Guide to Baltimore Family Biking

We’re working on a guide to family biking in Baltimore with a few of our favorite routes and where you can test-ride and purchase things like bike seats, trailers and cargo bikes. Of course, you can buy bikes, seats and more online but we always like supporting our local bike shops. Nearly every local shop carries at least a few options for trailers and rear-mounted seats so this guide is more focused on harder to find items. Any suggestions? Let us know.

Where do I start?

There are a number of helpful resources to help you learn more about biking with children. Here are a few of our favorites.

Where can I find a bike seat or trailer?

  • Baltimore Bicycle Works and Light Street Cycles both now stock iBert seats.
  • REI Timonium and REI Columbia both carry Yepp bike seats.
  • Race Pace Bicycles carries Burley trailers and accessories in all stores, and we stock Croozer brand trailer/jogger/stroller all-in-one (at their Baltimore location). They also stock the the Topeak rear mount baby seat and the iBert Safety Seat.

Where can I find a balance bike?

Where can I find a cargo bike?

What other family-friendly bike rides or trails can I find in Baltimore?

  • Don’t have a bike of your own? Check out Ride Around the Reservoir in Druid Hill Park! Sponsored by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, this ride offers bikes and helmets for all ages and sizes and BCRP employees are available to help teach beginners. A $5 donation is suggested to help maintain equipment and photo ID required to borrow equipment. Rides are every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Druid Hill Reservoir across from the basketball courts.
  • Looking for something for older kids? Old Line Velo organizes regular group rides including weekday evening rides for “Novice” road and mountain bikers. These rides may not be best for riders with small children but may be a great opportunity to bike with teens.
  • Can’t get enough family rides? Take a look at Kidical Mass DC or find more family rides across the country on the Kidical Mass website.
  • Want to get away from cars for a while? Baltimore Spokes has a helpful collection of local bike trail maps and Welcome to Baltimore, Hon! highlights a few of the most popular options including the Baltimore and Annapolis, Gwynns Falls and Northern Central Railroad Trail.

6 responses

  1. Patrick McMahon | Reply

    I got my Kona Ute (http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=ute) cargo bike at Race Pace Bicycles on Key Highway and may also carry the Trek Transport (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/urban_utility/transport/).

    Additionally, Tom LaBonty, who runs http://tomscargobikes.com/ in Portland, OR will build “Long John” style cargo bikes starting around $600.

  2. info@kasperscargos.com | Reply

    Both the Daily Rider & Mt Airy, as well as College Park bikes have the Bullitt cargo bikes.

    If you have a charity ride, or a Ride to School Day in mind, they can arrange to lend you a bike or to bring one to your rides. Ask for the Kasper’s rep. Ask twice if you need to…

  3. Does anyone have thoughts about the Yepp Maxi and Yepp Junior child bike seats? My son weighs 40 lbs and will be 5 in October. He loves the look of the Yepp Junior, but he’s just slightly too small…and of course I have no idea where to get one in the area!

    1. Hi Jenn! I’ve read plenty of good reviews online of the Yepp Maxi but I have not seen it in person. The Yepp Maxi is in stock at the REI Store in Timonium and Columbia and do please let me know if they let you take it for a test ride (or have it set up on a bike)! I think the Yepp Junior is still so new it is not widely available in the U.S. or even from any online retailers that I could find.

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