Household Biking: Children + leaves = enjoyable!

Crunch! Using by means of leaves is enjoyable.
(Photographs: Madi Carlson)

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Dry leaves, that’s!

Children, bikes, and dry leaves go collectively like hungry tummies and bagfuls of leftover Halloween sweet very first thing within the morning — nice enjoyable till these digestive juices (or rain drops) kick in.

Wet leaves are bad — they’re very slippery, and once they overtake the bike lane they’re a menace that’s onerous to keep away from, however crunching by means of dry leaves is our (sure, me, too) favourite factor about this time of yr.

Be cautious of hitchhiker leaves.

In fact it’s all the time smart to keep away from any impediment — dry leaves can cover all kinds of issues like potholes, glass, sticks, caterpillars, and canine poo. However we’ve been having fun with the crunchy dry-leaf soundtrack the previous few days. We didn’t encounter any actual obstacles, although I fished a leaf out of a derailleur once we had been already stopped for photograph taking. It most likely would have come free by itself. In truth, whereas I discover the sound of a leaf caught in a fender annoying my youngsters make a sport of it and seek advice from the continuing hum as “an e-assist.” Repeatedly. Till I snigger with them about it.

Do you exit of your method to crunch by means of dry leaves? Or do you might have any leaf horror tales I can add to my anecdotes of causes to suppose twice about charging into leaf piles? Thanks for studying!

Notice: disrupting neighbors’ rigorously collected piles of leaves isn’t cool so search for blankets of fallen leaves or make your personal piles to trip by means of.

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