Introducing…

Meet Eleanor…she’s my “newish” bike.

Eleanor

At first, I didn’t like Eleanor. She wasn’t my ideal bike.

As a kid, I rode a mountain bike. An Allegro Ground Control. We were inseperable. Traversing the North Shore trails, blazing through massive mud puddles down by the train tracks and riding over Lions Gate Bridge to Second Beach Pool. This was all pre-helmet laws and before the safety barrier was installed between the roadway and the sidewalks.

Then it was stolen one night from the house that I was babysitting at.

I was devastated! Mum got me a replacement under our home insurance. A Diamondback Topango, but it wasn’t the same. The new bike and I never bonded so my sister inherited it.

Ten years ago, hubby bought me Eleanor as a gift. We live in a condo with no bike storage available, so she was sadly tucked away into our off-site storage locker.

Isn't she a beauty!

She’s, what I call, a “lollygag” bike. A lollygag bike is a bike that you take on leisurely rides, not a bike to take on the trails in the local hills, like I used to do. It’s got a “big bum” seat, goofy handlebars and a droopy “crotch bar”. All technical terms, clearly.

Hubby reminded me that we now have kids and “lollygagging” is what we do. Enjoy the moment, take in the scenery and don’t be in a rush. Plus, we also have a bike trailer (that has also been in storage for four years) that we can use for lazy tired kids, park toys or even picnic gear.

Today, the wee lad and I took Eleanor and the trailer for their inaugural ride.

The inaugural ride.

 

The set-up took a bit longer than necessary as I needed assemble my front tire, attach the trailer, adjust my seat height and inflate the tires to proper firmness. Once all systems were a go…away we went!

Wobbly at first (I hadn’t ridden an actual bicycle in over 30 years, only stationary exercise bikes), but I composed myself and the swerving along the path stopped. Little dude thought that this was hilarious, but cheered me on with, “You’re doing great Mum!”

Our ride lasted about an hour and we had a blast! I can’t wait to get out again…with or without the kids.

 

My first bike! #MammaCangura {Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

Kids and bikes go hand in hand.

Kids on bikes

When I was a kid, I rode my bike EVERYWHERE! And this was before the helmet laws were in affect. I even rode my bike to places that I should have never gone, like from my home in North Vancouver, over Lions Gate Bridge and down to Second Beach in Vancouver. Not a huge deal to me because I LOVED my bike and I was an awesome bike rider. I was probably 12 years old.

Now as a parent, I want my kiddos to learn how to ride their bikes as well as I did and get just as much enjoyment out of it.

We had a tricycle for our daughter when she was smaller, but never really had the opportunity to pull it out as we live in a condo in a neighbourhood where there is a lot of traffic. The underground parking that we have also wasn’t the ideal location to practice and the parks nearby didn’t have the best conditions for learning to ride a bike.

Over the past few years, I’ve seen a significant increase in the number of balance or stride bikes that the little kids are zooming around on. There are metal ones, wood ones and even plastic ones. How do you decide which to choose?

MammaCangura

We chose the MammaCangura B-Bip Balance Bike.

Here are the features for this bike:

  • Reviewed by Prôtegez-Vous!
  • Non-toxic certified plastic frame, lightweight, sturdy and easily washable
  • Removable and washable soft padding on saddle and handlebar
  • Wide range of saddle height settings
  • Synthetic anti-puncture tires; full rim to avoid finger traps
  • Stickers set included. The child will enjoy placing them on the toy, without any health risks: our stickers enjoy the non-toxicity certification.
  • Flush bolts to avoid scratches and injuries
  • Steering lock to prevent sudden turns on uneven ground
  • Hand guards protection

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Our little guy is loving his B-Bip! At 22 months, he’s still using his tippy toes to sit on it, but everyday he’s getting taller and a bit more brave and as soon as we know it, he’ll be taking off and Mum and Dad will certainly get a great workout trying to keep up with him.

MammaCangura has provided a Raincity Parent with s B-Bip Balance Bike ($149 values) to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway runs from July 7th-13th, 2014 and us open to residents of Canada and the US only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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