So, I have been waiting and waiting to be able write this post: The weather is finally nice enough to break out the bike trailer! I’ve mentioned before how much I love commuting to work on a bicycle, and Jen has mentioned why we love being a one-car family, so my enthusiasm for the bike trailer should come as no surprise. This weekend, the weather in central PA was beautiful, and as if that weren’t enough, Jen took the one car on a trip to visit a friend in VA for the weekend, so if Pete and I wanted to go anywhere, we were going to have to either walk or go by bike. (We don’t have a second child’s helmet for John yet, so it was also convenient that it was just me and Pete this weekend).
So, after working in the garden on Saturday morning and eating an early lunch, Pete and I got suited up and performed the necessary safety checks: filled the bike and trailer tires, checked for corrosion in the trailer frame over the past year, and ensured all the straps and harnesses were likewise intact. It always takes me a little bit longer to assemble the trailer when I haven’t done it in a while, so Pete had to wait a little longer than he wanted, but he was excited to hop in and get his helmet on when the time came. Naturally, when we headed out, our destinations were all free sources of fun: first, the giant playground, then on to the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River where we shared a snack of cookie bars (home-made, of course) and clementines (bought on sale, of course), and finally over to a smaller playground near our home. It was a full, exciting day and it didn’t cost anything but time and snack supplies.
But wait–what about the cost of the bike trailer and the bike? To be fair, the bike did cost a few hundred dollars, but it’s also basically my primary vehicle, and thus at least an order of magnitude cheaper than most other Americans’ primary vehicle. The bike trailer also was not free; it cost 30 bucks. I bought it a few years ago from a coworker who was selling it for her neighbor, and I’m pretty sure I haggled it down by 5 or 10 bucks. Brand new, such trailers can cost at least $100-200 (much more for high-end models), and this one was in great shape (though a bit dusty from being in someone’s basement for a few years). I have also used it (though not as often as I’d like) to carry things in addition to a child, like groceries from the store. If I did this more often, I would make the bike and trailer investment stretch even farther, and save even more on gas and insurance.
Hopefully we’ll get that second helmet asap, and I can look forward to cruising around with the boys all summer long!