Granddaughter Bonnie was born on Feb. 27. 3 or 4 months later I started clamoring to take her on bike rides, in my baby-seat-equipped BOB trailer. (Mackie was about that age when I strapped a bucket on her noggin and started taking her for rides… although she'd almost always fall asleep. There's something soothing about it.) As Bonnie got older, it got a bit contentious at times. While I respect her parents and their responsibility to make safety decisions about their daughter, I don't know if they recognized my experience as a SAFE and deliberate cyclist, who would accept full responsibility for their daughter and avoid putting her in harm's way. (I believe a quick trip around the sidewalk at the park is considerably safer, statistically, than strapping your child in a car seat and going driving! But whatever…)
Well… the dry spell appears to be almost over!
For Christmas, they gave me a baby bicycle seat. (Or "Brat Bucket," as they are called by at least SOME bike-shop employees… when out of earshot of the customers. Haha) This isn't the kind that clamps on behind the rider - it's the kind that mounts in front of the rider and behind the handlebars. Actually quite a clever design - and the seat itself can be installed or removed in about ten seconds, by undoing one thumb-screw.
I started assembling it Friday evening, and installed it on my secondary "beater" bike on Saturday morning. And Bonnie's mom told me after she got up from her nap, I could take her for a ride! Woo-hoo!
It was a bit cold - mid 30s - but Bonnie was bundled up nicely. And it was mostly a "shake out" ride - to test the gear, see what her reaction would be, etc.
It was quite the positive experience! Bonnie was returned unscathed to her mommy! I wasn't able to see her face - based on the helmet position, I think she spent a lot of time looking down at the ground rushing underneath, or at Cousin Mackie who was riding her bike immediately in front of us. All the sounds I heard from Bonnie were HAPPY sounds! I'm very positive for the upcoming warm months. I envision going riding with both of my princesses on the Greenbelt, around the neighborhood, etc.