Glide Bikes: Orange Ezee Glider with Air Tires

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Thanks to my wife, Sarah, who wrote up this great review for the Glide Bikes Ezee Glider that we got to review online.

When we lived in Ashland, OR, balance bikes were the norm. Rather than seeing kids tooling around playgrounds on tricycles or bikes with training wheels, you’d see little kids scooting themselves along on balance bikes. I had never seen or heard of balance bikes before and they piqued my interest as Caleb began to show signs of one day becoming mobile. On the recommendation of a blog I like, we bought Caleb a Pewi Ybike, which is a cross between a push toy that helps kids learning to walk and a pre-balance bike. With three wheels and a handle, Caleb was able to both learn to walk while holding onto it and sort-of learn to ride by sitting on it and pushing himself along. It was great for learning to walk when Caleb was 1 and for learning to ride the summer Caleb was 1.5, but this summer we realized it was way too small for Caleb to be able to use it as a bike again. So I began to research balance bikes.

Although I was already sold on wanting one for Caleb, this site helped me learn more about balance bikes (so I could explain them to Adam and our parents) and begin to compare different models. Money was a big factor for us since our budget is very tight, and after doing some research, I decided the other key factors were: warranty, size (I wanted something that Caleb could ride now and next summer, and ideally until he is ready for a bike without training wheels), sealed ball bearings (keeps dirt from getting into the wheels so they continue to spin smoothly instead of slowing down over time), and air tires (foam tires seem great if you want to be able to use the bike indoors, but air tires provide more traction for riding outdoors).

Factors I didn’t care too much about were footrests, brakes, and turn limiters (I didn’t care if the bike had those features or not), the weight of the bike or the status of the bolts (recessed bolts mean less chance of scrapes when your kid falls off). Ideally I wanted to spend under $100, but I quickly realized this was unlikely to happen as the majority of bikes that fit all of my qualifications were closer to $130-$150. So I made a list of my top picks and started watching for sales.

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The Second Tablet

WPC-Preaching

This sermon was preached on June 29, 2014 at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. My text was the 10 Commandments. You can listen to it, and read it, below.

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Well, we are working our way through the 10 Commandments this summer, and this is week 3. Sarah set the stage for us 2 weeks ago, with the reminder that these commandments are not things that we have to do to secure God’s love and grace and acceptance. God doesn’t wait around until we have followed all of the 10 Commandments before God establishes a relationship with us – God acts first.

Last week, we talked about how the 10 Commandments aren’t actually for our benefit…they’re not things that we do so that our lives can be better…or so that we become better, or even perfect, people. But rather, the 10 Commandments are, in the end, for our neighbors. They are things that we can do, or not do, to help our neighbors have their best lives now.

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The First Tablet

WPC-Preaching

This sermon was preached on June 22, 2014 at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. My text was the 10 Commandments. You can listen to it, and read it, below.

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As I get started – I’d love to do a little word association with the 10 Commandments. So, what words come to your mind when you hear “The 10 Commandments”?

Go ahead, shout it out.

Well, I can honestly say that I’ve never preached on the 10 Commandments before. The lectionary texts I’ve been assigned to preach on, over the past 5-6 years, have never had them as an option, and I’ll admit that they’re not the first text that has come to my mind on the Sundays that I was able to pick my own texts.

And so, I would be standing up here lying to you if I didn’t admit that I’ve been a bit stuck this week. As I thought about what direction I wanted to go with this sermon, and as I kept feeling like I was just spinning my wheels, not going anywhere, I began to wonder why it was that I was having a hard time figuring out what to preach on.

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