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Old 07-15-08, 12:13 PM   #51
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Me and my 4-year old twins at the Davis 4th of July Criterium. It's becoming a family tradition: I race, the kids march in the parade, we take part in the kids' ride, then grab some lunch and head home for a nap before a big barbecue and fireworks. Great times.

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Old 07-15-08, 01:01 PM   #52
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Chaos twin powers activate!

I'm new here. Biked all around central Oklahoma for many years while in graduate school.
Now living on Maryland's eastern shore. Still using my circa 1992 Giant Iguana. But, now
I get to pull around the chaos twins in their trailer . So, here is a picture or two of my
biking set-up and the good times we have. Watch for us on the roads around Salisbury, MD.
Cheers!

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Old 07-30-08, 10:32 PM   #53
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My motivation for getting back into riding was/has been getting my two oldest to ride. My 7 year old is now on a 20" wheel bike and bugging me to let him ride the small-frame Trek Mountain bike that I picked up earlier this summer and my 5 year old is a peddling machine. That only leaves my 3 year old to teach, but it will not take him long. He is out of the garage door and asking me to ride around the block as soon as I open the garage door... Here are a few pics from our spring vacation on Hilton Head Island (both pics taken riding my folder while pulling trailer with 3 year old)...


7 year old enjoying the ride on the hard packed beach


Wife on her Peugeot Folder and 5 year old

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Old 07-31-08, 09:23 AM   #54
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Thanks for the pics - went to HH in 1993 for our honeymoon - LOVED the biking on the beach!!!!
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Old 08-03-08, 08:27 AM   #55
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Another father of twins here! This is how we get to preschool when the temperature's below 90°, it's not raining (much), and the cargo let me sleep more than 4 hours the night before:

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Old 08-07-08, 09:29 PM   #56
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My setup:


My cargo doing the pre-ride safety inspection:

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Old 08-15-08, 06:07 PM   #57
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Here we are ready to hit the road.

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Old 08-22-08, 07:23 PM   #58
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Okay, here is the new rig. A full train now. We are over 14 feet long, but still can turn in a residential street.



Looking to make up a dummy machine gun for the 'tailgunner'.
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Old 08-26-08, 08:07 PM   #59
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Here's my crew. 3 year old on the trailer bike and 10 month old in the Burley trailer, me on the blue Giant.

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Old 08-28-08, 02:20 PM   #60
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Just give the tailgunner a paintball gun.
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Sailors family joined the "train" theme with the morning commuter train.
It's really my own fault. I've noticed a good deal on a pair of Trail-a-Bikes on Craigslist two weeks ago, Little Sailor's 4th birthday is coming this Saturday, so he got an early birthday gift. Now of course he wants to pedal and absolutely refuses to ride in the trailer. During last two weeks we put over little over 60 miles on the trailer bike.
Here's a picture of our morning train:

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Old 09-25-08, 11:24 AM   #62
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Write up of how I built this and how it performs here: http://austinbikeblog.org/?p=736



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Old 09-26-08, 11:15 AM   #63
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My Current Favorite picture of me and my boys....
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Old 10-08-08, 09:33 AM   #64
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Guess I'll post this pic of our recent trip
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Old 10-08-08, 09:46 AM   #65
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I've got the chaos twins trying out their own transportation. Maybe they can pull me around
in a trailer soon.




Apparently, there is some truth shining down too....

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Old 10-08-08, 12:30 PM   #66
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Here we are on Sunday about to head out for the Princess Promenade ride:



As long as she's got a good book and something to eat, she's good for at least an hour:



And here we are under the Guy West Bridge in Sacramento on yesterday's ride:

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Old 10-13-08, 07:14 AM   #67
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we're not quite at the family cycling stage (daughter is just 4mos and NE winter is soon approaching), but i found my chariot trailer for a steal of a deal (60% off), and took the hefty plunge. it hauls all of our laundry to the laundromat (3 double loads and family-size detergent, etc.), and in jogger mode—while it's a bit of an obnoxious SUV on our local trails—there's no question that our daughter is in some baby wheeled-blissed-out-zen environment (i simply pull over to the side when other hikers are coming).

there was some question as to how the trailer would work with my commuter, since i have disc brakes. the QR and arm fit fine (it's a bit tight under my rear-rack, but it does fit), but the safety strap is too close to the disc rotor, and rubbed on several occasions when i was testing it; i simply attached the safety strap to the rear-rack, which is not ideal and surely not condoned by the legal-types at Chariot, but accomplishes all of the same tasks (the rack is stronger than the weak piece of nylon cord they use for a safety strap). and of course, under load, the disc brakes work flawlessly for stopping—no rim brake uncertainty!

i also found that my rear sks fender is just slightly short of being long enough to prevent kick-back. i found very minor particle matter coming off of the rear wheel—nothing of any concern, a few pieces of dried leaf that floated in past the screen—but i'd feel better if it were nothing at all, so i think i'll install a mud-flap on the end of the fender. i can't imagine riding without fenders, unless the front plastic guard was down.

finally, for those in apartment life, the Chariot folds down significantly, which is to say that it goes from the size of a Smart car to a folded-up Smart car (hyperbole), and which is also to say it still takes up *a lot* of storage space. it'd be easier if we had a proper garage; but we don't. Even so, i fit it into our largish storage closet (along with the bikes), just barely.

All things considered, i'm very excited about the prospects for this coming spring!


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Here's the 95th percentile 2.5 year old trying out his older bros bike around a culdesac.

http://home.mindspring.com/~vanillaice/crap/2.mpg

We have the tandem, trailabike, and trailer in our family also. I'll snap a pic.
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Old 10-25-08, 08:22 PM   #69
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It is fun to see that there are other families riding with "trains." This is our train at the moment, but I am thinking of changing the trailer for another Piccolo; has anyone on this forum had two Piccolos on the same train?
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Old 10-27-08, 11:35 AM   #70
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Hi Ann - we met you on the Tour du Port ride at the pizza lunch. I was with my husband and son (age 7) who ride a white TREK tandem with the stoker kit. Nice pics. If you look at the northeast forum someone (Barry) posted some pics of you all in the Tour Du Port thread.
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Old 11-03-08, 09:07 PM   #71
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Yes, I remember meeting your family ~ we had fun on our ride with Tour du Port.

I was wondering where you came across the pictures... was not able to find them.
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Old 11-04-08, 12:45 PM   #72
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Ann, here you go - hope this works.
He had the post in the northeast "regional" forum.

http://picasaweb.google.com/abikeisgr8/TourDuPort2008#

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Old 11-04-08, 06:53 PM   #73
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Finally convinced my 7 yr old to ride his own bike down the hill out of the neighborhood (he would only do it on the trail-a-bike before) to go downtown to the farmers' market and some other errands:



This frees me up to pull our daughter in the trailer and my wife to not have to carry anything at all back up the hill to the house, so that's a win all around. And the more we keep him on his own bike, the easier it will be to transition the t-a-b entirely over to my daughter. The 2 kids are pretty different size/shape so right now it's just too much work to switch bars/seat around between them, and the t-a-b is just his. Soon it will just be hers.
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My son said he likes this better than the trail-a-bike:

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