On Sunday, Kate and I held our first "New and Often Sacramento Kidical Mass." We had talked with Warren, another Sacramento Mundo buddy, who has been organizing the previous Kidical Mass events and thought that if we all worked together, we could extend these rides throughout Sacramento, expand our riders, and make them a regular occurrence. We decided on the third Sunday of each month and we'd take turns planning and setting up the routes. This one started at the Rocket Ship in Southside Park at 2pm, luckily it was not as hot as Saturday but it was pretty toasty. I was worried that no one would show up. Kate pulled up soon after on a different bike than her Mundo and kid-free, lucky her (although also necessary as this is only her second week after surgery)! Shortly after that, a new friend whom I had met the day before at the Farmer's Market, Jarod and his two daughters, rode in on their beater trike that Jarod had modified with seats, footrests, cushions and safety belts in the back for his girls. They were decked out with snack cups, an umbrella, and the coolest sunglasses I'd ever seen. Quite a sight! The trike was a used find from craigslist (as many of the best things are) and has served them well for the past couple of months as they got to know the area. However, they also have an infant son to soon add to the load and the trike is a bike more creaky and unstable than they'd like. Jarod was certainly checking out our set-up on the Mundo, even taking it out for a test ride. I think he's hooked! Next, Sol came riding by with his daughter in a WeeRide Kangeroo child seat. She was as happy as could be! Finally, John, of Cycle Trucks joined us and we were ready to ride! Since I hadn't known if there would be any kids riding on their own, our route stayed at about 2 miles max. We took a trip down T st. to the waterfront and then back up R st. to a frozen yogurt shop. The kids all got a cool treat and a nice ride. Total success, if I do say so myself! I'm already looking forward to the next! Mark your calendars and keep an eye on our Sacramento Kidical Mass Facebook page for upcoming details. Thank you all for joining us and braving the heat!
That evening, my lovely hubby let me duck out of the house early and head down to the corner coffee shop and focus on some work. I was amazed at what I could do without the wee ones screaming in the background. That quick trip was taken on our new folder--Mr. Mobic. The only downside was that the Mobic doesn't have a rack yet and I had a heavy bag on my back. I was surprised at how much that affected my riding, even just that short amount. I am so used to being able to carry more than I could ever need on my Mundo that I hadn't really thought about needing to pare down for an "appropriate" load. Needless to say, it was an uncomfortable mile even though the Mobic is so easy to ride. I must be a bit spoiled by the Mundo's brute strength.