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A bag of cherries in a pannier.

Cherry picking (and other u-pick fruit picking) in Brentwood. A successful 20-mile adventure by bike!

April to May to June is u-pick cherry picking season in the Bay Area When I was a child, I remember apple picking in New England with my dad.  My memory is fuzzy now and I don’t remember if we just went once, or multiple times, but I still remember climbing a ladder to pick, and watching cider presses.  I was confused when the cider came out brown when apple juice wasn’t.  It seemed odd, but I still enjoyed drinking it. There’s so much locally grown produce in California, and I wanted to create a similar experience for our family.  Especially after friends at a picnic shared some of their u-pick cherries with us. Last June, we went cherry picking at a u-pick farm in Brentwood for the first time.  Brentwood is the place to go for cherry picking in […]

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Adams trail-a-bike replacement spacer shim for hitch

A replacement Trail-a-bike hitch seatpost shim to help fix your trailer

  Trail-a-bikes We use an Adams Trail-a-bike (aka Tag along, as some people call it) to tow our child occasionally.  It is kind of like a tandem bike attachment for kids. The steel hitch slides onto a seatpost, and clamps on via 2 bolts and a hex-wrench.  The other end of the hitch has a square-shaped key and a hole for adding a retaining pin to hold the trailer in place.  There are spacers included that fit in there for different seatpost diameters. We have a Weehoo trailer as well, and this shim should fit that hitch as well.  This may also work for other tag along bikes, like the Weeride Co-Pilot and the Kazam Co-pilot.  Both of those clamp onto the seatpost of the adult’s bike.   We sometimes swap the trailer between bikes. Unfortunately, the bikes have different […]

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Photo of an Adams Trail-a-bike by citymama on flickr https://flic.kr/p/5P3u3A

How do you carry a child on a bike? What we know about bike attachments for kids

We didn’t own a car when our child was born.  That made the idea of running errands as a family much more complicated.  There are well-meaning laws in California and other states that require you to use a car seat to take your child home after they are born (assuming they are not born at home!).  Though apparently, the hospital is not allowed to deny discharge if you don’t take your child home in a car seat. A friend generously loaned us a car for a month.  Since we don’t drive much, we only used it for the trip to and from the hospital, and to meet up for a friend’s birthday at a cafe.  We live in a fairly urban area, so we were able to walk most other places we needed to go and transport our child via […]

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