19 hours ago
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Maddie was boycotting the bike for a while -- even on the rare days where riding a bike would've been lovely. Her main complaint was her old helmet. It never fit her right and she always fussed and freaked out when the straps got all twisty and weird. We spent a bunch of time trying to fix and adjust the helmet but it just became the wall in the way. It's the Sicilian in Maddie: once something has proven so lame and unreliable, there comes a time when no more chances are given. So she was boycotting the bike until she got a new helmet.
We held our ground for a bit since the helmet was fine. But after a while, the more I pondered Maddie's request for a helmet, the more it made sense to me. I am extremely picky and fussy when it comes to comfort as I ride. I also though about all the wanky bike crap that I buy on a whim. Why were we holding such a hard line on this? What's the lesson here?
So, this weekend, Maddie and I checked out the helmets on the Nutcase site and found one of the XS helmets for her. Maddie has a small noggin and a kid's helmet is just too big. According to the Nutcase sizing chart, Maddie still wears a toddler size helmet. The helmet arrived yesterday and it really is a perfect fit. It's also very high quality.
So she's back on the bike. Now we need to work on the frozen thumbs.
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