#whyweride: So the baby will sleep while we have fun

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Over a surprisingly good cuppa bike-shop coffee this morning, Derek Stepanek told me a story that fits right in with the #whyweride thing going around on Twitter. I had stopped by his office at Northtowne Cycling & Fitness.

He happened to mention that he’d bicycled five times as much in 2009 as he had in the previous several years. How did he manage that with the long days and weeks it takes to run a retail business these days?

By making it a family thing with his wife, Jodi, and their one-year-old daughter, Jocelyn.

The little one, he said, is so active she’ll probably be nicknamed “Tornado.” Getting her to settle down for a nap can be challenging, but the Stepaneks found that she would quickly nod off in their Burley trailer.

They racked up the miles on their bicycles – exploring trails and roads in the Cedar Rapids area – while she napped quietly, rolling along behind.

Yet another good reason to …

… pedal on.

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