Family Biking

Below are stories about biking with your family. Click on a headline to read the full article.


Family Biking: Two tweens on a family bike (part two)

Posted on October 15th, 2019 at 9:18 am.

They fit! I’m borrowing a two-tween family bike.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Intersections are scary, until you wiggle around them

Posted on October 8th, 2019 at 10:04 am.

If my kids (sharrow, bike lane, bike box) still let me make them bike infrastructure costumes, they’d be intersections for Halloween.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Join us for the Kidical Mass Pumpkin Farm Ride

Posted on October 1st, 2019 at 10:59 am.

Pumpkin farms are a fall tradition ’round these parts. Join us!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Frog Bikes are a quality, lightweight option for young riders

Posted on September 24th, 2019 at 8:24 am.

Putting the Frog through its paces at Clever Cycles.
(Photo: Eva Frazier)

I recently visited Clever Cycles to see what they recommend for kid bikes and I really liked what I saw in Frog Bikes[Read more…]

Meet Skip Spitzer; a carfree, climate-change-fighting, single dad

Posted on July 2nd, 2019 at 11:48 am.

Skip Spitzer tows his son’s balance bike behind their trailer.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

This week we’re happy to share a profile of reader Skip Spitzer.

I met Skip on my Bike to School Day bike ride to the ‘Red for Ed’ rally, though I’d noticed his trailer in photos of various bike events around town before. As luck would have it, he was at the Woodstock Elementary play structure a couple weeks later while I was running a bike rodeo and he was nice enough to stick around for a conversation and a few photos…[Read more…]

Family Biking: Oxbow Regional Park is a great bike camping destination

Posted on June 25th, 2019 at 11:27 am.

Kidical Mass PDX at Gresham Main City Park en route to Oxbow Regional Park.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

We just returned from a weekend at Oxbow Regional Park with the annual Kidical Mass PDX bike camping trip and my kids declared it their favorite bike camping site in the area.[Read more…]

In front, in back, or at your side? Where should kids ride?

Posted on May 28th, 2019 at 9:46 am.

Other than getting confused by Fortnite references, I love riding side by side.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Front, back, side by side — these are all good ways to ride with kids! Different circumstances might call for different positioning during each ride, but I’m curious which configuration is your favorite and why. Non-family bikers, you can play, too, and share your preference(s) for riding with another adult.
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Family Biking: We all fall down

Posted on May 21st, 2019 at 10:48 am.

Staged photo of a bike crash.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Last week I took the corner into my backyard too slowly, caught my front wheel on a flagstone, and slowly tipped sideways against the side of my house. As time slowed down and/or my brain sped up in the heat of the moment, I thought about my crashes of years past.
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Feeling the strength of moms on Mother’s Day

Posted on May 14th, 2019 at 10:36 am.

We were all smiles for Mother’s Day.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

After re-reading my last year’s post On the exhaustion of motherhood and why I want to bike with other families on Mother’s Day I realize this is a tiring time of year for me. Despite the too little sleep and too much stress, thanks to my bike I still feel now as I did back when my kids were little: capable, strong, and free.[Read more…]

Grab the kiddos and get ready for the Gorge Pedal

Posted on May 7th, 2019 at 8:11 am.

Biking with kids in the Columbia River Gorge.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

As much as I love Portland proper and could happily spend all my days right here, I adore visiting the Columbia River Gorge — the waterfalls, the mighty Columbia, the trees, the flowers, the expansive views!
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