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Old 01-02-16, 06:48 AM
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any single parents out there?

any single parents out there? My bike was stolen about 2 years ago, and i have not got a bike since, now that i have a baby, 8 months old, i really really miss riding, but i just don't see how i can justify buying a bike, i might not ever get the chance to ride, so if your a single parent how do you get time to ride?
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Old 01-02-16, 07:07 AM
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So I'm not a single parent but lots of parents ride with their kids on the bike. 8 months is probably too young but there's info out there on the info web on this issue,

Carrying your infant by bike: How young is too young? - BikePortland.org

It's almost time for a utility bike for you and your child, . The best bet is a vintage mountain bike (the kind with a rigid fork). They're easy to fix up and cheap on craigslist. There's little demand for them, there's a lot of them out there, and they tend to withstand the ravages of time better than road bikes because they have stout wheels and parts.

When you start to look for one, you can post links to the bikes to the C&V appraisal forum. You'll get good feedback on whether it's a bike worth owning. You can pick up a stout vintage mountain bike for between $100 and $200. I picked up one for my daughter for $50 (a specialized rockhopper) and had to sink another $50 in parts plus labor to get it running.

The expensive stuff will be, you guessed it, all the kid stuff,
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any single parents out there? My bike was stolen about 2 years ago, and i have not got a bike since, now that i have a baby, 8 months old, i really really miss riding, but i just don't see how i can justify buying a bike, i might not ever get the chance to ride, so if your a single parent how do you get time to ride?
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Old 01-02-16, 07:30 AM
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ooo thank you, i never thought of bringing him with me, that article says at least 6 months but more likely 9-12 months, so it looks like ill start looking into equipment and researching. i guess i wont be able to go for a 30 mile bike ride but it will be nice to just get on the bike, and include my son
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Get a bike and a trailer, and use the bike as much as possible for your routine errands and such: grocery shopping, trips to the library and park, etc. Your child can ride along in the trailer. Worked well for me, anyway, and when they got older I put them on the back of the tandem with a "kid-back" adapter so they could reach the cranks. We became quite popular at drop-off and pick-up times at school.
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Old 01-02-16, 09:21 AM
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do you perfer trailer over those front of the bike seat carriers?
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There are plenty of bike shops up your way. And riding a bike provides you with the exercise you need to stay healthy for that baby. Go to a bike shop or two and explain your budget and look at the several bikes, bike seats and trailers available. The folks in the Recreational & Family forum (farther down the main Bike Forums page) can offer good advice too.
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Originally Posted by flagrl View Post
do you perfer trailer over those front of the bike seat carriers?
I do, for a couple reasons: first, a trailer gives you much more cargo capacity. I could carry two children and all our groceries in the trailer. Second, the weight is not on your bike, so the handling isn't affected. Finally, if/when you get an opportunity to ride on your own, you can simply disconnect the trailer and enjoy riding unencumbered by the cargo/passenger facilities of the trailer.
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Old 01-02-16, 03:26 PM
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yea after doing a little reading today, i settled on a trailer, i think it will be a thula chariot cheetah, with a bike kit and a baby supporter, that could change, but im really liking them from what ive read/watched today
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yea after doing a little reading today, i settled on a trailer, i think it will be a thula chariot cheetah, with a bike kit and a baby supporter, that could change, but im really liking them from what ive read/watched today
A child seat like a WEE RIDE has some advantages. #1 . The child is in front of you but behind the handlebar which means the child can see easily. #2 . You can see the child at all times. #3 . The wEE RIDE is narrower by far than a trailer a consideration when going past barriers and things.From the WEE RIDE site:

"The best in child comfort and safety!
–For children 1-4 years old.
–Padded dashboard and seating area.
–5 point safety harness.
–Adjustable foot cups protect and support your child’s legs and feet.
–Child is visible at all times.
–Improved balance due to your child’s central position on bicycle.
–Enhanced safety because your arms surround your child.
–Easy to remove for riding alone.
- See more at: FRONT SEATS | Product Categories | WeeRide International"

OOPS! It says 1 year old. Your child is 8 months old.

Both a trailer and a seat like the Wee Ride have their advantages and disadvantages.

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I have to agree with getting a used fully rigid mountain bike, and you can even buy the trailer (or whatever set up for the baby you want) used for pretty cheap too. Not sure of your budget ofcourse. They are also very versitile, so you can change it up as you wish - slicks/knobbies, flat/drop bar, racks, fenders, etc.

I lucked out in finding a new condition fully rigid "used" 1995 Specialized Hardrock Sport on craigslist this past summer. In my area, there seem to be just as many, if not more, used mountain bikes for $30-$200, and so many used child carriers and trailers.

I bought it so i could ride with my son (yes, single parent also) who is 3 and had just gotten his own first real bike. We ride on pavement ofcourse, so i put on 1.5 slicks and made sure the bike i bought him had slicks as well. I never thought, when he was younger, to get a bike and a trailer though - im sure he wouldve really enjoyed that! I think it will be a great bonding time for you both, and really enjoyable. Id go for the trailer as well!

As for free time to ride, alone - Im not sure of your schedules and such. I have my son part time, and he is also in school, so we have time to ride together and time for me to ride solo. Had i done this when he was a baby, im sure it wouldve been harder to find the solo time as I only had a babysitter for one day a week, for about 4 hours. Though, i really love the idea of taking the babies/kids with!
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Old 01-03-16, 05:27 AM
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I'm not a single parent but my brother was an only child.
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Old 01-03-16, 06:06 AM
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its almost impossible for me to go on bike rides alone,unless i convince my my mom to watch him which i dont see happening lol.
ill look into mountain bikes thank you you guys have been
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Just want to throw a vote in for a bike-mounted seat rather than a trailer. They're a lot more fun and interactive for kids and parents and don't generate the drag that a trailer does.
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Old 01-04-16, 12:28 PM
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ill go with a trailer, for many reasons, the main one being safety for him, and after reading a little it fits my lifestyle a little more, i can do more than just use it as a bike trailer
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I use a trailer, I don't know what I'll do when she outgrows it. I guess she'll ride with me on her own bike.
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I use a trailer, I don't know what I'll do when she outgrows it. I guess she'll ride with me on her own bike.
When she outgrows the trailer, get a trailer that they can sit on like an actual bike, and do some pedalling of their own.

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