Summer and bikes just seem to go hand in hand. This summer, our little guy was ready for an upgrade, trading in his old training-wheeled bike. So this past weekend we did the research on how to pick the right bike for him before heading to the second-hand sports equipment shop. And because we got a good quality bike for a fraction of the price (that will also have greater re-sell value) a little window shopping for some bike-themed artwork also seemed in order.
The first thing we learned is that size is very important. The length of your child's inseam is much more important than his or her age. The size of a bike is measured by the diameter of the wheel but the frame can vary from bike to bike so it's important for your child to try it on for size. We knew we had the right bike when our guy straddled over the bar flat-footed and he had a two-finger clearance to his inseam. For more tips check out here and here.
When we got home, the first thing we did was give it a good scrubbing. It was important to us that this new 'gently used' purchase didn't feel less "shiny" to him. Next we added a new bell. And then a new bike pack on the handle bars to hold snacks and trinkets. Finally we added stickers to the frame to really customize it. It's not the prettiest thing in the world. But it's his and he's proud of it.
The final purchase that really sweetened the deal for him, was the addition of a Trail-Gator Bicycle Tow Bar. This bar attaches his new bike, to the back of his daddy's which turns them both into a clever tandem bike. Perfect for reducing fatigue-induced, roadside whining. I see long bike excursions for the whole family in our future.
In the meantime, here are my etsy finds:
• Going To See My Baby Lavender Bike Screenprint by Strawberry Luna ($25)
• Vivienne Riding Her Bike Print by Matte Art ($35)
• Happy Bike Couple Pair of Table Lamps by Czech Pub ($70)
• B is for Bike 2 Canvases by Bubba and Boo ($100)
• I Heart My Bike Reproduction Fine art Print by Michele Maule ($20)
• Bikes Print by Leah Duncan ($12)