Long story short, I did get the Townie SUB. The Townie I got at a local bike shop on clearance, and then I ordered the Freeradical and the Peapod bike seat for the back and a pair of footsies.
First I was just going to use a trailer. Then I realized it takes forever to hook up the trailer, get everyone in, and it feels unsafe to me to ride hauling that thing around. Especially compared to the bike seat I already have. And N is totally crushed in it. She is just too tall for it unless she is alone. And it is hard to park. And after 10 minutes the kids get squirelly and the trailer is all over the road. This could of course happen if they are on the back of the bike, but then I can reach them and smack them (JK)
So I decided I would get the Freeradical and put it on my own old bike. Then I decided that I would not get anything and DH agreed that I should just go out and ride and I should not need all the extra stuff... Well, when and how can I do that? The kids are always with me!
Then I test rode some bikes and I just liked the Townie the best but again decided I was not worth all the money to hopefully get to a more bike centered lifestyle. Then my sister pointed out that the return on investment in the case of a bike is not the gas you save, but the joy of riding your bike - and being able to do it regardless of having the kids along. And if I waited to have a bike centered lifestyle before buying the bike I would just be frustrated that I couldn't get there because I didn't have the tools to do it.
By the way Lisa, You are welcome to our old bike seat if you want it as a place holder till you get your very own peapod or bobike (for the front of your bike) I like having the little guys on the front of the bike. The seat we have is a very cheapo seat so I would say, get the peapod, which will last, work with the freeradical and meets Dutch safety standards for bike seats. Of course, growing up there I am not sure what that means since I used to ride on cargo racks all the time.
Anyway, all the stuff is at the bike shop and is getting put together and will be ready next week some time.
I don't want to wait but I have to.
And that is my mailbox update...