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Our Family Bike Fleet

Updated on December 17, 2016

Why We Have More Bikes Than Family Members

One thing that we enjoy doing as a family is riding our bikes around the neighborhood. There are more than 12 miles of trails and this does not include the sidewalks along the streets.

The biggest challenge we have is getting a bike for everyone to ride. Our daughter has special needs that have prevented her from learning to ride a bike independently so far. But we continue to experiment with various ways around this issue.

She is old enough now that we are trying a tandem bike this summer, so we have an additional bike in the garage for now.

In the summertime, we ride to the pool. During the school year, the kids ride their bikes down the street to school. Many shops and stores are a five minute bike ride away as well.

Other times we like to ride to one of the local parks to burn off some of the kids' energy or explore the trails to see if we can spot some wildlife.

It is a fun and inexpensive way to spend time together outdoors.

All of the pictures were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

How Our Tandem Bike Arrived

We ordered the bike online and had it shipped to us. It arrived three days sooner than promised, which we were very pleased about.

Final Assembly

It took me about an hour to put together. It was mostly assembled. The handle bars and seats needed to put on as well as the front wheel, fender, and pedals. Minimal tools were needed - about 3 different allen wrenches. Here is the bike before the first test ride.

Kulana Lua Bikes on Ebay

Our tandem bike is a Kulana Lua made by Pacific Cycle (formerly Schwinn). If you are looking for an entry level tandem bike to try out, this one won't break the bank. We have put a lot of miles on ours so far and it works well. At some point, I want to upgrade to a tandem bike with gears to make it easier to pedal when going very slow (or when my partner decides to stop pedaling :).

How We Got Along Before The Tandem Bike

My daughter was small enough that up until recently we could put her in this bike cart and go for a ride. But she grew to a point where even I could not haul her this way. And it was not a great experience for her anymore either.

The only thing we did not like about this cart was that dirt and water kicked up by the back tire of the bike would end up in the cart. There is a net that would stop any big stones but not the fine grit. There is also a plastic layer that can be unfolded as well, but that usually made the cart too hot for my daughter to be comfortable. She like the feel of air blowing in her face!

Some Comments About My Bike

Looking at the picture above, you may be saying that it certainly would have helped ease my burden to have a bike with gears. But since I already had this bike before we got the cart, I stuck with it. I would have much rather had one of these bikes!

My Daughter's Other Bike

While we use the tandem bike to go on family bike rides, we also have my daughter ride on a 'typical' bike with training wheels to keep moving her towards riding independently.

She is getting better with each week, particularly gaining strength in her legs for pedaling and learning coordination for steering and braking.

Over the last several months she has taken a liking to this bike and riding it. A lot of her friends ride their bikes, so she wants to be like every other kid.

We found a good bike and a set of training wheels that will work with the bike and not stand out or look too different for my daughter's liking. The bike is an Electra Little Betty model.

UPDATE - My Wife's Now Former Bike

As referenced above, we bought an extra coupler to put on her bike so that we could hook the bike cart to her bike or mine. You can't really see that in these pictures since it is so small and attaches on the rear of the frame with the axle of the wheel.

This is a Schwinn Legacy model.

Meet The New Bike - Almost

We tried this bike for a few days, but it didn't make the grade. The handle bars were not long enough, causing my wife to have to lean forward a bit. That was not comfortable on anything more than a short ride. So this bike was sent back even though it does look nice, for a girl's bike that is.

This bike is a Schwinn Clairmont model.

And Here Is The New Addition To The Bike Fleet

This bike is on its probation period. So far the reviews from my wife are good. The handlebars are long, allowing my wife to sit more upright and comfortably. The bike is nice and light as well.

The only downside at the moment is that there are no fenders, so puddles can leave their mark. Maybe I will have to find a way to make some fenders. Anyone know how to make fenders?

This bike is a Phat Sea Wind model. That's right, I said Phat.

My Son's Bike

This bike is a Schwinn Sidewinder model.

Our Ideal Bike For Riding With Our Daughter

How Often Do You Ride Your Bike?

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Unfortunately, I have no confidence on my bike, and it has been sitting in the garage for a few years untouched. Should do something about that! Enjoyed your lens.

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      Rick King 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      @mel-kav: A tandem bike may be a good alternative, especially if riding with friends! Thanks for your comment.

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      I am embarrassed to admit that it has been such a long time since I have ridden a bike, that when I tried to go for a bike ride with some friends a year ago, I couldn't do it. I tried and I fell, and I tried and I fell, and I tried and I fell and hurt myself. I haven't tried since.

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      Rick King 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      @evawrites1: We used the cart for a long time. I understand your concern and the low profile can be a problem if you are biking in areas with puddles or fine gravel. But we are fortunate to live in an area where we ride mostly on paved paths, sidewalks, or roads. Thanks for your comment!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      I used to go to work by bike everyday. Now I use it a bit less. I'm thinking about one of those baby-carts, I'm only a bit concerned with security and visibility because they are so low... hmm...

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Unfortunately I'm disabled and I can't ride a bike anymore, but I used to love it a lot. I did ride at least 40 kilometers a day before I lost the ability to bike. I love it when families do this. It is very healthy exercise and fun too! Thanks for sharing!

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      adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

      SO, I highlighted this lens on my lens:)

      AND your spark suggestion is officially #20! Thank you for contributing my friend.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I wanted one of those bikes my boyfriend didn't care for the idea he likes riding in the mountains and thought that would be an extra load for him anyway. I wish our bike trails were closer to home.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Used to love riding when young but too old now to even get on one. You raise an interesting point about fenders. All the bikes I have had always had them so I am surprised that some of the ones you picture here are without them. Is that a new idea or just an economic switch. Nice lens and well written.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Wow, I love your bikes...especially that pink and yellow one. I haven't ridden a bike in years, but I used to ride all the time. Enjoyed your lens.

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      I love riding bikes, this could be fun as there are two seats, thanks!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This tandem bike looks really fun! Lovely review - pinned to my biking board.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ok Aunt Linda is really impressed. learned a lot from the article that i will pass on. BTW, those sky Laterns have been recalled at Walgreens. Hope to find them somewhere else. Later, Aunt Linda

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      @Scott A McCray: They are a lot of fun, especially if both people are pedalling!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I haven't ride mine for years. Maybe I should start again... It's healthy and fun!

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Not nearly often enough! Tandems are fun, aren't they?

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      gregxavier 4 years ago

      Good Job!

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Just got a new 21 speed and spent the morning on a bike trail near by getting used to it. I really like bike trails. No cars to worry about only other bikes coming around a bend unexpectedly. LOL

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      Not as often as I'd like, practically about once a month at the moment... Great lens thanks for sharing. Ash