Totcycle | Family Biking

Tots on bikes, kids as cargo, family cycling, and other high-occupancy velo goodness.

Not caring how much our bikes weigh since 2008.

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First of all, if you're wondering, it rhymes with popsicle.

Otherwise, Totcycle is a collection of posts, photos, and links about biking with your kids, especially having young children on your bike, from a pediatrician in Seattle and biking-fool-father with too many bikes. And his lovely wife and daughter.

We're starting out with info about Madsen Cycles, since it's been hard to find any hands-on impressions online. But we'll follow with information about other family biking options, city and cargo bikes, and odd but child-biking-friendly accessories, like the Bike-Tutor seat, and le Veltop. I seem to have no compunction against adding more-and-more ridiculous objects to perfectly fine bikes, and have long since stopped caring about weight. 

Eventually the photos should get better, if we ever find the charger for our camera. The iPhone does many things well, but the pictures leave a lot to be desired. 

I've been inspired by so many other biking parents out there on the web, and hope this wee corner of the internet will reach some other parents out there who're thinking about getting their kids on bikes. Enjoy!

Big 'ol Disclaimer

These posts are written as an enthused dad, not as a pediatrician, and certainly not as your pediatrician. I do think that the benefits of cycling and instilling a love thereof generally outweigh the risks, but the dangers are there, and it's up to you (and your pediatrician, if you wish) to decide what's safe for you and yours.

The Helmet Issue

As you'll probably note in the photos, my family and I wear helmets when we ride. But there will be other photos and links that show helmet-less adults and helmet-less kids. Many of those photos are from countries with an advanced bike infrastructure, high ridership numbers, and much more respectful drivers. We don't live in that country, yet.

So we wear helmets, not operating under any illusion that they make us invincible, but looking for any help in a collision or bad fall, and feeling that the available evidence for a protective benefit outweighs the arguments against. There are those riders and parents who disagree. And that's up to them and their local laws. So please let's not have any helmet wars in the comments. Having good judgement is a parenting virtue; passing judgement is not.

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