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This Mom Bikes.

Bikepacking, biking with kids, & active transportation

Ever wondered how to carry a kid or two (or more) by bike? Commonplace in other parts of the world, North Americans are starting to embrace the myriad of ways that you can transport kids by bike. Here is a cargo biking dictionary for kid-carrying, describing each way possible that you can carry kids by bike (or trike). This is a general overview with links to comprehensive posts on each method, including all known brands, like this piece on bakfietsen.

Or what about biking with your baby? Rare in North America but completely commonplace in a country like the Netherlands. Here is what you need to know for the infant stage and the older baby/toddler stage to help get you back on the bike in your new life with kids!

Cycling forms an integral part of our lives. Plus, we are lucky and live in a neighbourhood with lots of quiet streets and off-street infrastructure, so biking with our babies started early -- perhaps you're in the same boat but just aren't sure how to get started. Read those two pieces and the cargo bike dictionary.

Want to get your kid rolling on their own two wheels? How? With what bike? Whether you are just starting out on balance bikes or are looking for a geared 20" bike, these thorough buying guides will help you to know what to look for, like fit, weight, and important features so that you can succeed at snagging a great used bike or buying the right one new!

Got wanderlust, like me? Have a peek inside our bags if you need help figuring out what to pack for a bike camping, touring, or bikepacking adventure with your young family. Peruse pages on missions accomplished and those in the daydreaming stage: the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, KVR in BC, Scotland, the Netherlands...

Most of our biking is functional, not adventurous. Considering adding active transportation into your or your family's lifestyle? It can be as simple as walking or biking your child to school or swimming lessons. Be it that your motivations are financial, environmental, or health-based -- or perhaps you just love riding bikes (and not driving cars), there are lots of reasons to inspire you.

Netherlands Family Bike Tour: A journal – Day 3 of riding

We awoke in the so-so campground, had breakfast, and packed up. We are slow in the mornings, still, and this will be the trend throughout most of the trip, which is mostly okay....

Netherlands Family Bike Tour: A journal – Day 2 of riding

We had a fairly slow start but better than the previous day, unfortunately our efforts to get ahead of the heat of the day were foiled by the sun and it was already quite warm...

Netherlands Family Bike Tour: A journal – Day 1 of Riding

We awoke at the hostel and had to wake the girls in order to make it to breakfast before they stopped serving it. Oh jet lag! My eldest was uncharacteristically surly about...

Netherlands Family Bike Tour: A journal – Travel Day

The lead up to this trip was hectic. I had taken on a contract external to my blog and full-time parenting role – the first time I had done so since having two kids, so planning...

Babboe Carve Mountain Tilting e-Trike: Review

Guest post written by Sara Hastings-Simon, cargo biking mom extraordinaire! The Babboe Carve Mountain is a tilting cargo trike with e-assist that can transport kids and/or...

Babies, Bellies, & Beyond: Cycling with precious cargo – a panel from 2019 Winter Cycling Congress

We did a thing and it felt good. By 'we' I mean myself (Lindsay) and the lovely mamas from Commit2Commute, Kayley Fesko and Kim Fisher. We shared our stories about cycling while...

Trying to increase active transportation at my kid’s school

I consider it to be common knowledge now that we all need to move our bodies, more so than ever before. For our kids, it is recommended that they get 60 mins of moderate to...

Children Cycling Around the World

The North American bias is that children do not cycle to commute. They may ride a bike for fun, for "exercise", for sport, but not to get to school, swimming lessons, or the...

Tout Terrain Singletrailer: Review

The Tout Terrain Singletrailer is a single wheel bicycle trailer with suspension, designed to carry young children over smooth or rough ground – and it does its job well!...

2019 Buying Guide to the Best 14 inch Bike: Boys or Girls

The kid in your life is ready for their first pedal bike! What a happy day for every bike loving caregiver out there. In this guide you will find...


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Biking with Kids

It is possible to bike with young children. In fact it is liberating. Read on for more resources.