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02-15-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,246
Posted By mel2012

There are several options ...

There are several options

https://hollandbikeshop.com/en-gb/bicycle-seat/bobike-bicycle-seat/bobike-junior/bobike-rear-child-seat-junior-classic-black-assemblyset/?currency=USD
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01-09-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,250
Posted By mel2012

The May is Bike Month website has statistics on...

The May is Bike Month website has statistics on all of the "Team" challenges for 2018. While there are employer teams mixed it, overall it's a good list of various cycling clubs and groups that exist...
07-27-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 937
Posted By mel2012

How tall is he? Have you considered getting a...

How tall is he? Have you considered getting a 3-speed IGH folding bike? That would be easier than trying to convert a 24", My 9-year old, who is 57" tall, can ride both of my folding bikes (Brompton...
07-19-18, 09:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,120
Posted By mel2012

This is fair point. I don't have any experience...

This is fair point. I don't have any experience with taller frames, since they're very hard to find in the US (I had a hard time finding a stepthrough that was large enough for me at 5'7"). Your...
07-18-18, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,120
Posted By mel2012

I'm a woman, so maybe my perspective is biased,...

I'm a woman, so maybe my perspective is biased, but I believe the bias against step-through frames has everything to do with gender stereotyping ("that's a girl's bike") and very little to do with...
06-19-18, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,018
Posted By mel2012

Is Trek not making the 26" Dual Sport Kids model...

Is Trek not making the 26" Dual Sport Kids model anymore? That seems like it would be perfect for your needs -- a kid's sized 26" wheel bike with an aluminum frame:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-18, 01:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,068
Posted By mel2012

This is brilliant, thank you for the idea! I just...

This is brilliant, thank you for the idea! I just tried it with my T-bag, a longer shoulder strap I had laying around and a velcro strap and it feels pretty comfortable. We're getting ready for an...
06-07-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,740
Posted By mel2012

I would not recommend the Hedgehog unless you...

I would not recommend the Hedgehog unless you live in a very hilly area or want to change out the rear cog. The stock gear ratio really limits the max speed on flat ground. We had one for only 9...
06-04-18, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,419
Posted By mel2012

If the rack hasn't been designed or tested by the...

If the rack hasn't been designed or tested by the manufacturer to mount a baby seat, it's unlikely that the bike shop or manufacturer will vouch that it's safe to do so. It's notable that the rack...
05-29-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,036
Posted By mel2012

Having tried both styles, the Piccolo is a much...

Having tried both styles, the Piccolo is a much more stable design, with the rack attachment mechanism vs. the seatpost mount for the Trek. For a 3-year old the gears may be a distraction, but for an...
03-09-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,280
Posted By mel2012

With a rear-mounted child seat, I recommend going...

With a rear-mounted child seat, I recommend going with the easiest mount/dismount option, which would be the Verve. You don't want to be tipping the bike to get on and off, as it will already be...
03-09-18, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,103
Posted By mel2012

I never tried the Ride Along, but I did use the...

I never tried the Ride Along, but I did use the iBert, Yepp Mini, and Bobike Mini. Of the three, I found that the Bobike Mini had the most clearance when squeezing on/off to mount/dismount and riding...
03-07-18, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 27,198
Posted By mel2012

My 7 year old son is 50" now. He was about 48"...

My 7 year old son is 50" now. He was about 48" last fall when we bought him a Woom 5 24" bike for his 7th bday as a size up from his 20" Islabike Beinn Small, which he'd been riding for over 2 years....
Forum: Commuting
02-08-18, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By mel2012

Sportworks is one of the pre-dominant...

Sportworks is one of the pre-dominant manufacturers of transit bus bike racks in the United States. The specifications for their racks are contained on their website: ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-18, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,522
Posted By mel2012

Looks like Holland Bike Shop sells quite a few...

Looks like Holland Bike Shop sells quite a few folders:

https://en.hollandbikeshop.com/buying-a-bicycle/folding-bike/
Forum: Commuting
02-05-18, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,444
Posted By mel2012

I had the Windsor Kensington 8 for several years...

I had the Windsor Kensington 8 for several years and was perfectly happy with it, but it is heavy. Performance Bike has the Breezer Downtown 8 available in men's and women's for about $400 if you buy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-31-18, 03:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 14,525
Posted By mel2012

We have a Mobic City X7 bike and it fits inside...

We have a Mobic City X7 bike and it fits inside this Samsonite Tote that's compliant with the 62 linear inch requirement, with just one pedal removed...
01-26-18, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,031
Posted By mel2012

We have a business in Sacramento like that:...

We have a business in Sacramento like that: https://www.ediblepedal.com/ They deliver from local restaurants and CSAs. The draw for the restaurants/businesses is to able to tout the sustainability of...
01-23-18, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,072
Posted By mel2012

Totally random response, but as I was scrolling...

Totally random response, but as I was scrolling through journals on crazyguy, I found her. Reading through her blog entries, it sounds like she's lost some of her biking mojo over the last few years...
12-18-17, 04:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,519
Posted By mel2012

Are you looking for drop bar only or would a flat...

Are you looking for drop bar only or would a flat bar bike be okay? For flat bar bikes, there's the Woom (size 5 or 6, depending on height), the Trek Dual Sport (26" wheels), PreVelo Alpha 4. Or this...
12-18-17, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,615
Posted By mel2012

Just in case you haven't made a buying decision...

Just in case you haven't made a buying decision yet, I'd recommend this Nishiki:
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/nishiki-boys-manitoba-24-hybrid-bike-17nisynshkmntbb24bjp/17nisynshkmntbb24bjp
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11-02-17, 04:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,831
Posted By mel2012

As stated above, there are other entrants in this...

As stated above, there are other entrants in this category -- the Haul-a-day, Boda Boda, the Kinn Flyer, the Kona MinUte (since discontinued), and the Cycle Trucks Beavertail and Cycle S.U.B. (cargo...
07-21-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,664
Posted By mel2012

The Fr8 is insanely over built. I had one for 3...

The Fr8 is insanely over built. I had one for 3 years and carried up to 400 lbs (self+2 kids+groceries) with nary a shimmy or frame flex. At times when my kids are wiggling around on the back of my...
07-19-17, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,935
Posted By mel2012

Honestly, for very young children, the best seats...

Honestly, for very young children, the best seats are front-mounted seats like the iBert, Yepp Mini, and Bobike Mini that have a sleeping surface option for them to slump onto, plus since they are...
07-17-17, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,327
Posted By mel2012

That's definitely not too long, assuming she has...

That's definitely not too long, assuming she has a decent bike (i.e., not a single speed steel beast). We've done some bike camping trips and tours with our kids. Most recently, my 8-year old and...
07-13-17, 04:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 34,838
Posted By mel2012

This is a zombie thread that someone who is...

This is a zombie thread that someone who is probably a bot resurrected. However, I have to say that while I love our Islabike Beinn 20, Islabike lost my business with their last two rounds of price...
07-12-17, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,304
Posted By mel2012

Have you looked at the Bike Friday Haul-a-day?...

Have you looked at the Bike Friday Haul-a-day? Love ours, it's a great bike: https://www.bikefriday.com/folding-bikes/bikes/haul-a-day/ It has the advantage of independently standing on end, so it is...
06-21-17, 01:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,829
Posted By mel2012

I test rode both the Linus and Public equivalents...

I test rode both the Linus and Public equivalents before I bought a Bikes Direct Windsor Kensington 8 bike and I couldn't see what the fuss was about with either brand. The paint seemed like the only...
06-19-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,434
Posted By mel2012

Maybe look at the Fuji Ace 24: Fuji Ace 24" Kid's...

Maybe look at the Fuji Ace 24: Fuji Ace 24" Kid's Bike - 2015 (http://www.performancebike.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10052_10551_1170659_-1___00000)


Or your local Craigslist. Ours has...
05-26-17, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,657
Posted By mel2012

Are you still in the Bay Area? If so, check out...

Are you still in the Bay Area? If so, check out Vie Bikes (Vie | Let's Roll! (http://viebikes.com/)), they have a variety of cargo bikes you can test ride for up to a week. Regarding the hitch, if...
05-18-17, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,229
Posted By mel2012

The Chariot trailers do have a weight-adjustable...

The Chariot trailers do have a weight-adjustable suspension.
04-11-17, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,780
Posted By mel2012

It's expensive, but the Ursus Jumbo kickstand is...

It's expensive, but the Ursus Jumbo kickstand is the bomb. I never hesitated to depend on that kickstand to hold the bike up while loading my kiddo and then unengaged the kickstand and hop on (I had...
03-31-17, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,994
Posted By mel2012

Fair point, I'd forgotten that there is a 20"...

Fair point, I'd forgotten that there is a 20" Cannondale Street (which, per bike24, weighs in at around 21 lbs) which would be comparable to the Hotrock Street 20. The 24" Street with the lefty fork...
03-31-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,994
Posted By mel2012

From a weight to price ratio standpoint, if you...

From a weight to price ratio standpoint, if you were buying it new, the Cannondale is not a good value, since it comes it at least 25% higher weight than many of the competitive bikes (let's face it,...
03-17-17, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,504
Posted By mel2012

So this may seem counter-intuitive, but for a...

So this may seem counter-intuitive, but for a cheap solution, you might look at buying a used trailer to hook up to the trail-a-bike. It's like your idea of the "training wheels" -- it provides...
03-15-17, 03:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,476
Posted By mel2012

Also, the "girl's" version of the Giant Escape 24...

Also, the "girl's" version of the Giant Escape 24 is the Liv Alight 24 and it's also right in line with what you're looking for: https://www.liv-cycling.com/us/bikes-alight-24
03-15-17, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,476
Posted By mel2012

My 8-year old daughter who is about the same...

My 8-year old daughter who is about the same height/weight as your daughter rides a 24" Hotrock Street (no suspension fork) that we got used for $100. We swapped out the heavy alloy handlebar and...
03-03-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,504
Posted By mel2012

We have a FollowMe tandem, which is a great...

We have a FollowMe tandem, which is a great solution -- much more stable than a standard trail-a-bike and allows them to use their own bike when it is safe. We got ours for a great deal through...
10-17-16, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,643
Posted By mel2012

Faraday has two models with an IGH and motor:...

Faraday has two models with an IGH and motor: Faraday Porteur diamond frame electric city bike (http://clevercycles.com/faraday-porteur-diamond-frame-electric-city-bike)


Faraday Cortland step...
09-22-16, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,910
Posted By mel2012

Absolutely a cargo bike. My kids are 6 and 8 and...

Absolutely a cargo bike. My kids are 6 and 8 and we have both a cargo bike (Bike Friday Haul-a-Day) and a T900 tandem plus Burley Kazoo. The tandem is fun if the kids are the mood to ride, but if...
09-15-16, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By mel2012

This is the 7-speed, rather than the 8-speed, but...

This is the 7-speed, rather than the 8-speed, but maybe it would work:
Buy Rear Wheel 26-1.75 Rim Alu Brake Hub 7S - BigBull - Silver at HBS...
09-13-16, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,253
Posted By mel2012

I haven't ridden a Big Dummy, but I had the same...

I haven't ridden a Big Dummy, but I had the same experience with the Xtracycle Edgerunner. I'm 5'7', so comfortably in the S/M size range and at the bottom of the L and the S/M felt ridiculously...
09-13-16, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,743
Posted By mel2012

If you're on Facebook, once you've ordered the...

If you're on Facebook, once you've ordered the bike you should join the Haul-a-Day users group. There are at least two users in the group that have a Bafang mid-drive. We have a front hub motor on...
08-12-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,281
Posted By mel2012

Totally possible, even without a cargo bike, in a...

Totally possible, even without a cargo bike, in a variety of different configurations:
Rear seat+Double Burley or Chariot (but your son doesn't get to pedal)
Front seat+rear seat+FollowMe tandem...
07-10-16, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By mel2012

I don't see it in my inbox.

I don't see it in my inbox.
07-07-16, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By mel2012

That's surprising to me, because when I had my...

That's surprising to me, because when I had my kids in front bike seats (Bobike Mini and the front saddle on my Workcycles Fr8 bike), they had no trouble changing the gears using the grip shifter for...
07-07-16, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,481
Posted By mel2012

I love Islabikes and have heard great things...

I love Islabikes and have heard great things about Woom as well, though I have yet to see one in person. You don't mention which model of the Alight your daughter tried, but I'm going to guess that...
07-07-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,481
Posted By mel2012

I love Islabikes and have heard great things...

I love Islabikes and have heard great things about Woom as well, though I have yet to see one in person. You don't mention which model of the Alight your daughter tried, but I'm going to guess that...
07-07-16, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,543
Posted By mel2012

Yes, you're probably thinking of the FollowMe...

Yes, you're probably thinking of the FollowMe tandem, which is awesome: FollowMe Tandem | Child Trailer Shop (http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/followme-tandem-45215?currency=5&delivery_country=191)
06-22-16, 11:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,501
Posted By mel2012

Assuming you don't want to shell out the money...

Assuming you don't want to shell out the money for an expensive bike without a coaster brake (Woom, Cleary Bike, Commencal Ramones) that she'll probably ride for a year or less, I would recommend:...
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