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What do you think--folding bikes for kids?

I should start by saying I'm a big fan of folding bikes and have been using one to commute to work for the last 8 years.(Brompton SL-2) We have two girls who can now both ride bikes, and are living overseas in the UAE. We can buy bikes where we live but the prices are higher and the selection's a bit limited. I'm thinking of buying a pair of Dahon Boardwalk single speed coaster break folders and bringing them back when we return next week. Has anyone tried folding bikes for kids? I've had our older daughter ride my Brompton--she does fine on it. My sense is they would not be as excited about them initially as opposed to something more kid-like, but that over time it would just come to be seen as what it is--a bicycle we can bring anywhere. I'm wondering if others in the MeFi community have tried folding bikes with kids--have they worked size wise? Lasted over the years? Or languished in a corner of the garage?
posted by teddyb109 on Aug 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Mountain Biking between Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

From out-of-shape to the STP

So I've gotten it into my head that sometime in the next few years -- possibly as early as 2015 -- I want to participate in the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride. Though doing it in 1 day sound like a cool accomplishment, 2 days would be fine. Difficulty level: I have zero experience with distance riding, am in somewhat poor shape, have no idea what I'm doing, and, to the delight of shopkeepers everywhere, am a total sucker for trying to combat my ignorance with my wallet. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

How easy/stable is a hitch-mounted bike rack for a long minivan ride?

Our family (three full sized bikes and one 20" kid bike) takes frequent road trips to discover new bike trails. We are good riders but not very clever at bike handling (i.e. taking wheels on and off, adjusting brakes, etc.) Our trips are anywhere from 25 to 500 miles away. We have a 2010 Honda Odyssey. I have a roof rack now but it is not practical for me to lift the bikes up and down every single time; it's way up there and the bikes get unwieldy. And it freaks me out to drive with the bikes on top while we are zooming down the highway. I am thinking of getting a trailer hitch installed and getting a four bike rack for that. But practical advice is difficult to find. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Tiny Black Biking Backpack

I would like a black backpack, smaller than your average backpack, that's just large enough to fit my iPad, u-lock, and a few essentials while riding my bike. Something like this would work, except I would really prefer something with a squared off rolltop or flap top to the traditional rounded zipper backpack opening. To be even more picky, I would prefer it to be water-resistant, and ideally from a small messenger bag company that manufactures in the USA. If I could just buy something like this and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Rave on Two Wheels

If you had a MonkeyLectric bike wheel light kit for one wheel, would you put it on the front or rear wheel? Expositions welcome. [more inside]
posted by planetesimal on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

A big bike for a big human!

I'm 6'8, 375lbs and want to get a bike. What should I be looking for if I want to spend $300-$500? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Help, My Bike Has Gears!

After many years of riding single-speed cruisers with coaster brakes, I'm upgrading to a hybrid road bike. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on May 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Rain booties for friend's enormous feet and platform pedals

My roommate bikes about 4 miles to work. His feet are size 13 and he uses platform (flat) pedals. He wears pretty chunky shoes. We live in Portland, OR. For HolidayGiftingTime I bought him some Sugoi Resistor booties, but within a month they have shredded and ripped to the point of uselessness. What are some other options for the large-footed, shreddy-pedaled biker? Are there any booties specifically for platform pedals? [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Jan 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Transporting Bikes From DC to Fort Lauderdale

What's the best way to get five people, their camping gear and five touring bikes from Washington, DC to Fort Lauderdale and back again? [more inside]
posted by fancypants on Sep 25, 2012 - 12 answers

What kind of bike light is best?

What kind of bear bike light is best? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks on Jun 23, 2012 - 24 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Zombie needs a hauler to collect more brains

Tell me about bikes. It's been a long time since I've owned one, and when I did I trashed that thing, being a kid and all. Now I would like to get a new one, and one that I can love for many years to come. So, please share your thoughts on brands, hardware and tech. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Oct 26, 2011 - 23 answers

What's the most comfortable road bike pedal system?

What's your recommendation on clipless pedals for knee comfort? [more inside]
posted by straight_razor on Aug 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Bicycle, bicycle!

I want to get into biking....I know nothing about bikes. Info and reccomendations please. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Aug 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Best Motorcycle With Data Source

Motorcycle selection question: using data only, how can I find out what is the best motorcycle for a variety of situations? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Small Dogs and A Bicycle

Anybody have experience bicycling with smaller dogs? (Less than 25 lbs.) Would appreciate any tips from seasoned dog bicyclists (if that's the proper term...) [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 9, 2011 - 13 answers

A No-Regrets Lip Protectant, Balm, or Gloss

Dear reader: What's a lip balm good for biking that won't hurt my lips over time? [more inside]
posted by mostlybecky on Oct 21, 2010 - 31 answers

New to the DIY and bike commuting scene, but...

Hope me make an awesome DIY bike pannier! [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell on Aug 1, 2010 - 12 answers

I'm ready for Bike Riding 102 now

What do I need to know to be a more efficient bike rider? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on May 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Short legs, long torso, no bike.

Help me find a bike that fits a short guy, who is apparently only short in the legs. [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld on Sep 17, 2007 - 25 answers

Bicycle Needs Repair, Badly

After riding today, a couple things started going wrong with my bike, and I'd like to fix the problems myself, if possible. [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jun 7, 2007 - 19 answers

Is Carbon Fiber really worth the cost of a new bike?

Is a carbon fiber road frame worth the extra expense? I mean I've read loads of pros and cons but does it come down to a slight difference or a major one? I love to go on 15-30 mile rides but I'd like to increase my comfort levels (got a proper fitting and new seat/post so far). [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Biking around Lake Ontario

I want to bike all the way around Lake Ontario, starting in Toronto and heading East. I have questions! [more inside]
posted by loquax on Apr 23, 2006 - 26 answers

Help me find a suitable bike

Help me pick a bicycle. I'm currently riding a bmx'er with 20" wheels. My days of jumping over stuff and doing table tops are over. I need a really good multi-purpose bike. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Apr 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Don't laugh. I want to learn how to ride a bike.

Okay, you can laugh a little bit. I'm 24, I moved to a more urban area a year ago, and I want to learn how to ride a bike to get around the city. [more inside]
posted by patgas on Mar 21, 2005 - 22 answers

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