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Hohoho, it's that Tree on Bike time of the year. Our bikey BFFs CarFreeDays have been tree-hauling by xtracycle since back in the day. Here's a tree on a front-loader, our new Bionx Bullitt from Splendid Cycles. Which is of course getting its own post because it is the most awesomest car-replacement vehicle I have yet experienced.

Of course, there is a backstory to this photo. Not sure it was my proudest parenting moment. The children have gotten a bit delusional about the need for coats, hats, and gloves in the past month of riding around under a cozy rain canopy with a sleigh blanket. Scratch that. They have always been delusional about the need for winter-wear. 

At departure, warm coats, less fashionable/more waterproof gloves, and hats were offered. And offered again. Hypothermia discussed. Saids items brought with us. Errands were run, with the boy in a cotton long-sleeve shirt, coat sitting next to him on the box seat. By the time we reached the tree lot in a cold Seattle drizzle, both kids were shivering and crying to go home. Coats and gloves were belatedly donned. Hands didn't work. 

So we rode home, both kids wailing, collecting stares and glares, with me going on quite a bit more than I needed to about "And this, kids, is why you always wear a coat and gloves ..." If I had a one-armed man around I would have used him. Here was the result: 

Totsicles and Tree 2012

Merry freaking christmas, thanks for the Jack Frost-bite, dad. 

Nothing a bath and hot chocolate couldn't cure. As for the whole natural consequences lessons learned thing? Not so much. Luc elected shorts and T-shirt for his next outing. Does this let-em-learn approach work for you guys, or have you made appropriate garb just as non-negotiable as a helmet? I'm thinking that for local errands they can learn their lessons, but if hypothermia or misery would blow up an actual plan that involves getting there by bike then parental mandates may need to be enforced. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Yep, we've had those days! My kid wore sandals the other day and froze his tush off. Then, we turned around and got his snow pants (yes, in Sacramento...) and he screamed about wearing those. You can't win with these kids! My littlest refuses his mittens and I worry about his hands but he never complains. My big one complains about the slightest chill. I'm finally learning that I just have to bring everything for what I think it appropriate and pile it on the second one of them makes a peep.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElle

The one armed man could have ridden with the tree, I bet he could have squeezed in!

We've experienced our share of tears on tree hauling days. Somehow we forget that part and just remember the good times!

Man, that Bullitt is nice! Thanks for the test ride.

December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Fabulous bike setup. I look forward to your post on it. I have one and I'm looking to see how to extend its usefulness with older kids. Would you show how the Picolo attaches. The drop-off and brake bridge mounts are a bit finicky for normal rear racks. Also, how we'll does your son do riding oh the top tube? And how old is he?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I thought I was the only one with "season change denial children"! I am still hoping the live and learn works (and there are signs it is - shorts WITH long johns), but I carry stuff and throw it on them when they gripe, and if they throw that out, they may or may not be the children you hear getting stuffed into an upside down Tyvek ride jacket from STP or something (water/wind, more embarrassing than other options).

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

We can't even get past the helmet any more. After a bad argument while out and walking halfway home, we haven't ridden in months. Trying to introduce it into regular day play in the house and will be a mist for the new balance bike. Hoping that since she's grown the helmet will fit better. As for winter gear, I'm not arguing with a two year old any more. No coat fine, goes in the bag.

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill

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