What are your options when your child has outgrown their trailer or child seat, but are not ready for cycling independantly?
What do you do when your child refuses to learn how to ride a two wheeler?
A long search led me to a very useful bike. Read why this bike takes first place for transport and utility cycling in our house.
Your child carrying options include trailers, baby bike seats and specially made bikes.
A Chariot CX2 cycle trailer was our major purchase when expecting our first child. After two children and six years of use we were sad to see it go. I made a photo slide show celebrating its usefulness:
We chose the ‘Chariot’ brand double trailer for its safety, versatility and protection. We used it extensively not only for cycling, but also as a jogging pram, single and double stroller and cargo trailer for errands around town. On outings, we’ve even put our daughters balance bike in the trailer with her, so she could self-propel from time to time. It was light and easy to tow. Our biggest accident with it was when we misjudged the track width and it jack-knifed off the trail and down a bank. Our child, although surprised, was unharmed (and thought the whole incident was a blast).
Width and length of the overall ‘rig’ are the main downside of trailers. Our local bike trail uses very narrow pinch point gates to discourage motorbikes. To get past we had to unhitch it and lift it over, which is definitely a two person job. As a stroller it was wide and not always easy to maneuver around shops and through doorways. We found that the disadvantages were outweighed by its versatility, durability, excellent weather protection and its gear/groceries carrying capacity.
What piece of family cycling equipment would you like to nominate for a hall of fame?
The sandwich technique is a handy recipe for riding with your kids in a way that will help you model, observe, coach and connect.
Courtesy, caution and consideration are key when sharing a path with other users.