Family Biking

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

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Gear Me Up

Posted on January 1st, 2020 at 8:16 am.

female cyclist standing in wet weather gear with bike

All set for a grocery run.

We’ve established my Ready, Fire, Aim personality and the caveats that may entail. Don’t worry. We are just getting started.

For this one, we have to go back in time. Back when I commuted a very long time to work in a sea of cubicles and wanted a bike for weekend fun. This is five or six years ago, and I got a “road bike.” At the time I didn’t have any beef with REI and didn’t really know what “road bike” meant; it was a previous year’s clearance so price was nice, it would fit my frame, and it was aesthetically pleasing to me. That was truly the extent of my needs at the time.[Read more…]

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Ode to Zen Bike Guy

Posted on December 26th, 2019 at 9:59 am.

group of cyclists riding at night in an urban setting, wearing casual gear and lots of lights on the bikes

Foster Night Ride photo by Krishna Muirhead

Now that we’re acquainted, my first and biggest question is:

“How are you not constantly having a heart attack?”

I know some of you are totally chill. I see you. I have this amalgamation of chill cyclists in my head, based heavily on a few in particular. One looks more like he’s hovering along, and there just happens to be a bike under him. You know the guy. No helmet, no hands on the handlebars, not even aware of the potholes, wearing all black sometimes with a plaid flannel variation, and certainly unconcerned with vehicles. He’s glorious. Sometimes he’s female. She has the cutest little basket in front of a big heavy cruiser, wearing a dress and sandals, and without any effort whatsoever is passing me up a hill. Sometimes it seems like folks of all kinds are passing me and not at all having the same level of stroke-inducing-crazy-car-magnet-luck I’m having.

Be honest with me, okay? Is there some law of diminished returns on wearing reflectors, all the lights, Day-Glo green and pink, and two rolls of reflective tape? Is there a point at which it starts being more like a flame-to-a-moth scenario? I know it happens with emergency vehicle lights and traffic, so you can tell me. I’ll believe you.[Read more…]

Introducing our new column: Becky Jo’s Carfree Life

Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 2:52 pm.

My 2nd grander and I when first trying out our new SUV. (Photos: Becky Jo)

(Publisher’s Note: I’m excited to introduce our new Family Biking columnist Becky Jo. You can expect her posts every Tuesday. Enjoy! – Jonathan)

Hi, I’m new here.

Funny story, or at least I hope I’m able to laugh at it someday. My family has gone completely carfree. It seemed like a logical plan at the time. See, our family consists of two parental units, one kid down at PSU in the dorms, one kid in high school, one kid in middle school, and one kid in elementary. (Don’t worry, that factory is closed.)

We had one car for all of us, and if you didn’t have access to said one car, you either waited, took the bus, walked, or biked.
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Family Biking: Madi Carlson, signing off

Posted on November 19th, 2019 at 10:54 am.

(Photo: Rijder Carlson)

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Family Biking: Gladys Bikes’ Saddle Library is the place to go for mom butts

Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 7:42 am.

The Gladys Bikes Saddle Library.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: How to fit two tweens on a family bike (the end)

Posted on October 29th, 2019 at 11:13 am.

The Urban Arrow was comfy for a 30-mile day.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Thoughts on carrying tweens and biking less

Posted on October 22nd, 2019 at 10:03 am.

Our big, once-a-year trip to the pumpkin farm. And yes those are tweens. Deal with it.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

It’s been eye-opening and fun playing at being an electric cargo biking mom these last few weeks. Except for the “aren’t they old enough to be on their own bikes?” comments (here, not in person). And yes, they (my two boys) often ride their own bikes, but I’m borrowing an electric cargo bike so I’m putting them in the front box. We all think it’s fun.[Read more…]

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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