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Today’s family is the Carlsons from Seattle, WA. You can find Madeleine on Twitter @Familyride
What are the ages of your children?
4 and 2
What type of cycling does your family enjoy? (Road, mountain, commuting…)
Mostly commuting these days, though the boys take their balance bikes around the local mountain bike park.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
We love riding all over the Seattle, though in summer it’s great to get away from the cars and take the Burke-Gilman Trail to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.
Tell us about your favorite memory riding as a family.
Last month the kids and I crammed three days worth of stuff into two bags and rode the city bike downtown to the train station and took a trip to Portland where we had the best time and met a bunch of biking families. It was great to travel without a car and then have our familiar bike at our destination. I hope we can do this again in the summer.
Tell us a tip for getting the family out on bikes
Start small and bring plenty of snacks! Group rides are wonderful incentives. Many cities have Kidical Mass rides or look for rides with the local cycling club using descriptors slow, easy, or beginner..
Tell us about your bikes.
I don’t want to give the impression that one needs multiple bikes to ride with kids, but I have a few…
The kids and I have been riding a Surly Big Dummy for six weeks now and love our increased carrying capacity–I can carry two balance bikes or six bags of groceries plus the kids.
I often still use my other bike, a Bianchi Milano city bike equipped with Bobike mini and Bobike maxi+ kid seats. It’s small enough to fit in elevators and on the bus if we feel like “cheating.”
Today we took a ride in the snow using my mountain bike (GT i-drive 2.0) and double trailer. It worked really well and the kids stayed warm so this might be our under-40 degrees winter bike, though it’s not as fun having them so far away from me.
The kids are on balance bikes–a Kinderbike Renner and Kinderbike mini.
My husband rides a Trek Portland and sometimes takes one kid in single Burley trailer.