We’ve all seen them on the ski slopes: 3-year-olds shredding black diamonds with the parents chasing behind. But where are these little shredders when the snow melts and singletrack appears across the mountain? With the invention of balance bikes, bike parks, and lightweight pedal bikes there is no reason your child can’t start learning to shred singletrack. Start with these five tips and watch your little one rip. TIP 1: START THEM ON A BALANCE BIKE Learning to balance, lean, and get your feet down when you’re in trouble are important skills to learn early. And nothing does that better than a balance bike.
After three months in Kody (our Kodiak camping trailer/condo) we were really feeling like it was home. In addition that home was parked within walking distance to the beach, or along the premier road biking routes of Southern California, or near world class mountain biking. But on Saturday it was time to return to our other home in Ridgway, Colorado. As we moved out of 200 sq. feet and into 2000 sq. feet we felt overwhelmed with space and stuff. We all wanted to turn around and head back out. Even Lars looked at his crib like it was a prison and wanted nothing to
Two years ago I sat at the table in Tucson, Arizona updating this blog and getting it ready to highlight our 2013 adventure driving to and living in Mexico for the winter. Axel was sleeping in his crib and Kalden was playing with his new lightsabers. Tonight I sit at the table in Colorado updating the blog and getting it ready to highlight our 2015 adventure traveling again for the winter in Florida, California and more. Lars is sleeping in his crib and Kalden is once again playing with more new lightsabers. And so it seems 2015 will start similar to 2013. Adventures, traveling, bikes,
When nothing is sure, everything is possible. – Margaret Drabble We’ve been home for a month now. For those of you that follow us on Facebook or Instagram you saw we spent 6 weeks along the California coast. Surfing, sun, beach camping, lots of bike riding, exploring new places, and only one visit to the ER when Kalden’s surf fin met his thigh while being caught in a wave. While scary, it turned out fine after a few painful hours in the ER and 20 stitches. He now has a “hero” surfing story for the ladies. Let’s hope it’s his last one! There are many
As cyclists our minds go something like this before a ride, “Where are my shoes? Are my tires aired up? Do I have time for this? Is my Garmin charged? What will I cook for dinner? Do the kids need to be picked up? What was I looking for again?” We go from one activity (work) to another (cycling) and we never stop to check in with our mind and body. Without taming the mind we may find it hard to perform or even enjoy the ride. Riding is your time to be present, engaged, and human – while balancing the mind and body. Your
Since Axel died my bike has been more than a bike. It’s been a tool that is helping me heal, grow, honor each breath I am able to take, and each turn I am able to make. As they say in bike shops, you can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that is pretty close. I watched a documentary about an inspirational young man, Zach Sobiech, who just died of cancer. In the video his Dad describes the feeling of seeing him receive and drive his dream sports car. The Dad says it’s not about the car but the experience of seeing