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RE: [rootsradicals] Question about carrying multiple young children.

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  • Liz W. Durham
    I think it is a matter of preference. I did not like having the trailer on the streets I ride on..some are pretty busy. And I could not easily check in with
    Message 1 of 28 , Oct 23, 2009
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      I think it is a matter of preference. I did not like having the trailer on the streets I ride on..some are pretty busy. And I could not easily check in with how my son was doing. I started riding with my son right around 12 months of age in the Bobike front mount seat. I had a couple of toys that I attached to his seat straps so he could play with them but they would not fall. Since he was in front of me I could just hand him a drink or food…that will be harder with him in back. The times he fell asleep he stayed restrained by the straps but his head did loll a bit. Of course, he rarely falls asleep on the bike. As for squirming…he learned fast to not do crazy rocking from side to side (I stop pedaling and come to a stop). I hardly notice small squirming with him on the back seat now that I have a BD. But you are talking about 2 potential squirmers on the back. Could be different.


      From: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com [mailto:rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of kyrie@...
      Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 2:54 PM
      To: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] Question about carrying multiple young children.



      Hmm, those are all good reasons to use a trailer. I am concerned to ride
      on the roads with a double - my single already feels gigantic. I'm not a
      big person, and I do sometimes struggle pulling my single. I do worry
      about the squirming. I can see how a trailer would be useful to bring
      along on long trips, though. That's a great idea.


      > On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 7:47 PM, kyrie_and_ian <
      href="mailto:kyrie%40calado.com">kyrie@...> wrote:
      >> I have two sons, 9 months and three years. As far as I can tell, only
      >> one Pea Pod seat can be installed on the Xtracycle at a time. I do
      >> a
      >> single bike trailer, but I'd like to be able to take both kiddos ON my
      >> bike.
      >> My three year old is about 35 lbs, and I am uneasy about riding
      >> him
      >> securely restrained - I worry that a stoker bar and footsies wouldn't
      >> enough.
      > We have two boys, a 2.5yr old and a 4.5yr old. We've been using the
      > Xtracycle along with a Wike Moonlight double trailer for about a year and
      > a
      > half now.
      > I personally feel that the trailer is better for really young children
      > (under 4), because they can more easily eat, drink, play with toys, nap
      > and
      > stay out of the sun. There's no concern about dropping things or having
      > them fall off. Plus you get the full benefit of the Xtracycle's
      > cargo-carrying capability (as well as the "trunk" on the
      trailer, which in
      > the case of the Wike is pretty voluminous).
      > As my boys get older, they are more and more interested in riding on the
      > back of the Xtracycle, but we still bring the trailer unless it's a short
      > trip, in the event one or both gets tired and wants to rest. I should
      > note
      > that we use the Xtracycle/Wike combo for all sorts of local trips, up to
      > and
      > including ~15mi (one way) trips to the neighboring towns.
      > Also, I personally find that the bike is much more stable to ride with the
      > kids in the trailer than when they're looking/leaning/squirming on the
      > back
      > of the X. But I'm a big guy (6'3" and 215lbs) so the trailer's
      ability to
      > push me around may be different than a smaller / lighter person. Would
      > still be less wobbly than squirming kids though, I'd bet ;)
      > Hope that helps,
      > Steve

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