As you well know both LPV & me are mobile on the bike, we are embracing the dutch culture and cycling our wee tooshies off. Well actually I’m doing all the hard work LPV sits on the back eating chocolate buttons. I have my little mantra’s to get me up the hills, ok they may only be slight hills but I thought Holland was supposed to be flat!!! Back to the mantra’s “Fat Bottoms girls” is always a good one although I do feel sorry for LPV having to look at my arse the whole time.
We were getting on just fine until yesterday, I had even picked the old hand signals and not the one’s you get arrested for in Dubai, stick your arm out for left/right etc. We were out on a nice ride when I clipped the curb and I lost control we’ were slowing down so at least I wasn’t going fast but unfortunately the bike fell to the floor taking my legs with it and my wee man. Thank god for his helmet and it took the brunt of the fall, we do have a graze and bruises this morning but it could have been a lot worse.
I simply can not believe that the Dutch don’t put helmets on their children, they say they don’t need them as they are experienced and if there is a collision with a vehicle it’s the car drivers fault. This I totally understand but It seriously takes two seconds to smash your head in a way you may not ride a bike again, why would they not want to protect their precious cargo.
It is each to their own and although I don’t understand why some parents don’t use helmets, it isn’t my place to comment on their child rearing. It was the same in Dubai with the local and NO car seats for children, a friend of mine once seen what had to have been a newborn just led on the dashboard!! All I know is that LPV will permenantly have his helmet on and short of making him a bubble wrap cycle suit, thats the best I can do. “Bubble wrap Cycle suit” *applys for Dragons den, becomes over night billionaire like reggae sauce man!!*
I suppose it’s all part of the expat way of life, just takes some getting used too, my test tomorrow on the bike is cycling home after a Spanish wine tasting, if I can handle that I can handle anything!!!!