The Becerra Biking Gang

Our awesome biking gang. I love how it almost looks like Miriam is sporting a mohawk, but no, her hair just fell out in a bad-A sort of way :).

I wouldn’t mess with that gang.

Having too much fun with the camera timer.

I love so much about our little neighborhood ¬†and house, but the one thing that I don’t love is that we are kind of not in a great part of town for biking. Chris still rides his bike around a lot and will take Sofia and Gabe on outings, but I admit that I have not been hard core enough to bike a ton since we have lived here. Our church is about 2 miles away, and we have decided that we are going to ride to and from church every week. We always have so much fun riding together as a family. Sofia rides the tag-along behind Chris, and I was pulling Gabe and Miriam in the bike trailer. I may have arrived to church with helmet hair and body odor, but both of those things are quite acceptable in Oregon. At least in these parts :).

I feel like most people I know here have bike trailers and are into biking but for the rest of you… .do you live in bike friendly communities? Where do you like to ride as a family?

adrienne w - September 11, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Such fun pictures! You guys rock! We live in a very bike friendly neighborhood with lots of bike paths throughout the river valley… but that’s only useful for about 5 months of the year, if we’re lucky. We are so not a biking family, though I’d like to be. Logistically, it’s just never worked out. With 4 kids in less than 6 years, I just haven’t found a way to make it work. M and T aren’t very good on their bikes, even with training wheels still. I don’t even HAVE a bike, let alone a trailer for the 2 little girls. That’s a big commitment for us for such a short bike riding season. I think we’ll have to wait a few years until everyone can be a little more independent on their bikes. I love that you guys can enjoy it!

Camille - September 11, 2011 - 10:05 pm

We live on the world’s steepest, graveliest road, and I would die from accident or exhaustion if I tried to bike around here. It’s a sad sad thing. Sometimes I think about driving into town to ride my bike around, but that seems like it would defeat the whole purpose of biking. boo.

kara - September 11, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Adrienne,
Yes, your situation would be more complicated :). That would definitely be ambitious, and for some reason I am laughing imagining your family of 6 riding around in freezing cold Canada :).
Camille,
You definitely live in a tricky place. You also would be ambitious :). I guess something has to give, so you trade amazing quiet location for biking. We are in the funny place where biking is a little bit of a pain from where we live, but still doable if we are feeling motivated :).

Rose - September 12, 2011 - 11:20 am

Having lived in Corvallis for a year now, I feel like I need to try and get back on a bicycle just not to feel like a lazy bum. But after knowing how Hubby had to jump off his bike to avoid getting hit by a truck last year, and how a work colleague actually got hit from behind while riding to work last month, I seriously have second thought about biking around town :p Nonetheless, I think occasional biking as family recreational activity is a great idea. I’ve been trying to convince hubby to bike with the baby in tow. But he doesn’t feel too safe with pulling the baby in the trailer. Has anybody have good experience with child seat attached to the front or the back of the bike? What about getting helmet for the little one (where do you get them small enough)? “Biking with Children” might be a good topic for you next baby class, Kara ;)

Rachel - September 12, 2011 - 8:50 pm

@Rose: We bought an insert for the Burley trailer that was good for infants from 5-12 months. Seamus LOVED it. He actually was more secure and supported in it than a car seat, I think. We now have a bike seat attached to my husband’s bike and he loves that too (he’s almost 2). I think I actually felt safer with him in a trailer because it felt like a roll cage unlike the seat where he is more exposed. I wonder what the safety data says….

kara - September 12, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Rose,
We also have the Burley insert and really like it. I like Rachel also wonder what the data would say, but my common sense(which can sometimes be off :) would say that the trailer would seem safer. If you go down on a bike with baby in tow, that seems scarier than having them in a trailer. Biking with children would be a great topic Rose…wish you could be there for it :).