Author Archives: Nathan

About Nathan

Nathan is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience. He thinks parenting is way more fun when you don't have to worry about car seats.

This year’s offering to the winter visibility g-ds

It seems like every winter I end up forking over at least a hundred bucks to feel sort of visible out on the road after dark (and this time of year, a lot of our bike riding is after dark). … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Links and reviews | 4 Comments

Xtracycle Hooptie: Initial Impressions

We set up our Xtracycle¬†almost 5 years ago, when our now 6 1/2 year old daughter was not quite 2. It’s hard to explain how different the cargo and family bike market was back then (or the family-biking-blog scene, for … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with cargo, Biking with kids, Links and reviews | 1 Comment

Co-rider: the good, the bad, the ugly

I really love riding with our youngest (R, now almost 3 1/2) on a front-mounted bike seat. It’s pretty much my favorite way to ride with one kid, provided we don’t have to haul much stuff with us. Thus, I … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Child-related issues, Links and reviews | 10 Comments

Come ride with us! (Honk! parade 2012)

For years we have crashed the Honk! Parade, an amazing non-motorized parade from Davis in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge, full of raucous activist street bands from all over the world, and the purpose of which is to “Take … Continue reading

Posted in Going and staying carfree | 2 Comments

Barriers to biking

When I talk to people about getting around more by bike, or any efforts to move towards less car dependence (but here the more relevant aspect is biking), I often say that even if things seem more inconvenient at first, … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits of being carfree, Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Problems and issues, Public transportation | 3 Comments

Learning to bike as a grown-up — reader advice please

A friend and sometimes commenter here recently sent a note asking for help and encouragement. She never learned to ride a bike as a kid and wants to learn how now, but she’s getting frustrated. I have a few thoughts, … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Going and staying carfree, Problems and issues | 13 Comments

On marriage, parenting, biking and blame

A few weeks ago, Angela got into an accident with our brand spanking new bakfiets. She caught the front wheel in a really bad pothole turning onto a poorly maintained street/alley near H’s Hebrew school. They went over hard. There … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Problems and issues | 12 Comments

A warm bikey glow

Last weekend, a collection of cargo and family bike folks gathered at our place. Aaron Naparstek, streetsblog founder, is here in Cambridge instead of Brooklyn for the year, and he and I put together the event to contribute to the … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Links and reviews, Living locally | 6 Comments

On sometimes driving.

With one notable exception*, most of our living is done within a couple miles of our home. R’s daycare is about six blocks away. H’s school is about four blocks away. Groceries are about a mile away in Porter Square … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge and Boston area, Car sharing, Problems and issues | 5 Comments

Unpredictable Driving

Angela and I are both mathematicians. Inevitably, when either of us mentions math, either that we do math, teach math, or studied math, the response we get more often than not is “Oh, I hate math.” You get used to … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Cambridge and Boston area, Problems and issues, Sharing roads and paths | 15 Comments