Sunday we decided to go for our first family bike ride. We went to Tar get and got Chiara a helmet, then came home to get the bikes ready. Rachel put the trailer hitch on my bike and she changed out my pedals. David et. al had given me clipless pedals for my birthday but I've never felt comfortable with them. I also wanted to be able to go to the park with the family without needing to take a change of shoes so Rachel put my pedals back on. Perhaps in the future I'll go back to the clipless (they really do make a big difference on a ride of significant length).
Then we were ready to go. We seat-belted both Asher and Chiara into the trailer and set out. Chiara alternately fussed and laughed as she got used to the ride and after about 4 blocks, I started to feel like my right pedal was loose. I slowed down and said to Rachel, "This pedal is loose" at which point it fell onto the pavement. So Rachel transferred Chiara into the seat on her bike and they went for a ride while I walked Asher home in the bike trailer (not hard but not that fun either). On the way Ash said that he wanted to ride with Rachel too and I said that he could also ride his bike if he wanted.
So after riding on the back of Rachel's bike, Asher tried riding his bike (thanks, Ezra) for the first time. He did very well at it with the hardest part being not lifting his foot off the pedal so that he would be ready to push it on the next rotation.
I love this one with Chiara chasing him. I had to pick her up because she was so intent on catching him. And here's another cute pic of her in her new helmet (no, we didn't buy one to match her dress - that's coincidence).
And here's a little video of Ash riding his bike. Sorry for the prominent position of my bottom but you can see where Rachel was standing to shoot the video.