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    OMFG! (MikeBiker: Might want to keep out, lest you squander your IQ ...)

    Since the moment we found out my wife was pregnant I've been day-dreaming about how I'd take my kid on a bike. Trailer? Front seat? Back seat? Side chariot?

    He just turned 1 a couple months ago and I always had that in my mind as "go" time. So on Friday we hopped in the car drove to the LBS and picked up a seat and a helmet. I was f-ing giddy in the store when he was trying on helmets. OMG.

    I had to work all day on Saturday and Sunday it rained most the day, but once the rain let up we went for a quick spin around the 'hood. He giggled the whole time. It was just awesome.

    Still don't know if a seat is the way I want to go ... all these toddler/bicycle transport solutions have pros and cons. But while I'm figuring it out I'll get my money's worth ... no doubt.

    And now my Soma cruiser/commuter is officially dispatched as a family RV. I even sawed off the front of the front fender (with the hula girl) so I could install a front rack to support my Gilles-Berthoud handlebar bag.

    Oh, and the helmet is by Trek, which kind of sucks. I had him try on a Giro but it was too big. Someday ...

    "He groaned when we hung the rope over the tree but was relieved to see the white pinata."
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    You should buy a new bike for "fast kid haulin'." It worked out well for you on the Gunnar.
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    That's awesome!

    I hope that's a non assploding Trek helmet.
    Move along...nothing to see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonlime
    You should buy a new bike for "fast kid haulin'." It worked out well for you on the Gunnar.
    As I say every year, my days of buying expensive bikes are over.


    Quote Originally Posted by CyreneSong
    That's awesome!

    I hope that's a non assploding Trek helmet.
    I'm waiting till he's 18 months before he gets a carbon helmet.
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    sweet. good times. we never tried the seat thing, just used the burley. we also went through several helmets since Chris hated having them on his head a first. J2 looks like he's been having a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomk96
    sweet. good times. we never tried the seat thing, just used the burley. we also went through several helmets since Chris hated having them on his head a first. J2 looks like he's been having a good time.
    I took this just before our first spin. By the second spin (after we got back from doing some errands) he was messing with the helmet.
    "He groaned when we hung the rope over the tree but was relieved to see the white pinata."
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    Yes.

    so awesome!

    congrats.


    // does Rapha make baby clothes?

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    My IQ has already dropped today. I tried to use a state governemnt web site.

    I used the bike seats for my kids. They all loved it. If I was going to do it over, I'd use a trailer. They keep the added weight lower and the kid moving around doesn't affect the bike as much.
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    Take him on some sweet gnarly singletrack. He will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    // does Rapha make baby clothes?
    God, I hope not.
    "He groaned when we hung the rope over the tree but was relieved to see the white pinata."
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    just took my daughter out for the first time for her one year bday- my folks got me a Burley Trailer for my day and was dying to try it out- same excitement as you, was awesome, till she started crying after a half hour- which was fine
    the helmet was way too big, need to go get another one-
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    i always did better with one-year olds in a backpack. more stable on me than on the bike. off road always was enjoyed by both of us, especially with some sweet air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedago
    just took my daughter out for the first time for her one year bday- my folks got me a Burley Trailer for my day and was dying to try it out- same excitement as you, was awesome, till she started crying after a half hour- which was fine
    the helmet was way too big, need to go get another one-
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BethanyInnocenti

    for the love of >> how do you imbed video.
    I don't plan on doing serious riding with him, so my primary concern is that he enjoys himself. A trailer makes sense for longer rides, or when he gets bigger, but I think right now he'd enjoy it more being closer to me and higher up and out in the wind.

    Oh, and usually just beneath a YouTube video there's a link for embedding. But your channel looks weird. I did get that link when the video finished, tho:




    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus
    i always did better with one-year olds in a backpack. more stable on me than on the bike. off road always was enjoyed by both of us, especially with some sweet air.
    Hadn't really thought about that, but I'd be concerned that if for some reason I went down, the kid would be more likely to get hurt.
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    Sounds like a fun day!

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    That's awesome! What a mug!

    BTW, has anyone seen the up-to-toddler-sized, metal-framed backpacks for hauling kids on a bike? I saw one during a stay at the sea a couple weeks ago: it looked crazy. My first (and wholly ignorant of reality) reaction was that the kid was so high up in the air (kid's head was higher than dad's) that if s/he fell it would be worse than if s/he fell from a seat...
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    dude, sweet. the giggles only stop when the smile is too big to allow them... my youngest loved it when i would pick him up from daycare on my bike.

    get him some sunglasses and he'll be ready for the maillot jaune.
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    We have one of those exact same helmets...I agree that it's the suck.

    Try a Lazer BOB (Baby on Board)...



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    I have twins so the trailer was the only option. Little guys in the trailer and helmets are an issue, their heads get pushed forward. By the time they were two, it wasn't a problem.

    Our deal was short ride, play at the park till the diapers got crapped, then long ride as they slept in the trailer.
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    Congrats Dr. Taking the kiddo out for a ride is fun.

    We started at about 6 weeks. Strapped the car seat in a burely and went out for a slow cruiser ride. She loved it. At 9 months she got her first bike. Training wheels and all that was pushed around the house for a long time. I think that my back is still recovering. I'm not sure how many bikes she's been through since then, but it's probably 6 or 7. By the time she was 7 she could do a good 9 mile ride on her own bike. She put over 100 miles on a 16" bike that summer. Now we have a tandem she rides with me and our longest ride is 50 miles. We might have to find a metric century this summer.

    In the last few months she started riding a unicycle.

    As for buying yourself more expensive bikes... yea that kind of stopped. We saved for a year to get the Co-motion periscope tandem. It's fantastic, but wasn't cheap.

    Witha grin like that, save those dimes and nickels and keep him on a good bike and soon you will have a riding partner. It doesn't take as long as you think.
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    Dude... that kid is ALWAYS happy!

    Cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chain
    We saved for a year to get the Co-motion periscope tandem. It's fantastic, but wasn't cheap.
    OMGWANT!

    But I'll wait till it goes up in price. Holy jeebus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUTT
    Dude... that kid is ALWAYS happy!

    Cool.
    Well I ain't finna post pics of him cryin.
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    We used Burley trailer for ours. I agree with the helmet pushing the head forward for awhile but my kids never lasted more than 20 minutes before they were asleep in the thing anyway. The girls giggled all the way and then it just got quiet. It was fun though!
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    I love this thread. Kids make you smile. A laughing child is one of the best sounds in the world.
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