- Vehicular cycling always feels safest to me, whether bicycling in urban areas, through suburb neighborhoods, on trails, or in small town Montana.
- Riding solo with a loaded bike (the trailer or loaded rack/bags on the longtail) was great for getting accustomed to handling while carrying passenger weight, before actually carrying a passenger.
- We wear helmets, and we wear them like this.
- The longtail and Hooptie have been a comfortable way to transition our child from the trailer to the longtail. She wanted a Hooptie rather than a stoker bar so something was around her while on the bike.
(her helmet was readjusted after this photo, before riding)
- Feeling safe is comfortable (see above list).
- Cushioning the deck for the backseat rider is a homemade cushion for the FlightDeck.
- Footrests made from bar ends (leftover from another bike) make mounting, dismounting, and riding easier.
- Fleece mittens and a balaclava are great to keep out cold and keep in heat. (I prefer a wool scarf and a thin wool hat.)
- Winter goggles keep eyes from watering and tears freezing. (I prefer sunglasses.)
- Snowboots are required when the temperature is below 40º F, and a snowsuit when the temperatures near 20º F.
What do you do to keep yourself or your kids comfortable and safe on the bike?
Please note: I am not a bicycling safely expert, pediatrician, or any sort of professional that claims to know what's best for you and/or your family. The information stated here isn't a recommendation for your family, but just some of what works for our family.