Training as a Stay At Home Parent

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Cycling with Tadashi

I was keen to take Tadashi out for a bike ride when he was very young. However, I did not like the idea of riding with him on the roads in Japan. So, when I found out that there were a lot of bike paths where we were moving to in California I was ecstatic.

Adjusting

After doing some research I opted for a Burley Bee bike trailer. Much to my dismay Tadashi was not a huge fan of riding in the bike trailer. On more than one occasion I would have to turn around early and make the ride back with a screaming kid in the back. So, I put riding with Tadashi on the back burner for the long hot summer months and hoped that when he was older he would enjoy it more.

Silver Strand

After the long hot summer was over I decided to give it one more try to see if Tadashi would enjoy the bike trailer more than he had in the past. Since it was such a pain to pack everything I opted to drive to a further away bike path. Go big or go home. The longer distance away made it seem more worth it to do all the necessary packing. If he hated it we would spend the day at the beach… Well it was a smashing success. Tadashi loved the ride. We took a nice break at Trident Coffee in Imperial Beach for some cold brew coffee and a snack. Afterwards Tadashi took a nice long nap in the trailer while I battled a gnarly head wind to get back into Coronado.

Trident Coffee break

Packing List

Getting everything loaded up in the back of our SUV is a bit of pain. Going for a bike ride with Tadashi requires a lot of planning and double checking to make sure I do not leave anything. Below is my packing list of stuff that I bring on every ride.

  • Helmets (mine and the kiddos)
  • Thermos w/ apple juice and water
  • Snacks for Tadashi
  • Sunscreen
  • Bike Tools
    • Multi tool
    • Tire levers
    • 18mm pedal wrench
    • Spare tubes (bike and trailer size)
    • Co2 cartridges
  • Toys (I keep a few stashed in the “trunk” of the bike trailer in case he gets bored with the ones in the cabin)
  • Stuffed animal
  • Extra clothing for after the ride
  • Sandals
  • Jacket for Tadashi
  • Sun hat for Tadashi
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Bike lights
  • Bike computer
  • Gloves
  • Riding shoes
  • Energy bars/gels/blocks
Getting everything to fit requires some real Tetris skills

Tips & Tricks

Burley Design Hitch Alternative Adapter works better with my KHS Grit 110 than the hitch that came with the bike. However, it has a tendency to come loose on bumpy terrain. So, I carry an 18mm pedal wrench to tighten it back down.

As I mentioned getting everything packed requires some Tetris skills. I have to removed the wheels from the trailer, the front wheel from my bike, and my bikes seat post. I double and triple check to make sure I did not leave (it happened once already) these items at home.

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