Category Archives: Our Xtracycle

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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Being Carfree Means Being More Visible

Americans spend an average of 15 hours a week in a car, at least according to this Arbitron study. That’s like two hours a day! Here at Carfree with Kids, we don’t spend any average time in a car — … Continue reading

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Carfree Camping in Provincetown

We recently returned from a delightful trip to Provincetown on Cape Cod with the whole family, including my mom. We went there specifically for Family Week and we had a blast. And we camped. And of course the whole thing … Continue reading

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One thing I’m glad I got wrong when bike shopping

Way back when we were trying to figure out what family bike to get, we thought that we were looking for a good way to bike with kids. We eventually found it, and love our current set up with an … Continue reading

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Join us at Honkfest!

It’s October, and that means it’s time for Honkfest, Somerville’s fabulous music festival. We’ll be enjoying the bands on Saturday and riding our fabulous Xtracycle in the parade on Sunday. We’ll be with at least one other family with a … Continue reading

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Carfree birth. Sort of.

We got a request on our last post for more pregnancy news. In thinking back over the year, it does seem that my primary pregancy-as-it-pertains-to-being-carfree thoughts have to do with whining about not biking, about T delays and bad weather. … Continue reading

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Biking with Kids in the Rain

Earlier this week, I was nearing the end of the day, which is the time when I pick up my daughter from daycare on the bike and madly rush home.But it was raining. And the kid and I were completely … Continue reading

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Xtracycle shopping

True confession time: I have no right to be writing this post right now. Between illness and bike problems, it’s been far too long since I’ve done a good shopping trip on a bike. In fact, thanks to the generosity … Continue reading

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Where did you get that fabulous license plate?

We’ve gotten several inquiries about where our wonderful plate on the xtracycle came from. I take full credit for the snarky catch phrase, and ordered a custom plate from: http://personalizedbikeplates.com/ The motorcycle plate fits the Xtracycle perfectly (we used cable … Continue reading

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Introducing our new xtracycle kid seat!

We’ve written before about our problems with the peapod seat for the xtracycle, that primarily stemmed from incompatibility with the our small bike frame frame (Angela is 5′ 1″….what can you do?). Then, a generous offer from Rob Hanson on … Continue reading

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