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    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    As I'm about to have a baby, i'm thinking of in a few years when they are older / on the back of the xtracycle ... trying to think of a good list of good, flat, enclosed / bike-path locations for taking little ones that has a lot of space on either side (grass) and slower traffic from other bikers / no car traffic / less bike traffic. For either when they are on the back of the bike or on their own bike ...

    Thinking probably portions of Mission Bay loop, OB Bike path, coronado silver strand south portion, maybe some of the lake loops (miramar / murray / etc). others ? Suggestions ?
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    T:As I'm about to have a baby, i'm thinking of in a few years when they are older / on the back of the xtracycle ... trying to think of a good list of good, flat, enclosed / bike-path locations for taking little ones that has a lot of space on either side (grass) and slower traffic from other bikers / no car traffic / less bike traffic. For either when they are on the back of the bike or on their own bike ...

    Thinking probably portions of Mission Bay loop, OB Bike path, coronado silver strand south portion, maybe some of the lake loops (miramar / murray / etc). others ? Suggestions ?


    Congrats on your new baby T! San Diego is awesome for baby biking, you've got till he /she is around the age of one b4 you could put them in a bike chair. However, living by the beach I have seen all sorts of families on bikes w what looked like babies only a few weeks old in those "ergo" style chest baby backpacks. I live in PB by the library and ride w my son all over the mission bay loop and into OB. There are playgrounds scattered all around- Fanuel is cool, Santa Clara has a mellow low lying fenced in playground that is great for new babies since it rarely has big kids running all over it. My personal favorite is Mission Point Park at S. Mission Jetty. You can do a full loop if you don't mind riding on a little side walk etc. Good luck and enjoy! Here is one of the many loops I have road w my son on the iBert seat: https://www.strava.com/activities/161034793

    20140830_110727
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    Carlsbad Farmers Market on a Wednesday

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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
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    Cargo Bikes: Go ahead bring the kitchen sink

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121034522
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2015
     
    Cross-post from the cargo bike thread, but since this is a 'family / child portaging' thread I thought these deserve a post:

    http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-one/

    http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-2/
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2015
     
    Dutch SUV's

    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2015
     
    I'm thinking the Burley child trailer is a better kid portaging alternative to the xtracycle (easier to contain them and also store groceries / etc). anyone else use that for the kids?

    http://www.burley.com/shop/wpimages/trailersthroughtheyears.pdf

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bab/4875151895.html

    lots on craigslist ... seems to be $100-$300 or so ... prob good for a few years when they are 1-3 years old..
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    Spotted in the Wild: Vision Recumbent Tandem with DIY Passenger Area


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    DIY Longtail Projects to haul kids

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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2015 edited
     
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    Child seat via twittter

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2015 edited
     
    Used a ratchet strap to strap on a Bobike child seat on the Cycle Truck Beavertail cargo bike. It was a pain to properly install the child seat let alone removing it. So this worked really well. Used a clamp on beach umbrella behind the child seat. Pups on the integrated front rack. Stable and wide dual kick stand is very very important when riding with kids.
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    Yuba Spicy Curry e-cargobike with Currie Tech mid-drive motor.



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    Turbo Bob visits North County Family Bicycles in Carlsbad. I heard that the two Bullitts are on sale! Call and ask for it.




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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2015
     
    North County Family Bicycle did a fine job on my Brompton's "tune up."
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015 edited
     
    This is a high school not elementary. Teenagers and young adults are very capable of walking from the driveway to the gate. If parents are worried about cars then private cars need to be removed from the school grounds all together. The School bus must have high priority going in and out of highschool. This is just insane and I refuse to take part in this insanity.


    It must be much worse in the afternoon where parents jockey in position to pick up their teenagers. So this new plan from the school hopefully create some order. Due to this mayhem the school bus gets 30-40 minutes delayed. I suggested giving high priority to the school buses that pick up kids from the offsite pick up and drop off zones.


    My morning plan is to park the van either at the east end of the San Luis River Trail or nearby neighborhood near Guajome Park then ride 1 mile to Mission Vista HS. My son rides the school bus in the afternoon and walks the rest home. Unfortunately, there is no NCTD bus route that goes to Mission Vista HS even though there is an elementary school nearby with NCTD Oceanside 303 bus route. This car-centric design is just insane. Were taking the trails and quiet neighborhood back roads.
    Inaugural bike back to school day. Scouting for trails to my son's highschool.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2015
     
    regarding the clown-car line of parents dropping off their kids at school, you really should read this article from Mr. Money Mustache ... I think you and him have similar views!

    http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/04/22/curing-your-clown-like-car-habit/
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
    I wrote about this nonsense in HuffPo a few years ago:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-volk/cycling-or-walking-to-sch_b_305429.html

    Do they have secure parking for bikes there?

    My son's elementary school did have this, then they removed it sometime around 2006 because ... yes ... they didn't want the 'liability' of children biking to school. But parents complained and it's now the parking is back and cycling is encouraged.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2015
     
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    bikingbill:I wrote about this nonsense in HuffPo a few years ago:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-volk/cycling-or-walking-to-sch_b_305429.html

    Do they have secure parking for bikes there?

    My son's elementary school did have this, then they removed it sometime around 2006 because ... yes ... they didn't want the 'liability' of children biking to school. But parents complained and it's now the parking is back and cycling is encouraged.


    Yes, there is a secured bike corral. I see more teens riding skateboards from two nearby neighborhoods and very few bike riding. The school is totally accessible via Oceanside San Luis River Trail or from Guajome Park with a short ride thru a neighborhood.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2015 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2015
     
    On the topic of bike trailers / handlebar baby bike seats / balance bikes, I just found this site and it seems to have a lot of awesome reviews, and side by side comparisons.

    http://www.twowheelingtots.com/
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2015
     
    T:Cross-post from the cargo bike thread, but since this is a 'family / child portaging' thread I thought these deserve a post:

    http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-one/

    http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-2/


    The bike shop has kept going on their trend of highlighting families happily buying cargo bikes to portage their kids!

    Part 3: http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-three/

    Part 4: http://familycyclery.com/the-family-of-go-part-4/
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2015
     
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2015 edited
     
    Grabbed a copy of Bicycle Times magazine featuring cargo bikes and family biking. Flipping through the magazine, I saw a photo I submitted a while ago with me giving my stepson a ride on the Surly Big Dummy.



    Front page of Magazine
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2015 edited
     
    My niece getting a ride on the Xtacycle Sidecar that is attached to the Surly Big Dummy cargobike

    Instagram photos
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    Vintage single speed tandem

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    Best deal on a cargo bike. The folding sidecar and Hooptie alone are $300+tax.

    Ultimate Cargo/Family Bicycle | Xtracycle Cargo Joe - $1000 (Sherman Oaks)
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/bik/5374647812.html



    Selling my much loved folding cargo bike. Used for hauling multiple kids as well as groceries and large items. Paid a pretty penny for the bike plus accessories but I moved from Venice to the valley and no longer have access to the wonderful bike paths. You can easily bike with 3 kids on this stable and fun bicycle.

    Included:
    Cargo Bike
    Xtracycle sidecar
    Xtracycle Hooptie Child Carrier
    Ibert Safety Seat Child Carrier.

    http://www.xtracycle.com/hooptie-child-carrier/
    http://blog.xtracycle.com/cargojoe1/
    http://www.amazon.com/iBert-Safe-T-Seat-Front-Child-38-Pounds/dp/B0048MB82A
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2016
     
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    Three reasons to ride a long tail cargobike

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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2016
     
    Dutch SUV

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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2016
     
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    Before I go to the store or craigslist, I wanted to check in to see if anyone had a front mount child seat they were looking to sell.

    There is a $100 one on Amazon, the brand is ibert, has anyone used these? They have pretty good reviews...
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    randomjive:Before I go to the store or craigslist, I wanted to check in to see if anyone had a front mount child seat they were looking to sell.

    There is a $100 one on Amazon, the brand is ibert, has anyone used these? They have pretty good reviews...


    I had a used one but sold it very quickly on CL. It is a popular product. A good alternative is the one that attaches to the steerer tube and seat post. I can't remember the name.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2016
     
    randomjive:Before I go to the store or craigslist, I wanted to check in to see if anyone had a front mount child seat they were looking to sell.

    There is a $100 one on Amazon, the brand is ibert, has anyone used these? They have pretty good reviews...


    I really have been impressed by this site to compare all the brands

    http://www.twowheelingtots.com/child-bike-seats-landing-page/
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2016 edited
     
    One cargobike in; one cargobike out. Surly Big Dummy, 18" ctt, medium, gloss utility black as seen on this thread. Scroll up to see more pics

    Xtracycle freeloader slingbags, wide loaders. Saddle, handlebar, and tires will vary depending of type or riding. I can customize that for you.
    More details http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/5859416402.html



    Some of you may have seen it at the SD Velodrome swapmeet where I hauled bike stuff to sell or when I hauled bike-overnight camping gear plus 3 pups to San Elijo.