7 Reasons Why I Love My Bike

Editors Note: One of our favorite customers, Bronwyn Michaelis, shared this blog post about the transformative power of a family cargo bike. She lays out her compelling case in 7 reasons. We share 4 of the reasons here with her permission. For the remaining three, you'll need to read the full post on Bronwyn's blog.


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Have you heard how awesome it is to have a bike? Word on the street is that it makes life better, leveling up your transportation game,  while aligning your lifestyle with your values of wellness for yourself and the planet. How fun would it be if more people had bikes and our streets turned into big fresh airy bike lanes? Bikes are a beautiful, quiet, sweet lovely YES to life.

When Nymue turned two I bought a new bike.  It has been a major life upgrade to the next level of awesome. This bike was one of the best purchases ever, and I want everyone to have one.

Why are bikes the best? Imagine not getting into a car for weeks at a time, but having the freedom of mobility, fresh air, and the good health that comes from regular cardiovascular engagement.

We only get in a car when we need to leave town, otherwise you'll find us rolling around town on two wheels, and here's why:

1. Built-in exercise

How hard is it to get exercise every day as a full time single mom? Easy when you have a bike as your major transportation!  I ride up and down the hill we live on several times a day. It's perfect. I have exercise built into my everyday routine with this bike habit!

2. No parking problems

We live in the SF Bay Area where parking can range from tricky to stressful! Not with a bike! There is no price for parking and there is always space for bicycle parking and no parking tickets.  Also, with kids, there is often lots of stuff.  I can ride right up to the door of where I am going with out having to carry things from my car parking spot.

3.  With electric assist, it helps you up hills

Electric assist is the way to go if you have a kid and live in the hills. We haul library books, groceries, and other kids around. I barely ever have the excuse, "I'm too tired to ride my bike," because I can decide how hard I want to work. The electric assist has settings to charge when you go down hills, and works for you the more you pedal.  If you don't pedal it won't run on its own by pushing a button.  Like a regular bike, you have to pedal.  The harder the bike feels you pedaling the more it helps you.

4. This bike carries precious cargo

The Bullitt bike I have is a front loading cargo bike. This means my daughter, Nymue, is lower down to the ground, making tipping over much less likely. She and I can easily chat as we ride. I can see her. She can see the world around her. She can have books, snacks, a blanket, toys, and things she picks up along the way on our adventures.
 

(continue on Bronwyn's blog)

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by Bronwyn Michaelis

Blue Heron Bikes' customer, cyclist, yoga instructor and parent.

Xtracycle Leap is Coming

It’s been about 5 years of development, and long awaited after Xtracycle discontinued the legendary and game-changing FreeRadical in 2014.  The Leap is the evolution of the FreeRadical concept - that is, a bolt on bike-extender that accepts the wide array of Xtracycle accessories that help you carry kids, cargo, ski gear, surfboards, kid bikes, groceries, and so much more. 

Trucks are Sissy! Blue Heron Bikes founder Rob Allen preps for a kayak adventure on the American River with his Xtracycle FreeRadical converted cargo bike.

I still ride a FreeRadical converted bike and I love the simplicity and resourcefulness it represents.  I am excited about the Leap because it addresses some of the core shortcomings of its predecessor, that being flex in the frame and wheel size limitations.  The new Leap is simple, strong and incredibly well designed.  It will accommodate up to 29” wheels with 3” tires.  For 26” wheels, you can run slightly larger than 3” tires - it seems to depend largely on the tire manufacturer and tread pattern.  Of course, if you want to convert a smaller wheel bike, the telescoping tube will enable a whole new breed of small wheel cargo bikes never before possible. 

For instance, Xtracycle has teamed with folding bike maker Tern to offer a folding cargo bike with 24” wheels, called the Cargo Node.

The Tern Cargo Node, built from a Tern folding bike and the Xtracycle Leap conversion kit, was successfully funded on Kickstarter - here’s the video that tells the story of this cool collaboration and some of the finer details of the Leap kit.

Both the Leap and the Cargo Node are currently in production and available for pre-order here at the shop.  As soon as we have a unit for you to test drive, we will let you know.  In the event that you are already sold on one of these products, we encourage you to call or visit the shop and make your interest known. 

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