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10-22-12, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 881
Posted By ebartom

You mean this one? ...

You mean this one?
http://rollingorangebikes.com/bobike-junior/

I have a friend who has one. She said it's not as compatible with panniers as they had hoped, so they don't end up using it much.
09-14-12, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By ebartom

You can also buy reflective tape and stickers. ...

You can also buy reflective tape and stickers. Maybe if you get your kid to help with the application, they'll wear it happily (depends on the 11 yo, I think). You can get lightning bolts, skulls,...
09-12-12, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,305
Posted By ebartom

Here's the 12" on the xtracycle: ...

Here's the 12" on the xtracycle: http://flickr.com/gp/fletzet/XUtD13
And the 16" on the xtra: http://flickr.com/gp/fletzet/2fNt56 or http://flickr.com/gp/fletzet/CbZW0V

And one of the pictures...
09-11-12, 08:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,305
Posted By ebartom

I really like the xtracycle as a cargo bike...

I really like the xtracycle as a cargo bike because it's very slim when empty, and handles like a regular bike. It can carry a ton of stuff, which means we do most of our grocery shopping by bike...
09-09-12, 08:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,305
Posted By ebartom

We use either a trail gator or our Xtracycle to...

We use either a trail gator or our Xtracycle to transport kids plus bikes. On the xtra we can take two kids plus two kid bikes and the kids can sleep, so that system usually wins. The kids ride...
08-06-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,725
Posted By ebartom

Yes -- We've only had ours for a couple of years,...

Yes -- We've only had ours for a couple of years, but it's been super versatile. Hauls everything from adults to a couple of kids (great for bringing a friend along spontaneously), a Thanksgiving...
07-31-12, 10:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,207
Posted By ebartom

When I was a kid, I also had a basic bike and...

When I was a kid, I also had a basic bike and rode it everywhere. But I rode by myself or with my brother, and speed was not an issue. We had free reign of the town, and bikes were our main way to...
07-18-12, 03:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 843
Posted By ebartom

I have this bike:...

I have this bike: http://www.rei.com/product/744789/novara-mia-womens-bike
and a trail-gator, and it works. There's less clearance between the ground and my son's front tire than when my husband...
07-16-12, 08:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,207
Posted By ebartom

We got our 5 year old a 20 inch specialized...

We got our 5 year old a 20 inch specialized street, and it has been an awesome bike for him. He put in a 22 mile day on that bike, this Saturday, mostly on compressed gravel. It has 6 speeds and hand...
06-27-12, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 518
Posted By ebartom

We'd need someone local to plan the route and...

We'd need someone local to plan the route and help advertise to local families. You aren't interested, are you?
06-19-12, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 518
Posted By ebartom

Cycling Families in Chicagoland?

We've been enjoying the Kidical Mass rides in Chicago, enough that we've decided to start a new one in our neighborhood. If anyone out there is riding with their family in Chicago (or just feeling...
06-12-12, 09:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,207
Posted By ebartom

The Specialized Hotrocks are light. You can see...

The Specialized Hotrocks are light. You can see reviews of the 16" here: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/kids/specialized/hotrock-16/prd_486769_6179crx.aspx

It's definitely a lot of pedaling for...
06-12-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,695
Posted By ebartom

Thanks! I'll have to look at the bike more...

Thanks! I'll have to look at the bike more closely again. Specialized says it has an "integrated kickstand mount" but I'm not quite sure what that means. That looks like a nice kickstand,...
06-10-12, 09:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,695
Posted By ebartom

Itty bitty kickstand?

My daughter is very jealous of her big brother's kick stand. She rides a 12" specialized hotrock, but I think I'd rather get her a kickstand for the 16" specialized hotrock, and let it be something...
06-03-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,622
Posted By ebartom

We have both the back and front seats, and the...

We have both the back and front seats, and the front seats really offer a neat experience for kids that aren't that verbal yet. It's much easier to communicate with them when they're between your...
05-28-12, 07:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,725
Posted By ebartom

A friend has one, and complained that they're not...

A friend has one, and complained that they're not very compatible with panniers.
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-12, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,375
Posted By ebartom

1.5 miles is so easy on a bike, and really kind...

1.5 miles is so easy on a bike, and really kind of annoying by bus or foot or car (where I would have to park a half mile away anyway).
i'll be sad if / when I have to give up the bike ride!
Forum: Recumbent
05-15-12, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,375
Posted By ebartom

Ah, bummer! Well, enjoy it! And if you're...

Ah, bummer! Well, enjoy it! And if you're healed in a month or two and want to "rent it out" or something, let me know. It's really September, October, November that I'll be worrying the most...
Forum: Recumbent
05-14-12, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,375
Posted By ebartom

Earth Cycles Dragonflyer

Anyone know anything about this trike? I came across this Craig's list ad:

"Earth Cycles DRAGONFLYER recumbent 3-wheeler, tadpole style road/city cycle, 16 speeds, internal drum brakes, thumb...
05-01-12, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,181
Posted By ebartom

I think one of the big issues is helmet or no...

I think one of the big issues is helmet or no helmet? When jogging, people don't usually put a helmet on a baby in a stroller. Even if a baby is old/strong enough to support their own head, that...
05-01-12, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,181
Posted By ebartom

http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/access...

http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/accessories.php?accID=2
It's definitely not recommended for cycling. Which does not mean people don't do it.
04-28-12, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By ebartom

Oddly enough, my problem with the Peapod is that...

Oddly enough, my problem with the Peapod is that it's too massive and wrap-around-y and takes up too much cargo space. But I believe it's a Peapod I, not a Peapod III. It looks like this: ...
04-13-12, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,280
Posted By ebartom

I would check a used bikes store, if you can find...

I would check a used bikes store, if you can find one. Or Craig's List, if it's active in your area. You'll be able to get a higher quality bike at a lower price.
04-10-12, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,549
Posted By ebartom

We've used and loved the balance bikes. We tried...

We've used and loved the balance bikes. We tried tricycles too, but they didn't figure out the tricycles until well after they'd mastered the balance bike, at which point a trike was slow and...
04-10-12, 12:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,914
Posted By ebartom

I think you'd be better off with the utility...

I think you'd be better off with the utility bike; they'll be able to ride it for much longer, and you can use it for other stuff too. On our xtracycle we can carry two kids plus their two bikes and...
04-10-12, 12:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,725
Posted By ebartom

We have a trail-gator. It allows us to tow a...

We have a trail-gator. It allows us to tow a kid's bike with rider on it, and let them loose as their energy allows. It's been a nice compromise for us.
03-29-12, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,845
Posted By ebartom

What about putting yours on her head, as a game? ...

What about putting yours on her head, as a game? Is she old enough to enjoy telling you that that's your helmet, not hers? Maybe you can play a game of putting her helmet on you, and your helmet on...
03-29-12, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By ebartom

BTW -- Have you asked about this on the roots...

BTW -- Have you asked about this on the roots radical group? You may get lots of expertise or at least opinions.
03-29-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By ebartom

Make one that bolts onto a flight deck, and you...

Make one that bolts onto a flight deck, and you could probably sell it!
Forum: Recumbent
03-28-12, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,476
Posted By ebartom

Well, the guy on Craig's list hasn't answered my...

Well, the guy on Craig's list hasn't answered my email, so dipping a toe in may not be an option. We'll see! I've definitely gotten more excited about the possibilities since I initially saw the ad.
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-12, 11:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,476
Posted By ebartom

Good to hear! Any idea whether it would fit...

Good to hear! Any idea whether it would fit inside a small minivan, to transport home?

How is riding it on city streets? I'm a little wary of riding a recumbent in car traffic, though that's a...
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-12, 10:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,476
Posted By ebartom

Sun EZ-3

So -- I've never ridden a recumbent before, but I've been thinking about getting a recumbent trike, because of balance issues. Someone is selling a Sun EZ-3 on Craig's List for $250. Would this be...
03-25-12, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By ebartom

But not with a trail-gator. For that you really...

But not with a trail-gator. For that you really need just a mock seat post. I'd actually be interested in one that would go on a normal rack, too. My little one likes to ride her bike, but also...
03-19-12, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By ebartom

Oh! Haven't seen anything like that before, but...

Oh! Haven't seen anything like that before, but would LOVE to know more!
03-10-12, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Posted By ebartom

Sounds good! We have used "babylegs" a lot for...

Sounds good! We have used "babylegs" a lot for this purpose for our infants / toddlers, but they're rapidly outgrowing that solution. They're also useful for a kid in a carrier, where you want to...
02-29-12, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By ebartom

You can get a free radical kit to convert your...

You can get a free radical kit to convert your bike to a longtail (something like this http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicycles/xtracycle-cargo-bicycles/xtracycle-freeradical/freeradical-funwagon.html...
02-29-12, 05:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,119
Posted By ebartom

Having a child seat on the bike adds weight, and...

Having a child seat on the bike adds weight, and will make it a bit tippy, but you'll get used to it pretty quickly.
02-28-12, 03:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,119
Posted By ebartom

This would be our 3 kid solution:...

This would be our 3 kid solution: http://flickr.com/gp/fletzet/05Q560
But presumably you're not looking to buy a new bike, so yeah, rear kid seat sounds good, assuming it's compatible with the mount...
02-28-12, 02:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By ebartom

Actually, in our family, the kid is often pushing...

Actually, in our family, the kid is often pushing the hardest for bike over car. He gets car sick easily, and just doesn't like the car. So he is always trying to convince us that we can bike...
02-27-12, 02:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 525
Posted By ebartom

Accessories for kids bikes

I'm thinking of putting a rack and fenders on my son's 20" bike. Does anyone know if/where you can get them?
02-26-12, 02:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By ebartom

If you get an xtracycle or other long tail,...

If you get an xtracycle or other long tail, you'll have tons of cargo capacity for touring or groceries, and your 5 year old can ride on the rack with stoker bars. You can tow her bike if you ride...
02-19-12, 02:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,301
Posted By ebartom

Balance bikes are amazing. My son transitioned...

Balance bikes are amazing. My son transitioned from skuut to 12" inch specialized (without training wheels) the week he turned 3, and my daughter made the transition from a strider even earlier at...
02-16-12, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,622
Posted By ebartom

The Taga looks pretty neat. I would love to take...

The Taga looks pretty neat. I would love to take one on a test-drive. I really wonder if you could fly with it for free (like a stroller :) ). If so, you could take a vacation to somewhere that...
02-16-12, 06:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,049
Posted By ebartom

Btw, backpacking with kids under 3 is definitely...

Btw, backpacking with kids under 3 is definitely doable. You might want to check out this book: http://www.amazon.com/Babes-Woods-Camping-Boating-Children/dp/1594853436 and/or this forum: ...
01-25-12, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By ebartom

If the kids are excited, I think you're golden. ...

If the kids are excited, I think you're golden. My only concern (other than cost) would be having a 3 or 4 person bike with only 1 or 2 people that want to ride it. With 7 people to choose from,...
01-23-12, 10:37 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 23,584
Posted By ebartom

Here's my son's bike with his Bike glow: ...

Here's my son's bike with his Bike glow: http://flickr.com/gp/fletzet/3599Rz
My bike is in the background, but it didn't have one installed yet at that time. Now we have a 12" with purple light, a...
01-23-12, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By ebartom

You're looking at this, right? ...

You're looking at this, right? http://www.sandsmachine.com/a_bilt15.htm
Very cute! What do the kids think of the idea? Are they all happy riding the tandem you already have?
No experience with...
01-23-12, 10:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 687
Posted By ebartom

Do you think your wife would ride, too? You...

Do you think your wife would ride, too? You could get two mounting posts, I imagine, and switch a trailer between your bike and hers. Then you wouldn't need the stroller function.

We've never...
01-17-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 23,584
Posted By ebartom

We have bike-glows (http://www.bikeglow.com) on...

We have bike-glows (http://www.bikeglow.com) on our bikes, in all different colors. It's really nice for winter commuting, and fun when we're biking home late and each bike (including the kids') is...
01-08-12, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,286
Posted By ebartom

I think it'll be a very short-term problem. My...

I think it'll be a very short-term problem. My son learned the week he turned three, and there was also a short transition period with starting. Her second outing was already much better than the...
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