
Jun. 1st, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
I love and am slightly jealous of your bike ride. My brother ditched a couple bikes (for adults) when he moved out of my moms and I got to claim them. My goal is to bike more this summer. I want to get a baby seat or one of those kid trailer things. My 9 year old loves to bike and we live right by a trail so it'd be perfect. Your kids helmet is also amazing. I don't know why, but reading about people doing random everyday things like that always gives me a sense of awe. Like "Wow, they're living their life! So cool! I want that kind of life!" Just goes to show how much more complicated some people (myself included) make their life.
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