Posted by Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) on December 27th, 2018 at 4:37 pm
I don’t observe Christmas myself, but I’m happy to celebrate it with other people. One of my favorite parts of this season seeing kids and adults on new (or new-to-them) bikes.
Our first few years in the Pacific Northwest were spent in a Seattle neighborhood called Green Lake. The neighborhood’s most prominent feature is a lake surrounded by a three-mile multi-use path. I loved walking or biking to the lake on Christmas Day to watch all the kids trying out their new bikes. Seeing kids on their first bike — and remembering what it felt like myself — never gets old.
Nowadays our bikes are more for transportation and not just for fun (though also for fun, of course!). And as such, in our family we tend to get new bike stuff as soon as we need it (without waiting for the holidays). This means I don’t personally have any new bikes to share photos of. But I’d love to hear your stories of exciting new holiday bikes and bike accessories.
Have you seen any kids testing out new wheels over this holiday week? Did you gift your little one(s) the magic of a new bike? I hope to see many new pedalers in the coming weeks.
Happy holidays everyone!
UPDATE: Reader Tad Reeves just shared this great video and story via Twitter:
Our new bike story was early this year, as we got my daughter her first full-size bike – a 26.5 Trek Marlin, and took her to Whistler Mountain Bike Park to shred. The video footage speaks for itself. I don't think she's ever been as exhilarated. https://t.co/haxKCiSTsW
— Tad Reeves (@ScientologyDad) December 28, 2018
Remember, we’re always looking for people to profile. Get in touch if it sounds like fun to you. I’d especially like to feature families of color so please get in touch or ask friends of color who bike with their kids if they’re interested in sharing their stories. And as always, feel free ask questions in the comments below or email me your story ideas and insights at madidotcom [at] gmail [dot] com.
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