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. 

Family Bike: Cargo Trikes

    There is so much to sift through when looking to buy a cargo bike. All of the many ways to carry kids by bike was covered in our Cargo Bike...

2018 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...

Top 12 Bike Rides in Calgary: With or without kids

Calgary by bike is the way to go. Our cycling infrastructure highlights the most beautiful and charming aspects of our prairie city. This mode of travel is always how we...

Why and How to Bike to School with Kids

  A couple of years ago, I was excited that my daughter had snagged a spot in our catchment-area French Immersion school. I eagerly attended the info night...

Road raging against my motherhood

That moment when you are riding your bike down the street, on a designated and signed "bike route" no less, and you transition from the street to a completely car-free pathway...

Transporting Kids by Bike: A journey

  How we got to where we are today In a nutshell, we like to bike and I got pregnant. We had a kid. Then we had another three years later!  And, we kept...

The Ultimate Bikepacking Gear List for Families

Sharing a packing list is a bit like taking a peak inside someone else’s closet! Read on for the big reveal…

Sometimes the practicalities of adventure kill the inspiration. For me, it's packing. Here is our family's #gearlist for #bikecamping (or #bikepacking) weekends. Having a good list really helps to keep this important job easy-peasy. #packinglist #familycamping #familyadventure #getoutside #biketouring #momslife #organization

Bikepacking: Spray Lakes Area

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights Location: Spray Valley Provincial Park Total distance: 53.6 km (or more) This is the perfect beginner family bikepacking or bike camping route. Plus,...

Spray West Road Photo Gallery


Family Bike: Bakfiets or Long-John Cargo Bike

    There is so much to sift through when looking to buy a cargo bike. So. Much. One that truly sticks out and is still quite an anomaly in North America...


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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.