Best Outing with the Kids - 2008
Tandem Bike Trip to Tiburon (Plus Ferry Back to S.F.)
Every adult who has fidgeted for two hours in the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibition — or whatever other child-intoxicating abomination has been installed there since — knows how achingly boring it can be to take the kids to, well, places where kids want to go. But there is a solution: tandem bikes. You scoff, we know — but hear us out. Children absolutely love riding a bike as fast as they've seen their parents doing, going where their parents go, and being part of a team. "Trail-a-bike" style attachments, in which an extra kids' bike attaches to the seat post, have become a popular and inexpensive tandemlike option. But they're far less stable than a real tandem, and they subsume the child to a second-class team member. With a kid-adapted tandem or triplet up and running, a ride from the city to Tiburon and a ferry ride back turns what might be a stultifying day at children's museums into a thrilling day of full-family exploration and adventure.