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Monday, October 17, 2011

Motherhood Mondays: Riding bikes with babies

Many readers have asked how to ride a bike with a baby. We started when Toby turned one, and I'd love to share what we've learned...

We've had the loveliest breezy rides with Toby in the early mornings and evenings--down the Hudson River, around Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge. I've found it really freeing to be able to ride a bike together, instead of having to always lug around the stroller. Biking with a little one is totally invigorating!

As for the seat, Alex and I are huge fans of the front bike seat. When the seat's in front, you can keep a close eye on your baby, which feels safe and secure; plus, you can chat and sing and feed them crackers:) And what a thrill for the babies! Seriously, it must feel like a roller coaster!

So, which brand of front bike seat? We've tried two...
1. The first seat we tried was the WeeRide Kangaroo, $48 (above). Pros: Our friends Kendra and Seth had highly recommended it (here's a cute photo of Kendra riding with their daughter). It's affordable, and you can order it easily from Amazon. Cons: Because of the seat's position, you have to ride with your knees slightly out to the side. (Nerds.)

Then that seat got stolen. (Curses, NYC!)

2. The second seat we got was the Bobike Mini, $140 (below). (We would have ordered the WeeRide again, but didn't want to wait for Amazon shipping.) Pros: This Dutch seat is designed beautifully and feels streamlined. You can take the seat on and off easily (so, if you're not riding with your child, you can remove it in two seconds). Cons: It's three times more expensive than the WeeRide. Also, the seat attaches to your stem (think: the handlebar rod), which can feel wobbly when you're getting on and off the bike.
Overall: I'd highly recommend either of these seats (and polka-dot Nutcase helmet!).

Do you ride bikes with your kids? Would you want to try it out? Where do you live? Do you have any bike gear that you'd recommend?

P.S. Toby's first "ride." :)

(Photos by Laura Ratliff and Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. My helmet by Bern, and Toby's helmet by Nutcase)

174 comments:

Kendra said...

These are the sweetest photos I have ever seen! I can't believe how grown up Toby is getting! I remember when you announced your pregnancy :) You two are an adorable pair!
PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

Melissa Blake said...

What sweet photos, Joamma!! :)

Sarah said...

You've got me convince. I want one. I have never seen a front seat before. I love it!!!

Wow your son really looks like your husband in the last picture.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

So sweet! Love the front seat:)

~Jennifer

horaceandmae.etsy.com

Sunny Rising Leather said...

At almost five months pregnant I was just thinking about this very thing the other day - hooray for motherhood Mondays!!!
Xo
Allison

Timo & Eefje said...

I love riding bikes with kiddo's!
Here in Holland, where I live, it is totally normal to bike with the little ones every day to work/school/daycare. My friends who have kids even bike with baby's in the ergo carriers.
Since cycling is such a part of daily living, we don't use helmets as much. (uhm, I must say, not at all in our daily cycling) Only when touring or mountainbiking we use them.
I love Toby's helmet! the cuteness makes it a good excuse to wear. (of course safety is more important!)

macaca grava por cima said...

very usefull information! Thank you... My baby is turnnig 1 in one and a half months and we probably gonna start doing this too. But I don't feel confortable having him on my bike. I guess the father will take him, it's safer :-) I'm not that great biker

Alex said...

We have a front mounted seat as well. A bobike mini, at around $70 it's super affordable an comfortable for me and my son.

Giulia Doyle said...

We love to ride bikes. We have one front facing seat like your kangaroo one for my son, but my bike frame is too small for that so I take my daughter on a back seat. Next year she'll get one of those half bikes that attach to the adult bike.
Quick tip on the helmet - make sure Toby can see the rim of the helmet when he looks up, for safety the helmet should not be popped back...I put the helmet on my kids head and ask them to roll their eyes up, if the rim can be seen we are set - the same goes for my own helmet ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

I think it's brilliant that you and Alex take Toby for bike rides around the city. You both look super cute in your helmets and it seems that Toby is loving every minute of it! Happy Monday, Joanna. xo

nikaela marie said...

so grown up! woah!
xx

Becca said...

Oh my gosh, he looks like such a real little boy in these pictures!

Becca

CarleeKajsa said...

bikes aside, that green blouse you are wearing is so beautiful!

i also have the wee-ride and it does stink that you have to ride so wonky, but i do love that there is that head rest for when/if your babe falls asleep, which mine happens to do every bike ride - i wonder what happens if the child falls asleep on the handlebar seat? has that happened? do they just kinda slump? does that make riding awkward?

Alicia said...

I used a trail-a-bike when my kids got to be about 4-5 years. It is great for long rides, where they would get too tired on their own. You feel like such a team. (And, they really help a lot, especially going uphills.)
http://www.trail-a-bike.com/

erin said...

most adorable post of the day. hooray for bike-riding mommas.

Jen said...

I tried a few of the front seats and it was always so hard for me to ride. I would get bruises on my knees. I much prefer the back seat. The back seat also makes it easy for my daughter to take a little nap back there because she can rest her head against the back when we're on longer bike rides. She definitely couldn't do that on the front seat. But these photos are SO cute and now I'm definitely planning a bike ride this weekend!

macaca grava por cima said...

BTW, LOVE Toby's shirt. Manuel has 3 of those (from H&M)... Love that informal, yet trendy cut!

Maggie said...

I LOVE the idea of a front seat! also Toby looks just adorable :) he's definitely changing from being a baby boy to a big boy if you know what I mean. I almost didn't recognise him in the first couple of pictures!

Clara said...

Oh my goodness too many things to say! This absolutely made my day. These are the most adorable photos EVER. It literally makes me want to have a baby so I can take them on a bike ride!

Anna Culp said...

I haven't tried a bike seat, but we go on short family bike rides every week with my 17-month daughter in a bike trailer behind my bike. We all love it! Plus, we can stash the lock, bag, and drinks in there with her. We live in a college city in Utah, and people are notoriously negligent of cyclists, so we ride on the sidewalks or on quiet streets (that are a maze of culdesacs) so we don't use helmets. When my daughter starts riding her own bike, we'll have to change our helmet rule. Cute pictures!

amynicole said...

Um hello, could you be any more adorable Joanna?!! Loving the polka dot bike helmet. Toby is so cuuute!

Do you think that putting baby in front is more safe than putting baby in back? Just curious. Or have analysts said anything about that? I personally would love and prefer having baby in the front, but it kind of makes me nervous incase of a fall or something...?

Joanna Goddard said...

@ alex, we actually have the bobike mini, too, but it was $140! did you get yours used or on ebay? that is awesome you found one for a lower price. xo

Lissa said...

So sweet. You look great! My fiance builds bicycle frames and so he's really excited to tote around our little one - when that happens.

ps. Giulia Doyle is right! helmets should be down on the forehead more. seeing Toby's bare forehead gave me shivers!

Joanna Goddard said...

jen, agreed: the one negative with the front seat is that they can't nap. so we take rides when toby definitely isn't sleepy! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

amynicole, alex did a ton of research about front vs back seats when we were first buying a seat, and the research he read said that front seats seemed to be safer. you can keep an eye on your baby, you can protect them with your arms if you fall; and with back seats, i worried that toby would fall asleep with his head to one side and that i could clip a corner....ah, it gave me hives! but i do know a lot of people who have back seats and love them, too! :)

Elizabeth said...

Joanna, you two are adorable! I love this bike post. I couldn't help but notice that Toby's helmet seems to be a bit far back on the head. I won't let my little brothers ride bikes until their helmets are squarely on top so their foreheads are well-protected. This link may help: http://www.pamf.org/health/special/bikehelmets.html

Joanna Goddard said...

Giulia and Lissa, thank you for the tip!!!!!

Julie [FerociousOstrich] said...

I'd be okay with this on weekend trail trips, but I live in Pittsburgh, where everything is hills hills hills--they even make me a little frightened sometimes. Do you have to deal with a lot of rough terrain in NYC? I would think it's pretty flat.

But if I had a kid, and there weren't so many hills to tackle, this would totally be my thing. Super rad.

Kiana said...

So cute! I think now that Toby is getting older, he's starting to look more like Alex. I don't know, what do you think?

Kelly R said...
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Kelly R said...

OMG!!!!! Toby and I have the same bicycle helmet! Hahaha! I really am just a big kid...

Michelle said...

Hi - i haven't read all the comments, but i hope someone already has mentioned this to you...looks like you both your helments on incorrectly - make sure Toby can see the rim of the helmet when he looks up. The same goes for your helmet. For safety the helmet should not be popped back - it means it is too loose one, and you will hit your forehead if you fall off... From what i understand having the helmet on properly is a bigger safety factor vs front/ back bike seat....
Happy riding :)

Joanne Angelina said...

These really are such lovely photos- you two are so adorable together.
Much love!

Lindsay R said...

thanks! this is useful! we want to start doing this too with our baby!

Lindsay

Lottie Loves said...

thanks so much for this post joanna! these are the seats i've been looking at as i definitely prefer the idea of louis being up front with me so good to hear you have one and like it... plus judging by the look on toby's face the babies quite like it too :) great pics!

CC said...

I can't believe how big Toby is getting! He's such a "kid" now...beautiful golden hair!
xoxo

julie @ hazel & hunter said...

thank you so much for posting this! i've been researching seats to finally start riding with my little one, and i also wanted a front seat to be able to see her. i'll definitely check these out!

Anonymous said...

Goodness! Toby looks like he grew overnight! Remember to pull his helmet down to protect that cute forehead. I see so many children wearing their helmets improperly.

Allison said...

this is so cute! great advice and with the risk of sounding like an overprotective mom, thanks for riding with a helmet! haha I see so many moms with their little babies without a helmet (both of them) and it makes me so nervous! it's not worth the risk. i had a friend that died in a bike wreck that would have been saved if he had on a helmet... glad you are preventing that!

Amanda Greer said...

Toby looks like he's having so much fun! (And so do you!)

The Magnificent Lou... said...

I almost didn't recognize Toby in these pictures! He looks so grown up now. And I completely adore the red tint in is hair. (I'm dating a red head + have two red headed sisters, so I'm kind of a fan.) Cute baby helmet, too!

Mindy said...

So neat! Aurora and I just got a Linus with a BoBike from Coco's Variety in Los Angeles: http://www.cocosvariety.com/2011/10/mindy-and-aurora-linus-dutchi8-with.html. We're having so much fun riding around the neighborhood together (we both have helmets, just not on in this picture)

DR said...

Hi Joanna, love your blog. My husband and I are big bike enthusiast. We lived in Melbourne from when my daughter was 1-2 and then Boston when she was 2-3, now we are back in Canada. I think where you live plays a bog part of what you choose. In Australia we did not have a car and I used a back carrier all the time, by Topeak. It was brilliant. There is no danger of clipping their heads. I didn't really want her to sleep in the bike seat as I don't think it is very restorative sleep, bit she did konk out a few times
Against yeh head rest. I have not tried the front
Models, to me they seemed harder to navigate. I was also wondering what the weight limit is for the front carriers, we got a newer version of the back carrier and it goes to 45 lbs (though o found it hard work once she got over 30 lbs!). In Boston we also purchased a chariot trailer, which is great if you roads are wider or you have access to bike
Trails. Next year we will likely pit her on a attached bike
Where she can petal too. Overall, I think no matter how you do it taking your wee ones along on the bike is the best thing ever!

Min/El said...

Love that seat! Toby needs a helmet that fits though. When they slip back off the forehead you don't have good frontal lobe protection.

Mornings with Milo said...

I love it! We have been riding with Milo since about 9 months and have loves every minute of it. It's become our normal way to get around! We've used the iBert front seat carrier and have never had any issues and it's easy to switch over to mine or Mike's bike depending on who is riding with Milo. Happy Riding! Xx

Magdalena's Madrid said...

OMG. Toby looks like such a little kid now instead of a baby. When did that happen? Love the pictures in this post. You should also tell us where your outfits are from (especially that gorgeous green blouse) because they are all adorable.

E. and Baby P. said...

Yup, we just took our 9 month old on a bike ride for the first time. Here are some pics to share.
http://escross.blogspot.com/2011/10/sf-family-bike-day.html
We too love the front bike seat. We have the iBert Safe-T and highly recommend it!

abigail said...

SO cute, and what a great way for Toby to see the city!!! it must feel so freeing for both of you, probably similar to when I was pregnant last summer and would swim laps- it was a nice break to feel weightless!

Our daughter will be one on the 27th (!!!) and I will admit over the summer we went around the block at the shore with her on the back of the bike... and I wasn't super "jazzed" about it's location. SO I'm excited to read more reviews and to see it in action! PLUS I love the idea that you can feed them crackers as you go- a great way to prolong the ride! ; )

~abigail
aka tiptoethrough.blogspot

Melanie said...

yah for front seats! We used one when my daughter was a babe (she will be 8 in December, wow!) and people thought we were crazy. But I loved how safe and secure she felt and she got such a view of what was ahead as opposed to staring at our backs or screaming her head off in a wagon pulled behind the bike.

great photos! thanks for sharing.

theolivetree said...

we have bike chariot that pulls behind for our 2 kiddos...they love it! I am swooning over the front baby seat!

Snow White said...

Hope this is safe. I am not sure I'd take the risk if I had a baby. What happens if you fall off the bike? Especially in a busy city like NY.

The Cyclist's Wife said...

YES! My Cyclist usually pulls our Munchkin in a trailer. This is a supreme training work-out for him and The Munchkin loves it. We live in Sacramento, CA; we are blessed with a 80 mile (maybe more) bike trail completely uninterrupted of vehicle traffic.
Thanks for sharing this seat! We were just discussing getting a front riding one for easier take-off. :)

RR said...

This is super cute!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these cute comments! i know, toby looks so grown-up -- but he still looks like a baby in person. i still dress him in onesies! :)

Whitney said...

I have the same helmet as Toby!

Joanna Goddard said...

Magdalena's Madrid, thank you!! in the top pics, my jeans are emersonmade and my shirt is steven alan and my black flats are land's end canvas. in the middle photos, my jeans are emersonmade, and my shirt and shoes are from anthropologie. xoxo

Joanna Goddard said...

mindy, that is awesome!!! we're bike twins:) thanks for these lovely comments xoxo

aBroad said...

I think I would ride a bike more if I had such an adorable companion riding with me. Those photos , that face ... wonderful !

Vale ♥ said...

Your son is the cutest kid ever, really :-), I don't think I ever went on a bike with my mum that early and it's a pity ! I will try with my kid when I have one.
You have such a lovely blog ! Mine is mostly about fashion, if you liked it we could follow each other ! Many kisses and keep up the awesome work !

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Anonymous said...

I have to ask what kind of shoes is Toby wearing. Such a cutie -- your boy!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, they're these funny leather shoes from bobuk: http://www.bobux.com/

henzy said...

Oh wow.. look how happy he is.. perfect.

Bruce said...

Very cute pics. :)
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Miss Amy said...

Toby's face in the last photo is the look of SHEER JOY. I love it!

Zoë said...

This was such a fantastic post!! Great photos too!

I'm expecting and due in February so baby biking is still a while off... but my Boyfriend and I love travelling about the city by bike so this is a great resource. Thank you Cup of Jo!

Zoe
http://waitingforkittenheart.blogspot.com

s and c said...

Great post! I ride my bike everyday so when I have kids I will definitely want to bring them along with me.

A note on your helmet wearing, you want the helmet to a few inches above your eyebrows. It should cover most of your forehead, this way if you fall, it will protect your face.

Love the nutcase helmets! so cute!

Sobrina Tung said...

The cutest pics!! That white bike is sweet!

Luanne said...

great! post. love the front seat.

Eliana said...

Oh my goodness, Toby looks just like Alex! So fun to watch him grow up. Thank you for sharing these special moments of your life with us. :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Eeeps!!! This is freakin adorable!! Too cute Momma!

jen fuller said...

how have i never seen one of those seats before? my baby is 7 months and i'm counting down the months until he's one so we can get a seat asap! so awesome!

Helen Kelly said...

Love when the kiddos are in front! Bike trailers scare me (really other drivers scare me, but you know what I mean) Have you seen this?
http://www.myzigo.com/
It's kind of a souped up bakfiets. I totally want one!

Alison Kilpatrick said...

Wow, Toby sure is cute. I can't wait until my 7 month old Jane can go for a spin with me. Great post. I was wondering when we could take her out. Really enjoy Motherhood Mondays. Keep up the good work!

Joanna Goddard said...

to the anonymous (which i deleted): toby ALWAYS wears a helmet on the bike, of course!!! you must have seen someone else; a lot of people ride with their children in the west village. i 100% put him in a helmet always. i ride really safely with him, he is my most treasured possession!

gemma said...

Toby is a cutie!! You both look incredibly happy!

Catherine said...

We love biking with our kids too. The front seats are the best. We have iBert's for both of our bikes. We also use a Chariot CTS double for when one of us is taking both of them along. But love the iBert!

Ly said...

This is too adorable for words.

-Ly
http://www.lyzhang.com

sumslay said...

Thank you for sharing these moments with us! Sorry some people (Anonymous) feel the need to try to steal spotlight/stir the pot/whatever they're trying to do. You're a great mom!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Hope your bike in covered under renter's insurance! Do they sell bike insurance in NYC? Sounds like a lucrative market.

On a totally unrelated note - I have those Land's End Canvas flats (and the open-toed version from Land's End) and they are SO comfy.

My mom always toted me around in a back-seat bike seat. Great memories.

Joanna Goddard said...

deanna, i agree, those flats are like wearing padded slippers:) bike insurance is a brilliant idea, too.

Melania said...

I wish to ride a bike around the central park and across Brooklyn Bridge.
But now is impossible!!!

These pictures are so beautiful, you and your baby are so sweet.

Ciao!!!

missmehoneybee said...

Toby looks so grown up. What a big boy he is now. So cute and looks like he loves the bike rides. :)

Diana said...

I think Toby looks more like both you and Alex every day! This makes me want to get back into bicycling. :)

Sherry said...

We have a bike trailer. We went this route because we got a double for when we'd have a second child and my husband could take both kids for a ride. We went with Baby Jogger brand because just like the strollers, there's a handle in the middle of the seat that you pull and the trailer folds in half. Great for storage in our garage. We have a big hook in the ceiling and hangs there year around.

Dress me/love me said...

ok, a bike is definitely on my wish list after this post..i feel like we missed out on such fun..but it is never too late..right? M just turned 3 so i don't think a front seat is an option for us, it will have to be a back seat.... Thank you for this post!!! i am soooo looking forward for all of our new adventures on the future bike.... (i really love the cream colored bike)

Ali Masterson said...

Thank you for sharing these adorable pictures and tips on seats! We tried to buy a bike seat for our son over the summer, not realizing you have to wait until they're a year old for riding. Can't wait to do this next summer!

Filip Demuinck said...

Nice helmet.

Molliee said...

such an adorable photo!!! I am obsessed!

Happy Monday Jo!

xoxo
Molliee

treesalldance said...

You guys look adorable! I live in Virginia and ride with my nearly 2 y/o daughter. We have the iBert. Not sure if anyone else has this problem, but I have a beach cruiser, and she loves to help me steer. It's cute, but can be annoying as well.

brooke said...

Lucky toby! You are a fun mama!

Joanna Goddard said...

YES! so true about little dudes trying to help you steer -- also toby sometimes randomly starts dancing which definitely makes steering trickier! :)

Anastasia said...

When i was living in Tokyo, I constantly saw mothers riding bikes with their kids (sometimes two little ones and a mother to a bike!). However, I was always a ball of nerves watching them ride, since no one in Japan (babies included) wears helmets. They need to take a hint from that cute polka dotted number.

Katie said...

Where is your floral shirt from!? I love it!

Joanna Goddard said...

katie, thanks! steven alan xo

Victoria said...

Yes I ride with my childen everywhere. Well, I live in NL so it would be strange not to! Love it, especially when they were young and small enough to be up front. So lovely talking to them quietyly, pointing things out on the ride. In NL most riders still don't wear helmets, although the fabulous bike paths (with their own traffic light system too) do mean that you are further apart from the other road traffic.

Sarah said...

I'm so happy to see a parent riding with a helmet, too! Too often you see people put helmets on their kids but not on themselves - not only are you setting a bad example, but how is your baby going to take care of him/herself if you have a brain injury? :(

hannahstiff said...

I CANNOT wait until my daughter gets a little older and I can drive her around on my cruiser. SIGH...

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Mommy Lauren said...

Those pictures are so cute! I've never heard of or seen the front bike rider, I just started using a bike trailer with my 9 mon old and love it so far, I'm just getting back into biking so I like the trailer bc if I fall I know the baby isn't going down with me.

Anonymous said...

i love your lipstick joanna! what is it, if you don't mind me asking?

David said...

Awesome post. My only critique is that in the last three pictures both of your helmets have ridden up a bit. Your son's won't provide much protection if you were to fall and he were to faceplant. When the helmet is properly fitted you should be able to look up and see the edge of it over your eyebrows. (About two fingers between your eyebrows and the helmet.)

I do love that you are both wearing helmets. How do you like the Bern Helmet? Does it get heavy and hot?

FanFamFun said...

Hi Joanna,
Cycling safe is something we feel really strongly about. My husband was hospitalised after a collision but his helmet saved his life. Please check out our cycle safe poster for London parents. Not sure if 'bonce' translates, but I'm sure our US friends will work it out.
x
http://fanfamfun.blogspot.com/2011/10/cycle-safe.html

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, thank you!! it's a red by josie maran. david, thank you!!! yes, i'm going to adjust his helmet today. thank you!! and i like the bern, it's sort of clunky, but it does the job:)

joseph said...

hi! I have three children + we have used a trailer, a back baby seat + the weeride front baby seat.
the trailer was great because my first two were close in age - so it was our only option at the time with two little ones! the only drawback was that the fabric completely fell apart within the first year (a $100ish model from target).
we've used a back baby seat for our third child. after the straps on it rotted away, we tried the front seat - the weeride. this is my favorite as far as baby seats go!
as far as safety goes, the center of gravity is far improved when the seat is in front of you. with the backseat, any time the baby leaned to the side - the whole bike would awkwardly shift as well. this doesn't happen with the weeride. and when she would fall asleep in the backseat (this happened every ride, really!) it was so sad - her head had no place to go!!! with the weeride she gets to lay down on the pad. and I feel like the pad offers protection
as well. and I think she must enjoy the view in the front a lot more as she hardly ever falls asleep.
a tip about helmet fit: this summer we read that your helmet should fit snug enough so that when you open your mouth, your helmet should move. this really helped with my big kids. their helmets were too loose. but this is an easy way for them to figure it out for themselves.
This is my first time to comment here. I must add how much I enjoy your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that biking with a child in either a front seat or a back seat is very dangerous because it throws off your center of gravity, thus making falls more likely (and more serious). The safest way to ride with a toddler/child who isn't old enough to bike yet is a trailer. Also, it does appear that you both need to tilt your helmets forward. Properly-fitted, -adjusted, and -worn helmets have saved the lives of literally everyone in my family. BUT your pictures are absolutely adorable nonetheless!

Suzanne said...

It is so fun to see the differences between the USA and the Netherlands. I'm dutch and I think every mom has a front seat on their bikes. You see bikes with a front and a backseat for children so you can bike with both your kids. I sometimes cycle with my babysit-child in front. It's always fun cause she will wave at every single person that comes by.

Love to read this!

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I can't get over the judge-y mom comments you and other bloggers receive. I guess it comes with the territory, but it must drive you nuts!

balladofseasons said...

oh! I love this post Joanna!!! How cute your little mister is!
lots of love from France,
Betül

balladofseasons.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I love these photos!!!!! I would love to go away alone and think all parents should do it! Have a great time on your vacation.

jean goddard said...

The first time Daddy and I went away was when you and Lucy were about 17 months old. Grandpa came over to France to babysit not long after Nana had died and we went to the Loire Valley for two nights. It seemed like a week! (I hallucinated a baby crying from time to time! I was so primed to interpret sound that way!) It was a great and much needed vacation - there were no computers or cell phones or e-mail, so we were really off on our own.

jean goddard said...

I think I wrote that comment on the wrong post. I am so inept!

eleanor said...

I love these photos; Toby looks so happy! I also love that you are both wearing helmets. It makes me upset when I see parents riding with kids and the parent is not wearing a helmet. (What kind of message does that send to your kid? And what if something happens to you while you are riding?) Setting a great example for cool moms out there. :)

Miss Bibliophile said...

I have very vivid memories of riding on the back of my mom's bike when I was little, but this front seat looks like it would be 100 times more fun.

Anonymous said...

Hello Joanna! I would love to know what is the brand of the black bike you ride on the bottom photos? I know the white one is a public bike, I love those! I love your blog! Thank you!

H said...

These photos are so sweet, you look like such a stylish mom! I used to love riding on the back seat of my dad's bike when I was little, and it's a great way to show your kids how easy it is to exercise and have fun.

Meaghan said...

So cute! How are you liking your Publics bike? I'm toying with ordering one, if I can get a relative in the states to bring it up to me...

Anonymous said...

Hi again Joanna! I found the answer to the brand question. I is a Linus, right? I could not see it right in the picture but did a little research and found it. Thanks anyway!

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, it's a linus, yes. it's alex's bike and we love it! meaghan, i LOVE the public, it rides really well and is super comfortable.

Joanna Goddard said...

anonymous, thanks for your note about trailers! we've put a TON of thought/research into the decision about seats, etc., and the front seat is best for us living in manhattan (trailers can actually be tricky on the busy, windy streets downtown), and the judgment call on whether an activity is worth it -- when it comes to safety vs. enjoyment -- is something every parent needs to make a gazillion times a day (eating ice cream, riding rollercoasters, playing on a playground, rough housing with friends, riding bikes, going skiing/sledding, even leaving the house, ha!). for us, we absolutely adore bikes, we take incredible care with toby's safety, and we think it's worth it for us all to ride. xoxo

vitaminA said...

this is awesome! you two make such a cute pair! :)

Gabrielle said...

We use an Ibert bike seat, its a front seat too. I much prefer them to the back seat for not throwing off the balance of the bike so much. Plus being able to see what the child is up to and chat to them. With the ibert I like that it has leg rest areas so my daughters legs don't have to dangle and get tired. We have used it since our daughter was 18 months old and still use it now at 3.5 yrs. When she is about 4 yrs we will switch to a trail-a-bike.

bicyclehabitat said...

Hi lady! Lara here - met you at the New Amsterdam Bike Show. I'm the blogger and comm gal at Bicycle Habitat (the "I 'bike' NY" t-shirt) and just wanted to mention that your helmets should be a little further down on your forehead! Normally I wouldn't mention it but I had a little wreck this summer, and the extra padding from proper helmet location is important - if your helmet is too lose (e.g., it slips easily), or if it's not on your forehead (mid-level, so if you walked into a sign the helmet would hit first), it won't help as much. Just a few tips from someone who's been there, literally.

I know one of our managers is ultra-savvy about different bike seat options. Happy to check with her if you're still looking. :)

Either way, cheers and happy riding! I agree, Nutcase helmets are the cutest, cutest cutest!

L

Jillian said...

Good on you for heading out with Toby on a bike. I vividly remember sitting on my dad's bike and later riding beside him. It was such a hoot! And I wish I had a jazzy helmet like Toby - I wander if they make them in adult sizes!

Renee said...

we got the bobike for Tallulah and have been riding with her since she was 6 months! I'm a big fan of the front baby seat soooo good!

p.s; Toby is adorable! I like his helmet! We got Tallulah a ladybug one!

SK said...

ohh my heart!! toby looks SO happy - i bet he is so anxious to get a bicycle of his own!

Ally said...

I love riding bikes with my boy too!! Over here, I have the cheaper version of baby-seat, it's made of rattan, placed in front as well. Heehee!

Lajuanna said...

I read your blog everyday, but I've always just enjoyed from afar. But, these are just the cutest freakin photos ever! It goes without saying that Toby is a complete cutie pie, but there's nothing more beautiful than a happy mommy!

English Muse said...

how cute!!! he looks like he's having a blast!!!

Lane said...

My husband bikes with our two in a burley though out St. Paul/Mpls area. We are expecting our third and I think we will add a front seat. We would really love to get a bike from holland/denmark made for more kids but alas that is not in BUDGET.

PS your mom comments were so cute!!!

wildchild said...

you look so beautiful, joanna! being a mom suits you :) and that seat is so cute. toby looks like he's having the time of his life.

miss sarah said...

Riding a bike with a baby is my THING! You and Toby look seriously great:)

We retrofitted the Madsen cargo bike and started w. Dexter in a car seat on the cargo bike, when he was 4 months old.

Mama has got to ride!

MotitaKiut said...

What a lovely idea! You two look really happy and relaxed...Is really nice of you to share your most wonderful and meaningful moments with people you don't know in person but always appreciate what you write and the time you put to this lovely blog. Thank you.

Maya said...

His hair color is adorable! As is the rest of Toby, of course.

Maria said...

Toby looks SO cute!!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

April said...

Your pictures are so adorable I want to get a bike and a front seat right at this very moment. I love your yellow shoes. What are they?

Lisa said...

Oh man, that's too cute. I love that he's clearly having a ton of fun on these pictures!

Riding a bike with a baby is another one of those things that lots of people in America would probably find insane, while in the Netherlands it's completely ordinary. When Tob gets bigger and maybe has siblings, you could invest in a real Dutch bakfiets to lug him/them around town.

Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

That brings back fond memories of my own. Being dutch I used to ride my bike with my little boy everywhere. These pictures are so cute!

nuresma said...

This Nutcase is so cute!
When the moment to have kids arrives to me I will absolutely ride with them!

Double the Giggles said...

We use ibert front toddler seats for our twins, which kind of fall right inbetween (price-wise) the 2 seats you mentioned. Love them on the front, and you're right...the bike rides witht hem are invigorating, and I love to see the smiles on peoples' faces that we pass.

Joanna Goddard said...

i love these fun comments! April, the yellow shoes are from anthropologie xo

Joanna Goddard said...

miss sarah, that sounds awesome!!

Monica said...

I can't get over the cuteness of these photos! AMAZING... dying to try with my little guy :)

Jacqueline said...

Just got back from Japan where I saw tons of mamas and babies on bikes. Sometimes two babies! So cute. In fact, for every one stroller I saw, I saw at least 10 babies on bikes! Great for city life.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanna,
So cute!
Just one thing...you may want to wear your helmets tipped a bit more forward on your head, rather than back. Just think (forbid!) you & Toby should do a header off the bike, you'll be a bit better protected!

But...so happy to see you both wearing your helmets!
Danielle

Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons said...

No kidding, Toby is literally one of the most adorable kids I have ever seen!!!

Laura said...

Joanna - i know you delete some of less than nice comments on your posts, so you might decide to delete this one too... but i am hoping you will not take this in a mean-sprited way! :)

but it does seems a bit strange that you answer all questions re brand of jeans, shoes, bike etc, but with so many comments re the fact that you and toby are wearing your helmets incorrectly, you seem to ignore most of them...

you say toby's safety is at most importance to you (which i dont doubt for a second!) but perhaps wearing the helmets correctly is something like installing the carseat correctly - takes a bit of research and practice! :)

in light of that - how about you acknowledge the fact that you were doing in incorrectly, and one of these mondays have a post on wearing the helmet the correct way?

sounds like a win/win - you and toby benefit directly, and all those mamas that are interested in riding bikes with their babies can learn something too (almost as important as the brand of the shoe/ jeans you are wearing :)

Elina said...

how cute? :-D

Kristen said...

We have the same helmet! Is that a decoration over the brim or is if a light/safety device of some sort? Whatever it is, it's weirdly cute :)

Glamourbibliotekaren said...

He is so CUTE!! I just love his eyebrows!!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Jo,
I don't know your blog very well, but I saw you and your cutie pie on a bike, I thought you where Dutch... (although the helmet gave you away...). I am from Amsterdam, currently living in Switzerland. Here everyone wears a helmet, adults and kids. In Holland not so... People are riding bikes all the time, not only for fun, kids go in the front, back, behind. Specially in Amsterdam, mothers (and daddy's) use a bike with a big carrier attached to the bike, seats about 2-4 kids. When my oldest was little and we lived in Amsterdam, I had her first on the front of my bike (then the seat and the bike where stolen....); when she was bigger and heavier (about 3 years) I had her sitting in a back seat. It's easier to steer a wheel too when they are so heavy.
People should not judge you, or your way of wearing your helmet (at least you wear one, in Holland you would attract attention). Maybe people should open their eyes a bit more and have a look what other mothers are doing in another country, every single day, rain or shine....
Anyway, just wanted to say, keep on riding your way and I look forward to reading more of your posts, all the best! Maureen

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i cannot believe how much he has grown since that 'first ride' photo! unbelievable! i'd love to know what he's thinking on those bike rides...it really must feel like a rollercoaster, i've never thought of it that way!

simone said...

NO FEAR!! Reading some of the comments I would like to let you know that riding a bike with your child is not dangerous and especially with a front seat it's a great experience. Being (another) Dutchie I can know. I have a 5-year old and a 7-year old and I used a Bobike mini and maxi and i was very pleased with them. You can actually attach a small lock to it so they can't take it out. My children now ride their own bikes to school but I can still transport them on my bike with a special saddle on the front of the bike. So enjoy cycling with your child: it's a lot better for them to be on a bike than in the back seat of a car!

Kathcasey said...

Thank you thank you thank you for wearing a helmet with your child! I see so many parents riding with their children - the kid has a helmet and the parent doesn't. I think it's such a bad example! I want to see helmets go trendy!

gillian. said...

i hope the person who stole the baby bike seat really needed it, and now a person who needs to use their bike a lot and has a baby has a safe way to transport baby.

also- major props on the helmet. so so so many people don't wear helmets riding. and i agree with kathcasey. often i see parents riding without helmets. what if something happened (god forbid) and the parent wasn't conscious to help baby?! ugh! i can't even think about it.

Joanna Goddard said...

laura, thanks for your comment! i actually was THRILLED that people told me how to wear helmets the correct way -- i was actually just talking to my dad on the phone about that tonight and saying that i was so happy that people corrected us. we've already adjusted our helmets. if you look, you'll see my comment above the says, "Giulia and Lissa, thank you for the tip!!!!!" which is about their helmet pointers. xoxo

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Ana Alegria Says said...

so CUTE!!

Laura said...

Hi Joanna - great, glad to hear you both will be safer out on the streets! :) now please do a post for all of us (with babies now or in the future) so we can get it right the first time :)

(p.s. i dont think it is fair to compare NYC drivers to those in Holland or Amsterdam! the number of cars/ their size / speed make a huge difference.... plus, in any case, a fall could happen anywhere, even on an empty sidewalk. better safe, than sorry - right? :)

Laura

redmenace said...

I want one, but can they be used on a road bike? We have hills here in Seattle and we can't really use cruisers :( Thanks!

Celeste said...

I've been waiting for this post! Started biking with my baby a couple months ago with seat on back and love it. Sadly my bike was stolen too! I feel ur pain. But luckily I brought the seat in the house. Good to hear you like the front seat. I kind of wanted one too, but none of the bike shops in the east bay stock them... Love Toby's helmet and your bikes!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo, I LOVE your floral shirt! Where is it from? You and the bub look so fresh and sweet. Must be the toothy (Toby) smiles! x Jo

maticki said...

we have the same helmet! in the country where nobody wears one and women cycle with their babies in slings the second they come back from the hospital (the Netherlands)!

we are not natives, so we got one!

http://matickimoods.blogspot.com/2011/09/little-nutcase.html

Stacy E. said...

I love that picture of Toby laughing! Thank you for sharing your family with us!

Sneaky Magpie said...

My fav topic, I have the Bobike seat too but I find it challenging to get on the bike, I cannot wear jeans with back pockets. It must be my Dutch bike. Anyway,lovely pictures and happy baby biking!

jonahliza said...

what happy photos! thank you for your awesome and inspiring blog.. i cant wait to have kids <3

Chris said...

Those photos are really adorable. With my kids, though, I haven't gone the bike seat route, but I'm still able to get in a good bit of transportation cycling in. Say I'm dropping them off at daycare. I can't take them there on my bike, so we go in the car, but I actually leave my car in the daycare parking lot, and then ride to work on my folding bike. It fits right in my trunk, and it's so easy to just unfold and ride. So while I'm still driving with the kids, I'm still getting in a good bit of riding, saving money and the planet, and my kids see me riding, so hopefully it's something they'll want to do too, when they're a little older.

Lianne Bergeron said...

Hi Jo! I am Canadian but live just outside of Amsterdam. Bike everywhere - Have had kids in front, in back - some of the first kids in Amsterdam with mandatory helmut policy (mine). When my second was born I bought a "bakfiets" which is translated: a box bike - It has a box in front that seats 4 (and for a while a baby car seat and 2 kids) and a seat on the back for a bigger kid. So all in all - a bicycle built for 6 that I power with my own legs. I can also get a weeks worth of groceries in there! but can still take it out for a long bike ride! Love my bike!!!! Great to see you biking in NYC!

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Anonymous said...

Really great photos, but I wanted to point out that the helmet on your son is being worn incorrectly and by wearing it so high on his head he is in danger of a serious head trauma if an accident occurs. Please reread the instructions on the Nutcase website for more info, but in short the helmet should come just above his brow ridge. Wearing the helmet as you have it on your son and yourself, exposes your forehead and that is actually wear you need the most protection. I applaud you for putting a helmet on your son, I see so many who don't, but the way he is wearing it in the photos is pretty much like him wearing no helmet at all.

Kate said...

We live in a small New Mexican town where sidewalks are rare and stickers abound. Bikes still get pulled from our dungeon {garage}, however, and helmets still get put on. We love our Amsterdam bikes, and we use the iBert.

Angie said...

Joanna- I am moving back to the states from Amsterdam, and looking for a good replacement to my mamabike here. Question, in your bike search, did you find anything roomy, like they have here in Holland, that is, a long bike, with ample space for seat and you without feeling like you're very on top of baby? I'm totally unsatisfied with the search in the US! :(

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Katie said...

Hi Jo, I know this is an old post now but I was wondering if the wee ride makes it difficult to mount / dismount from the bike? Thank you so much & for all the great mummy tips!

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CINTHIA RAMIREZ said...

I also have the wee ride! and my one and a half year old absolutely loves feeling like she's steering while making her version of a car noise lol we actually just rode for almost five miles and she especially loves the front that protects them in case of a fall the poor sweetheart gets so tired she uses it as a head rest lol.

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