Sunday, August 16, 2009
The Corral: Bakfiets, baby!
Oh Yeah. We got a bakfiets. It is an unnamed machine which we again found on craigslist. I probabaly need to block craigslist from my house. There isn't room for any other bikes. It isn't a fancy Bakfiets bakfiets but it is ours and we didn't have to spend our entire tiny savings on it. Yay. Supposedly it was a sample that someone ordered and was considering selling, or something to that effect. If anyone has a clue where this thing came from I'd be excited to know. Anyway we thought it would be a good way to try out a bakfiets and see how they fit our lifestyle. Turns out it is pretty awesome.
When we brought it home We both tested riding it with the daughter in the box. The Hubby was really good at it. I on the other hand had quite a bit more difficulty getting used to the way it handles. I had quite a time trying not to crash into the buildings and fences I rode past. Pretty much the whole ride was "woah, wooooah, aah, woah, AAAAH WALL!"
Today The Hubby took the bakfiets for a much, much, longer ride. And found it to be pretty nice though it is not light (neither is our daughter) and the 3 speeds are not perhaps the easiest for pedaling said not light bike up the hills near our house. We are going to try lowering the gearing since The Hubby only pedaled in 1st gear all day. We may have to add gears if that doesn't work. It would be nice if it had a canopy though.
Anyway I am so glad we found this. I was not happy about having Miss S behind me when I rode with her. Though I may still have to sometimes having an option is great.
Edited to add: That is not the way Miss S wore her safety belt while we were riding and she did wear a helmet following state law.