1130Re: intro & Q re: hauling bigger kid and his bike
- Jun 14, 2007Hi,
I know we are all into Xtracycles in this group, but maybe a tandem
is a better configuration for your needs? YOu would need to think
about how many groceries you want to carry, but it sounds like he
could be a lot of help with you riding for the whole trip rather than
a dead weight, plus he'll be learning about how you ride in traffic.
You can get "kiddie kranks" to fit a tandem which mean you don't need
to buy a specialist tandem with a small rear frame.
Riding on your own, shouldn't mean much more weight than an xtracycle
I have two young children so I am getting into the configuration you
mention, but at some point I assume they'll outgrow that and I am
planning to go to the tandem solution.
http://www.tandem-club.org.uk/ might have more information on this.
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> I just learned about Xtracycle in a Co-op America newsletter, then
> some additional researching about it on the Internet. WOW! I'mbe
> really intrigued. I'll try to get down to Aaron's Bike Shop soon to
> check them out live (I'm in the Seattle area).
> I've got a great trailer (Cycle Tote), but my son has long grown out
> of the kid-seat setup, and trailers aren't fun on sidewalks where I
> ride with my son. We need to be on the sidewalks because so many
> roads around my area have traffic that is too fast and/or heavy to
> safe, even with bike lanes. (I rode for years in New York City, sosuburbs
> I'm a road warrior. But having been hit by a car once, in the
> no less, I don't want a repeat of that experience, especially nowthat
> I'm a parent). Even my husband bikes on the sidewalks in manyplaces.
> My son didn't like the trailer-bike, preferring to be on his own
> I didn't like it either, with my small frame bike (I'm 5'3") andhis
> squirming around. The trailer-bike didn't bother my husband toomuch
> (he's 5'11" and so rides a much larger frame), but as I said, ourson
> likes his independence! A friend of mine has an attachment that canabout?
> link the child's bike to the parent's bike (Tail-gator? or something
> like that), but my son is now too big for that.
> So, I'd love to do more cycling (errands, taking my son to school,
> maybe some touring). My son is an enthusiastic bicyclist, but rides
> hard for a brief time and then poops out. Which leads me to my
> question: can I realistically haul my 9 year old (who is 4'5" and
> growing fast) plus his bike (which has 20" wheels, but soon will
> graduate to 24")? If so, what kind of distances are we talking
> His school is 7 miles away, flat except for a killer hill at thelast
> mile. Presumably he will ride some portion of that, but let's say helibrary
> isn't feeling well when I pick him up at the end of the day.
> Shopping/library/etc is 2 hilly miles away. If I'm hauling him and
> his bike, will I also be able to carry other stuff, like some
> books or a bag of groceries?
> Many thanks!!
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