Category Archives: Biking

Handouts summarizing gear options for biking with small children

In preparation for the Kids Bike 101¬†workshop we were part of at Bicycle Belle, I developed some handouts that summarize a lot of information about carrying children by bicycle, including input from the other organizers and panelists, Megan Ramey, Brian … Continue reading

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Guest Cargo Bike Reviews from a Four-Kid Family, Part 2: Xtracycle Edgerunner

This is part 2 of two guest cargo bike reviews from a Cambridge MA family with four kids. Parents are Katie and Josh. You can see their prior review of the Madsen here. Here Katie describes their experience with the … Continue reading

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Guest Cargo Bike Reviews from a Four-Kid Family, Part 1: Madsen

This is the first of two guest cargo bike reviews from another biking family in our area, including parents Josh & Katie, and their four kids ages 9, 7, 4 and 1. They have daily riding experience with two cargo … Continue reading

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bikepool

About two and a half years ago, my job situation changed and I took on a massive commute. I make a 50-mile 2 & 1/4 hour one-way trip by subway and train (sometimes bike & train) to get to work. … Continue reading

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Biking isn’t really my thing

“I don’t really like biking all that much.” I said this the other day at the playground at my daughter’s school and was met with shock and outrage. So I thought I should explain myself. I bike a lot. Most … Continue reading

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You can buy a bakfiets in Boston! (actually Somerville)

The Boston area has been sorely lacking a true cargo and family bike shop. Ferris Wheels in Jamaica Plain has been stocking Yubas for a long time (which is great!), but that was the only style of cargo bike (at … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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