Category Archives: Biking with cargo

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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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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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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What we ride

I thought it might be useful for readers to know in more detail what bike gear we use to ride with our kids. Sure, we ride our cargo bikes, but we also ride (and have ridden) several other more standard … Continue reading

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Local Roundup: Somerville Illuminations ride, cargo bike sightings, new local family bike list

Last weekend, H & I decked out our bikes in festive lights, put on all the wool socks we could find, and and headed out for the second annual Illuminations Ride put on by the Somerville Arts Council and the … Continue reading

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Family Bike Shopping Part V: The Final Verdict

(See also Parts I, II, III and IV) In a final round of consideration, we looked at some of the higher-end bakfiets, looking for something essentially like Mike’s bike, but with a better raincover and a less finicky kickstand latch. … 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

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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

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