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    You know you are biking with kids when...

    You have a potty in your pannier.

    Your kids signal the lane changes and turns in the grocery store.

    Your toddler wants to lock up the shopping cart you are unloading so "no bady take it"

    How about you? Any stories?

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    You have no need for bike bells, bear bells, or "on your left" because of the high pitched squealing and laughing which is clearly audible for hundreds of feet any direction from your bike... this is especially true offroad and/or when moving faster than 15 mph.

    You never forget to go anywhere because your kids have the route memorized, along with all of the stops you are going to make, and won't stop reminding you... out loud. "and then we're going to the grocery store and then we're going to the hardware store, and then we're eating lunch because we need to go to Taco Bell, Dad... and then we're going home on the bumpy road because I need to lay down and take a rest." ... yup.

    Isn't it fun? There are some days I really want to be out by myself, but I definitely treasure the rides with the kids.
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    Your kids don't sing "Wheels on the Bus" but have approximately 26 homemade verses of "Wheels on the Bike"

    Your speedometer is based on how loud the kidlet is screaming. Slow = Screaming "Faster!" Medium = Singing "Wheels on the bike" Fast = Screaming "Yay!" Really fast = you can't hear her, she's fallen asleep.

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    Your Pannier Potty matches your bike's paint job

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    P9140955.jpgP8251181.jpg...when you want your kids riding the same brand as you have the last 25 years! In this case, the iconic blue Monark team in Sweden!
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    You know you are biking with kids when you can't knock the smile off your face.

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    When you have to stop at every park/playground you pass by whether want to or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dec1st View Post
    You have a potty in your pannier.

    Your kids signal the lane changes and turns in the grocery store.

    Your toddler wants to lock up the shopping cart you are unloading so "no bady take it"

    How about you? Any stories?
    You just rode two miles, but your legs hurt more than when you do 20 miles without a trailer.

    You have a bag of crushed crackers in your jersey pocket.

    You go "weeeeeeee" when you ride down hills.
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    Where did you get the panier potty, our camp potty won't fit

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    When my youngest (now 13) was around 2, I worked nights and had tons of time in the day to go riding with him in tow. My favorite memory is the day I was hauling (~22mph) down a MUP hill and a spoke popped on my front wheel, throwing the wheel crooked, and me onto the ground. The saving grace was the heavy trailer that kept me from going over the handlebars. After I got up, it was silent and I moved quickly to my son in the trailer. He looks at me, sees I'm okay, and yells,"let's do that again daddy!". The two of us laughed for the next two miles while I pushed the "train" home. He still laughs like that when he flies down hills.
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    When you carry a turtle home in your pocket because it won't fit in the seat bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boneshake View Post
    You just rode two miles, but your legs hurt more than when you do 20 miles without a trailer.

    You have a bag of crushed crackers in your jersey pocket.

    You go "weeeeeeee" when you ride down hills.
    I still go wheeeeeee! when I go down hills... by myself.

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    When part of your endurance training is when your little girl wants to sing songs going uphill because she's bored and you have to join in. Followed by wheeeeeeeee and faster papa on the downhill.

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    When wet wipes are an integral part of your post-ride cleanup.

    On the few solo rides you get, you're amazed at how quick you are and how small the hills are, it takes you until well after the ride to realize that it's because you were carrying 40lbs less.

    The net weight on your bike stays the same thru your kids growth spurt.

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    I don't have kids but 'm loving this thread! Keep 'em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enine View Post
    Where did you get the panier potty, our camp potty won't fit
    http://www.novanatural.com/baby-todd...re/chamber-pot
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    http://www.potette.com/

    We haven't ever had a poopy emergency while biking and I suspect the toddler pee isn't really any worse than dog pee.

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    When you bonk, look for a remedy and find a fruit rollup and a very debatable cheese stick. You're grateful for both.

    You finally manage to sort thru your saddlebag and find: A shovel, spiderman, a multitool, a box of raisins of unknown providence, your tire repair kit, headphones that were supposed to be upstairs and a large quantity of playground sand. You're still not sure what happened to the screwdriver.

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    when trying to drag my 300+ mass up the hill with the 5 year old in tow I said something about not liking hills, to which the boy answers. "It ok daddy, you worked hard. now you get in the back and I pedal home"
    Fricken love this kid!

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    When it's 4:30 am and you wake to a tiny face (with crazy bad morning breathe) two inches from your face saying "bike NOW Mum-mum!" and then get hit with a Paul Frank pirate monkey helmet. After all, the sun is up, why shouldn't we bike?

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    When the best complement your toddler knows is "pretty bike Mum-mum!"

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    When stalling for bedtime, your toddler suggests night-night kisses for Victoria, Clare, and Ernie and she's talking about the three bikes in the garage. (mine, oldest daughter's and hubby's)

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    Oh I like #21!

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    When your daughter would rather go to the bike shop than the toystore.

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    I really like #21 as well. I am working on getting my family biking.
    Quote Originally Posted by redeyedtreefr0g View Post
    Oh I like #21!
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    P9021212.jpgWhen the little says "go dad, go - race mum & big sis!". And to my knowledge, we always win. too bad he┤s soon too big to hang around behind me. (pic 1,5 year old, he┤s bigger today).
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