Back in town, I had a date with some PDX Cargo Bike Gang members. Our friend, Kath, made a couple of events to get folks together since Madi (of familyride.us) and I are both up for a few more days. Madi will be giving a book reading on Tuesday at Clever Cycles since she's now an amazing published author (go buy Urban Cycling) in addition to being an amazing cargo biking badass. Twenty-five awesome Portland bikers showed up at the Barley Mill pub for a late lunch. It was wonderful being back amongst my own kind and I had the luxury of being kid-free (thanks, Gampa!).
Clever Cycles only has one rental bike available, a Workscycle Kr8. The store itself is amazing! Filled with gorgeous bikes for everyone in the family and all the beautiful accessories they'd need. It's really family-friendly with a kids' play area and clean bathrooms, but I was still happily unencumbered so I could drool all over the inventory while they made sure the Kr8 was in good shape.
Despite the adjustments to riding the Kr8, I was thrilled to be on a bike again and be free to take the boys around town easily without the car. I'm a little nervous about the added weight but they're going to have a blast so that'll get me over the hills--slowly but eventually! I did really love the Dynamo lights and huge amount of cargo capacity in the Kr8. It'll certainly be an adventure for these final few days in Portland! There are so many fun things to explore via bike around here! I have a newfound respect for bakfiets riders in hilly areas now, too!