This Spring Schwinn got a little sneaky and intercepted three moms buying bikes for their kids at a local, Madison, WI, Toys R Us. Little did they know, but they would soon be walking out with a brand new Schwinn Carrington bike and helmet just for them! We asked the women if they had a bike, what kind it was, how old it was, and if they were ready for a change. Shelley, Jen, and Angie (pictured below), all have children of different ages, but each know what it is like to juggle five hundred things at once, and how difficult it can be to make time for yourself and time with your kids. They graciously accepted the challenge to get on the Schwinn Carrington two days a week with their family or alone, and then come back and tell us about their experience over a cup of coffee with me the Friday right before Mother’s Day weekend.
Check out their interview below and then be sure to enter for your chance to win your own Carrington bike and a $250 gift card for a Mother’s Day ring at a national jeweler’s for you or your mother this Mother’s Day!
Shelley: The last time I got a new bike was 15 years ago when I first had gotten married. We gave each other bikes as a gift, but it is so nice to have a shiny new bike, and I actually love that it is pink! My son, who is 13 years old, told me that it was definitely a “mom’s” bike, but I’m a mom and I’m okay with that, plus it means he won’t want to be borrowing it!
Angie: I was also very excited to receive my own bike. This bike in particular was extra special to me because it is pretty “girlie”. Since I have two sons, so many things at my house are masculine. This is the first bike that is really just for me! As a mom, I am usually focused on getting things or doing things for the family or for the kids, so it was great to receive something that was just for me and such a great surprise.
Jen: My first bike was actually a road bike given to me, used from someone else, so I never got to experience the time where you get to have a shiny new bike sitting in the garage. There is something about being able to get to check everything out for the first time and even being able to take the tags off. It felt like Christmas! Plus the bike was so me, and now all I want to do is accessorize it!
Schwinn: Did you ride with your family or by yourself?
Angie: So far I have only been able to ride by myself, but I am looking forward to a lot of time riding to the park with the kids this summer.
Shelley: My first ride was also by myself, but then I was able to get my son and daughter on the bike just for simple errands like to the library and to drop a friend off. It was nice to be able to go at their pace and really bike together.
Jen: For me it was nice not having to have to clip in on my road bike. This new bike really allows me to just go for a ride with my daughter and not have to worry about planning so much, or dressing to ride. I think it will make such a difference for us to have the ability to just stop and explore if she wanted to check out something she saw on the ride and then we could really make it an adventure.
Shelley: If I had been trying to go for a longer ride it would have been more difficult and would have required planning, but it was excellent for those short little errands where we could just hop on the bike and go versus taking a two minute car ride.
Schwinn: How did it feel to make time to ride (by yourself or with your family)?
Jen: I didn’t think about anything! It was total flow; a moment where I didn’t have to think about other things and I was just in the moment. There was a real sense of freedom to having the wind blow in my hair and just enjoy the first real warm days of Spring. I felt giggly! It was perfect.
Shelley: It was just a great experience to be free of the electronics and spend time in the “present”. Even when I am walking I can just take out the phone, but with biking I was just enjoying the moment, free of distraction.
Schwinn: Do you feel like making time to bike made a difference in your week? How?
Angie: Recently my time has been mostly spent being in school and working at a desk, so I really don’t make enough time for myself to exercise and get out even to just enjoy the fresh air. I think that having this new bike will allow me to do something fun with the family, or even get out and have some “me” time while doing something healthy.
Shelley: I always try to get more activity in as well and the Carrington is an easy way to be active and include the kids. We don’t even need a destination, biking can be the activity.
Jen: It also may me more happy and light! There is always so much going on in everyday life where you have to worry about what needs to be done and getting on the bike just takes you out of that stress for a while.
Angie: I have always thought that biking was a good activity and have always encouraged my boys to ride their bikes, however, now I see that it could be a great way for me to spend time with them and do something that they already enjoy.
Jen: It is also nice to be able to ride without feeling like you have to train. With my road bike it was more about training and going alone. The Carrington is a happy bike. It is like having a cute pair of shoes, or I have this mug that is a sugar skull with a mustache, and I love it because it just makes me happy!
Schwinn: Do you think you will keep riding after this interview?
Jen: I can see myself throwing our bikes on the bike rack, packing a lunch, and my daughter and I can just go explore.
Angie: Yes, I am definitely looking forward to lots of fun with my new bike. Even when I open the garage door and see the new bike, I think about when I can get out on the bike with my kids for a ride.
Schwinn: What was your favorite part about the bike?
Shelley: It is nice to have a bike that is not so utilitarian. This bike is all about the casual ride and femininity, with color and shine and pops.
Angie: There are a lot of things to love about the Carrington. I love the paint color, so pretty, my last bike was black so getting a blue one is refreshing. I love the style! It was really easy to ride and the seat is very comfortable. The gears are also easy to shift and the rack on the back is going to be very handy!
Jen: I also love that the bike has a kickstand! It is the simple things like that which sometimes make such a difference, plus I feel like the bike was built for a women. The seat is comfortable, so I don’t need padded shorts and it has a really classic look which is the style that I also try to evoke.
Angie: Biking is a wonderful way to spend time with an energetic family and not have to overdo it. As a mom we are constantly busy, hardworking and focused on all the tasks that need to be done. Biking is something that you can do as a family activity or as a way to unwind a bit and enjoy the outdoors. We are lucky, in Wisconsin, to have such a great spring-summer-fall biking season. Let’s get out there and enjoy it.
Shelley: For me it is a way to just be free of distractions and really enjoy my children. It is a way for us to get outside and have that shared experience that will make memories, but it also is a way for me to just get out by myself as well, where it is just me, the bike, and the wind!
Jen: This is a bike for fun. It is a bike that gives you time alone, but also can get you to coffee with your girlfriends or around the neighborhood. This bike isn’t about training for the next big race, but it makes you feel like you are 15 again and getting ready for a date, it has that lightnessto it that lets you step out from every day stress. It lets you put those worries aside for a moment and just be in the moment.
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