Thoughts? Comments? Ideas?
Thoughts? Comments? Ideas?
So, I'm coming late to the conversation, but it's nice to see we have some mamas with cargo bike experience here.
I've been thinking about getting one for a while, but I'm stumped at this point as to what our best choice is. I have an autistic toddler (too heavy for a child seat, but not yet capable of sitting still and holding on), and am pg with what we're planning on being our last child. One of the main things I'd like to be able to do with the bike is grocery shopping. Right now I drive to do it, have to pay for parking and deal with finding parking (not always easy), and it's only about 1.5 miles from my house. I just have no way of transporting the groceries other than the car. The kids probably wouldn't be coming shopping with me, but otherwise I'd always have them with me while riding (whether for exercise or to get somewhere). Eventually, the ability to transition the toddler on his own bike (starting off attached to mine, like with a Trail-a-bike) would be required. I'm thinking that a long bike isn't the best option because of the toddler, I'd be better off with something with a cargo box, but can you attach a Trail-a-bike to a cargo box bike? How useful would a cargo box bike be once the kids outgrow sitting in it?
And then of course, the big question is how useful any of this would be because we live on the top of a fairly steep hill... it's only a block down to the bottom, and I'd have to walk the bike down the hill (busy cross-street at the bottom), but would I have to push it (fully loaded) up the hill too?
That sounds awkward, Cristeen.
I live at the bottom of a steep hill, it ends at a cross street as well and I've not had any problems stopping. We got the bike with disc brakes which I do love. Walking the bike is okay. As I got more fit, I became much less likely to walk it.
If you need something for a newborn, then I think that is harder since it will be a while before an upright seat works. Generally what I've seen are arrangements that hold an infant car seat. I recall seeing a yuba with boxed infant seats--one on each side of the rear wheel. (Lower weight is more stable BTW) Madsens are nice for littler ones because of the big bucket. My Yuba has extra handlebars especially for big kids to hold. You can get the baby/toddler seats (x2!) but I don't know what size child grows out of that. If I were setting it up for an infant I am not sure how I would handle it.
I think boxes are less versatile as children grow older. And FWIW my youngest was riding on the back of the Yuba at 8yo and it was not a problem in any way--she stayed there until she was old enough to follow street safety rules in a group of four bikes, which is what we are now when I ride with the kids generally.
When we lived in Sweden, we biked all winter. We needed to get studded tires to handle the snow and ice.
Winter can be a wonderful time to bicycle, less overheating and terrific exercise and fresh air to beat the winter blahs.
Now that we are in the States again, we bike year round, but rarely see snow here in the mid-Atlantic area. My only complaint is the freezing wind - I wear good gloves and have a scarf around my face to buffer against the icy air.