Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas tree by bike.

Part of what's great about cargo biking in Seattle is the amazing community of people who are also hauling their kids and other various things by bike. In the past it was always so fun for me to read about my friends binging home their christmas trees via cargo bike. A quick google search of "christmas tree by cargo bike" is super fun and you can see Julie wrangling her tree from last year here. This year I am so happy to be one of the many cargo bikers who are bringing their christmas trees home by bike.
 Here we are all ready to go. I removed the seat and one of the sides to make room for the tree. Since I could only carry one kid plus the tree, Autumn tried out her family bike chops and carried Zeke on her bike for this trip. Best. Nanny. Ever.

 Here we are at the lot near our house. The boys can't wait to explore.
 Gideon helped carry the tree to our bike.
 As we loaded the 6 ft tree onto our bike and I strapped it down with bungee cords I started to get nervous. Had I over estimated my bike skills? What if I couldn't keep my balance with the huge tree all lopsided on my bike?
 Had I just made a huge, embarrassing mistake? It wouldn't be the first time.
 But to my surprise I literally could not feel the difference between riding without the tree and riding with.
It looks odd and unwieldy, but my bike still rode like a dream. In fact, something I've noticed about the Bullitt is that it is actually easier to ride and steer when it has a full load on the deck.
We are all happy after a successful group effort to bring our tree home.
Gideon and Autumn give our tree some love. This was before we unwrapped it and found out that it was an even bigger tree than we thought.
Zeke just wants to eat the popcorn and cranberry garlands.
I made a felt ornament to honor our trusty bike.
Whew. I'm tired. Time to relax in front of the tree with a warm mug of tea. 
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas.

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