Family Biking with Madi Carlson

Each week Madi Carlson shares insights and adventures gleaned from raising two kids on two wheels.

This content is made possible by Clever Cycles, a family-oriented bike shop located on SE Hawthorne at 9th.


Family Biking: Madi Carlson, signing off

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on November 19th, 2019 at 10:54 am

Bye!
(Photo: Rijder Carlson)


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Family Biking: Kids + leaves = fun!

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on November 13th, 2019 at 8:59 am

Crunch! Riding through leaves is fun.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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)

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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)

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by 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…]

Family Biking: Volunteer for new middle-schooler community rides

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on September 17th, 2019 at 9:17 am

Practicing bike safety skills on the roads around our school.
(Photo: Madi Carlson)

Cycling education in local schools isn’t new — the City of Portland has been helping students learn bike safety skills since 2005. With partners like The Street Trust, the transportation bureau educates hundreds of elementary students through their Safe Routes to School program. This year they plan to graduate the program up to middle school.[Read more…]