Meet Charlie

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”
― David Brower

I have a new toy. Well, he’s not new. I’ve had him for awhile,  but have yet to make the best use of him. His name is Charlie. Or Sir Charles. Depending on the day. He’s a townie bike, a single-speed, and can be converted to a fixie. And he’s my new ride around town.

There’s just a couple problems with riding him around town. 1. When I ride around town I usually have at least one child with me. And he is usually riding in a bike trailer. AND he is now fairly heavy to be pulled by a mommy with a single-speed. 2. I live on a hill. Not a particularly steep hill, but a long hill. Charlie is not the best at enhancing the experience. Every pedal strong is a full-on effort of every muscle in my body. Bike: you tend to think legs- maybe quads specifically, right? But not this bike. He’s a legs-core-arms-shoulders-back-butt-calf-neck-brain-technique workout.

So perhaps these aren’t really problems, but simply challenges. I decided I would ride my kids to and from school- since three days of each week I do drop-off or pickup at the school 4 times. FOUR TIMES. How strong am I going to get? The answer: very.

Today was just the first day. I’m hoping for many more. Trinity did great riding on her own. We took the trails through the neighborhood- past the Duck Pond Park, over the bridge, and under the highway. And after I got them safely to school, I took my first bike-ride trip to downtown.

Our town is putting on a great show of being bike-friendly. There are lots of bike lanes and bridges and the Riverfront trail is pretty nice and stuff. I wish our MAIN arteries had bike lanes- like Broadway and Grand and 1st….

Well I had a nice time anyway.

The bridge over the railroad tracks.
The bridge over the railroad tracks.

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Me Charlie.
Me Charlie.
Trinity, smoking the standing climb.
Trinity, smoking the standing climb.

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Look at my sweet progeny!
Look at my sweet progeny!