Other than that, we prefer they fend for themselves and EARN their "stuff". But there is one other item that we feel each kid is "entitled" to. A bicycle of course.
Now I know that, to some, a bicycle is more or less a "toy", but not here. A bicycle is an essential piece of transportation. We will never buy cars for our kids, but we have purchased every bike that has ever called our garage or hallway its home.
Recently, every one of them upgraded. Chaco commutes quite a bit on his bicycle and was justified in requesting and getting a new one. Meego had outgrown his as had Wolfgang. So Meego got Wolfgang's old but new-to-him bike, and Chaco, Wolfgang, and I went a-shopping.
I made the mistake of taking a nice cross bike for a little test drive. Well, I needed something to do while they were tire kicking...
|Such a fun place!|
I remember reading a post by a bicycle blogger who said that the number of bicycles one needs is defined by :
n = k +1
n = the number of bicycles one needs
k = the number of bicycles one has
Sigh, I am NOT getting a third bicycle! I don't even have/make enough time to fully enjoy the two that I have.
ANYWAY, we made it out of there, and everyone is happy with their new wheels. This is the LAST bike we're buying Chaco, although I think we said that last time...
I set about selling the cast offs. My typical craigslist strategy is to look for similar items and then
price mine accordingly, undercut the competition. Luckily, bicycles are popular items on craigslist.
Due to my superior marketing abilities (a.k.a. too much undercutting), I had buyers chomping at the bit in no time. I almost wish I would have priced them a little higher if only to cut down on the number of inquiries, and then having to tell the snoozer losers that the bike they wanted had already sold.
Either way, I think both bikes went to good homes, and the money I made selling the old ones very nearly offsets what I paid for the new ones (that is SO not the truth).
I'm thankful this week for kids that see the practicality of bicycle commuting. I'm thankful for friendly bicycle shops. I'm thankful for buyers of used bicycles.