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It's A Buggy

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There are many reasons why I ride a bicycle but the main one boils down to being active in the world we’re in. Technology has created a world of sitters, txtr’s, tweeters and gamers and TV watchers and to offset the amount of time we’re in-front of a screen I try to get outside. I happen to be one of those people. I’m a graphic designer with an iphone so you know I’m sitting or standing in front of some screen every day, all day.

I went on my first “real” ride today in quite some time on a local trail with some guys over lunch. The bike picture at the top, lying down is exactly how I felt after the ride. I was tired, slow and gasping for air but the important thing is that I got outside and away from my screen. I’m refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon.

boys mhillI have 2 boys. Oliver is 5 and Jonah is 3 and believe me, they are very inquisitive about the world around them. There hasn’t been a single time when we’ve gone for a hike or a bike ride and they’ve said, “let’s go home, we’re not having fun.” What usually happens is there is much chatter about what is that rock, look, a buggy, can I jump off this rock, the list really goes on and on. It’s amazing how curious they are. If we stay inside and watch TV, there tends to be much less creativity and far less conversation.

I recall one story when we were outside riding bikes around the neighborhood. I had both boys in a bike trailer. All I was doing was pulling them from our driveway to the neighbor’s driveway and looping back. Every lap we did one of the boys saw something new. Once it was an airplane, another time was a broken spatula in the street and we did run across a few bugs. It’s things you can’t experience sitting inside along with conversations that may have never taken place.

My point is that you don’t have to go far for an adventure. STRIDERs are the perfect tool for a quick lap around the block or a ride on an old cow trail. You can lace up a pair of shoes or hop on that old bike you have in your garage. Just get outside and experience the world. Your kids’ imagination will thank you.

Tip #4
It’s early in the season and your bike may have been sitting around all winter. Make sure you check the tire pressure in the tires. If you have a STRIDER with the no maintenence tires, they’re good to go.

See Tip #3

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