A while ago when Lexi was 1.5 years old, we decided that it was time to start biking as a family. Prior to that time, we weren’t so sure that Lexi would even sit in a bike seat, since getting her to sit in a stroller was pretty challenging as it is.
So after looking around for bike seats, I narrowed it down to one seat that I felt was absolutely perfect for Lexi, Yepp Mini. It was a front facing bike seat made of a softer material and had the potential of actually helping her enjoy the bike ride versus sitting in the back and not seeing much but our backs. It was sort of like using a carrier when she was little- she would absolutely refuse to be back carried or be rear-facing. It had to be front facing at all times. So pretty excited about the prospect of actually being able to go on bike rides with Lexi, we got the seat, installed it and took off for a first ride.
It was PERFECT! I cannot recommend the seat enough! Even though she hated any other mode of transportation, riding a bike was fun for her. She was facing the world and the wind and seeing the sights and it was fast and exciting. I really feel it was the seat that made a huge difference in how she perceives biking.
My bike is Townie by Electra Bike and I am pretty obsessed with it. Aside from colors that are my favorite colors ever, I adore the flat foot technology, which allows me to actually put my feet flat on the ground. I really hate having to ride hubby’s mountain bike because my feet barely get to touch the ground when standing.
So yeah, we now ride bikes. All the times. Sometimes twice a day. We ride bikes to a local school playground about 2-3 miles away, we ride around the golf course, we ride to nearby communities. I have to say I’ve never been crazy about biking but this is too much fun.
Now I am very excited about taking our bikes to local parks and riding there. It took me a while to find a rack that would fit three bikes (one for Lexi) on our SUV, but now that we have one (it’s by Thule which is an AMAZING brand of active gear, including joggers and bike trailers), I am super excited to start.
Anyways, so here are some photos from a random evening bike trip and a morning trip to the playground. Enjoy!
Items of interest in this post:
EVENING BIKING around the community
MORNING RIDE TO A PLAYGROUND
We get to enjoy the views of orange groves as we ride to the playground and during the blooming season, the smell is unbelievable. It reminds of riding Soarin’ at Epcot every time we pass by (Those who have been on that ride will know what I am talking about)
Here are a few pictures of Andrew riding the bike with the Yupp seat in the front. Lexi is about 18-20 months old I believe and was 35 inches at least. Andrew is 6’4″. Just to give an idea of how the seat fits.