Sunday, March 18, 2012

First Bike

Monkey got his first 'big boy' bike yesterday. We had been talking for a few days about getting a big boy bike, and it just so happened that our local bike shop was having their big sale this weekend. We didn't intend to buy a high end bike, but thought it would be a good place for him to get on a bike and get their opinion on fit and sizing and all that. So we did that, and then we went to Toys R Us and tried a few more, and then Monkey was still talking about the 'red bike' at the bike store (of course he was, it was on sale for $160) but Mrs. Z agreed that there did seem to be some differences between the 'red bike' and the TrU bikes. Monkey was getting really tired so we came home and while Monkey was napping Mrs. Z took a browse on ye olde Craigslist to see what was out there. Lo and behold, there was a black and red Specialized Hotrock 12" for a good price. So Mrs. Z drove up to 'Canada', where the good stuff on Craigslist always seems to be, and came home with a new bike. It could use some new paint and has definitely been well-loved by other little boys, but it doesn't seem to matter much to this particular little boy. We're going to the store today to get a bell and then maybe we'll fit in some more practice time later tonight. Mr. Z helps him with his 'balancing' while Monkey pedals... or hits the brakes with no warning. You know, whatever.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Mr. Z managed to wrangle a few hours off to go to the St. Patty's day parade with us. It was ridiculously nice out. Monkey really loved the fire engines - he had to pose for pictures with them.