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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:26 AM

As a Kid I would ride my bike a lot and I am trying to get back into it. I bought a seat to be able to bring my son (almost 2) with me and a tag-a-long bike for my 4.5 year old daughter.

Hauling both kids has been quite a work out. I bought a new bike before camping last weekend, but I think I want to get one with more gears. We rode 10.5 miles over the weekend. I would like to get to where I could go on 30 mile plus rides.

Here is a picture of us from the weekend.
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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:30 AM

Nice to see your having fun with the kids !!! How well does you rear engine " push " you along ? Al
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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Wow, I've never seen anything like that.. I hope you get good mileage Chuck. Your daughter will remember that for a long time.
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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:37 AM

And maybe one of those little 2 stroke "friction drive" power drives for when you pedal too far before turning around! LOL The one below isn't a friction drive, but you get the idea.
http://www.ebay.com/...83642%26ps%3D54

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Nice to see your having fun with the kids !!! How well does you rear engine " push " you along ? Al

I can tell a difference when she is pedaling.

Wow, I've never seen anything like that.. I hope you get good mileage Chuck. Your daughter will remember that for a long time.

Working on the milage... As warm as it was over the weekend I needed about a quart of water per mile.

And maybe one of those little 2 stroke "friction drive" power drives for when you pedal too far before turning around! LOL The one below isn't a friction drive, but you get the idea.
http://www.ebay.com/...83642%26ps%3D54

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That might be helpful.

here is a short video of us.

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 10:57 AM

And maybe one of those little 2 stroke "friction drive" power drives for when you pedal too far before turning around! LOL The one below isn't a friction drive, but you get the idea.
http://www.ebay.com/...83642%26ps%3D54

BIKE.JPG


Jenny's cousin put a kit like that on a bike and it would zip right along.

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 12:32 PM

I too need to get back on the bicycle. To much middle spread.

I would like to suggest you bring you seat up some. You knee looks like it is coming up to high. Sit on the bike and take one pedal all the way to the 6 O'clock position. Put the ball of the foot in the center of the pedal on the axis, your leg should be just about straight except for a very slight bend at the knee. You would be surprised in what goes into setting up the geometry of a bike to a rider. If you feel brave put clipless pedals that way you can push and pull at the same time.

Have fun making memories with you children. Pretty cool!!!

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 12:46 PM

I too need to get back on the bicycle. To much middle spread.

I would like to suggest you bring you seat up some. You knee looks like it is coming up to high. Sit on the bike and take one pedal all the way to the 6 O'clock position. Put the ball of the foot in the center of the pedal on the axis, your leg should be just about straight except for a very slight bend at the knee. You would be surprised in what goes into setting up the geometry of a bike to a rider. If you feel brave put clipless pedals that way you can push and pull at the same time.

Have fun making memories with you children. Pretty cool!!!

I bought that bike new Friday, and didn't take enough time to adjust it for me before mounting the kids seats on it. I think I am going to take the bike back and get a different one, it doesn't fit my needs.

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 10:25 AM

bought a 29" mountain bike last night which feels more the right size and a lot more beefy. The other bike would have been a good bike for short trips not hauling the kids. My dad bought it from me to use when they go camping.

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 03:19 PM

Glad you got a bike that fit's better. What Model did you get?

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 03:31 PM

Glad you got a bike that fit's better. What Model did you get?

Nothing fancy but it had good reviews
http://genbikes.com/...untain_bike.php
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Posted May 11, 2012 - 08:51 PM

My best friend was looking at these but a hybrid one, in the end he went the Trek route. Another friend at the bike shop made him a deal he couldn't refuse. Look like a nice bike, I hope you have a good time with it.

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 08:01 AM

Took it out for it's first ride Saturday morning and rode a nice 3 miles, It rides nice. Then Saturday after lunch took my daughter for a 1.5 mile ride and it was a lot easier with the new 29" mountain bike than it was with the 7 speed.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 07:54 AM

Took both kids on the longest ride yet, it was 5.6 miles round trip, we rode over to my parents house, stop for some water, and then rode back home.

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 08:55 AM

You're creating some great memories for you and your children. :)




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