What we did this summer

Rare photo of both household adults together in the wild, at the Conservatory of Flowers

Rare photo of both household adults together in the wild, at the Conservatory of Flowers

All’s well that ends well. I have completed my surgical hat trick of being operated on at every UCSF campus, and am feeling fine. Better every day, in fact. After that, I took two weeks of vacation and used the SF Public Library’s Family Pass program to take the kids to nearly every museum in San Francisco and environs. A friend of mine once described the experience of using the library’s family pass program as entering the family version of Eddie Murphy’s “White Like Me” sketch on Saturday Night Live. “Oh you have kids? You can visit for freeeeeeeeeeee!” Even so the family passes used to be something of a hassle to use, as getting into popular museums involved sprinting down to the local branch first thing in the morning at the beginning of the week. The SFPL recently joined the rest of us in the 21st century, though, and now you can download passes electronically for any available date. It is, in a word (an overused word): awesome. I realize I may be undercutting my own best interests next summer here by putting that out on the internet. You’re welcome.

The SF Exploratorium: it was surprisingly easy to get a family pass through the library program (until now, I guess)

The SF Exploratorium: it was surprisingly easy to get a family pass through the library program (until now, I guess)

My other vaguely public service type action over the last few weeks was also internet-related. Those of you active on Facebook may be aware already that there are a couple of very active family biking groups local to Seattle and Portland. I am ashamed to admit that I have known about both for years, and posted to both, and yet it never really crossed my mind that such a thing might be nice to have in San Francisco. However I recently met two families who had moved to San Francisco from Seattle, and finally felt guilty enough after meeting them both at a local taco shop during our homestay vacation (Hi Cate and Elisabeth!) that I created a San Francisco Family Biking Facebook group myself. It’s a public group (for the time being at least) and anyone is welcome to join. Hope to see you there!

These racks filled up and later arrivals had to go to the overflow racks

These racks filled up and later arrivals had to go to the overflow racks

Another thing I did this summer was try some new family bikes to hit the market: the new mid-drive Xtracycle EdgeRunner and the Juiced ODK. And we hope to do a short-term rental of Yuba’s new Spicy Curry from Vie Bikes one day soon as well. In the meantime, today was the first day of school, and Team Bicycle remains strong at Rosa Parks Elementary. We’re going to need more bike racks.

 

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9 responses to “What we did this summer

  1. What did you think of the Juiced bike? I really like Tora’s designs

    • I liked it, although I would like it better with a pedal assist rather than a throttle. I think they need more accessories for kid-hauling! Unbeatable value and amazing range.

  2. Ooh, what did you think about the Juiced?? I like the two smaller wheels, so looking at that and the Haul-a-Day. Have you ridden that one? Any comparison thoughts between those two (for kid-hauling)?

    • gracie m

      I ride a haul a day (unassisted but eventually will be e-assisted) and i love it for moving my 7 yr old to his school and activities, light, nimble. fun to ride and can’t beat all the carry capacity for kid gear.

      • @gracie — Thanks! Why do you think you’ll want the assist? I’ve been considering the standard, with mountain bike gearing, for the SF hills. Assuming you’re in SF, do you feel it needs the assist?

  3. Glad you are feeling better!

  4. Amber

    I’m so glad to hear that you are doing well. Also super glad that you are going to review the spicy curry, I haven’t seen any real reviews of it yet online, just marketing info and I’m curious as to how it holds up against other mid-drive bikes. We have a Yuba mundo with an old pre bionx electric assist that is slowly fading. I know we’ll need to replace the current system.

    Thank you for all your wonderful reviews!!

  5. Jim Kaplan

    Yeah! A nice picture of you AND Matt. 🙂

  6. tkb

    I’m chomping at the bit to read your review of the Spicy Curry, I hope you get to borrow it soon!

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