Category Archives: Problems and issues

Sad to see him go…

We never got around to posting here about our new favorite bike mechanic, Tim Ennis, a.k.a. The Rolling Wrench, Boston’s first and only mobile bike shop, and Tim does it all by bike. You may have seen him out on … Continue reading

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Family Bike Shopping part II: The first bike we almost bought, Sun Atlas Cargo

Back in part I, I described why we decided to wade back into family bike shopping. At first, we were just looking to find a longbike that would be easy for Angela (5′ 1″) to get on and off of, … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with cargo, Biking with kids, Child-related issues, How-to, Links and reviews, Problems and issues | 7 Comments

Family Bike Shopping Part I: Why another bike?

At long last, we’ve settled on a new family bike. Family and cargo bike shopping can be a daunting process, with limited access to test rides (see our previous desperate plea), limited knowledge available at local bike shops, conflicting info … Continue reading

Posted in Biking, Biking with cargo, Biking with kids, Child-related issues, How-to, Links and reviews, Problems and issues | 14 Comments

True Life Stories of the Carfree — Stacy, Brent, London (9), Elliot (7), Avery(4) & Oliver (1), Huntington WV

As the third in our series about families living carfree (that aren’t us, see also part I and part II), we have a wonderful contribution from Stacy, a mom of four (four!). Her family decreased from two cars to one … Continue reading

Posted in Being car-light, Benefits of being carfree, Going and staying carfree, Problems and issues, True Life Stories of the Carfree | 3 Comments

We Love Our New-and-Improved Tiny Condo: Part I

My wife and I live in 650 square feet with two kids and we love it. We’ve written about our small home before, a tiny condo in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. We live in a neighborhood full of small houses and … Continue reading

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Seeking test rides — Zigo Leader, Madsen, Nihola, Sun Atlas Cargo

We’re considering adding a bike to our fleet (more details on why will follow, presumably when we figure out what we’ll get, if anything), but alas, Cambridge is not Portland, and rustling up test rides of family and cargo bikes … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Cambridge and Boston area, Links and reviews, Problems and issues | 19 Comments

Accidents happen.

I was in a minor bike accident with the kids last week. We’re all OK now. We’re even all back up on the bike. But it was really scary. And it was 100% my fault. At the end of a … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Child-related issues, Problems and issues | 16 Comments

CFWK “rules” for strollers on transit

In case you haven’t heard (this is old news), according to a report in the globe several¬†weeks ago, the T will NOT be moving forward with a ban on open strollers at this time. Many thanks to the folks who … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge and Boston area, Child-related issues, How-to, Problems and issues, Public transportation | 4 Comments

Oh, and we’re queer too (Blogging for LGBT families day)

Every year, I intend to participate in Blogging for LGBT Families Day, and every year, I forget. This year, I remembered one day late, so I’m counting this as good enough and going with it. Now, Angela and I are … Continue reading

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Winter Toddler Transport

Winter, especially the kind of winter we had around here (in January anyway) can pose some problems for the¬†carfree family. It comes with obvious perks, like not having to find parking or dig out a car, but it can be … Continue reading

Posted in Child-related issues, Problems and issues, Walking | 7 Comments