Lou came to us asking about a solution for carrying her two boys on her bike but wanted to avoid a trailer, and use her existing bike – so no Cabby or Bakfiets. We talked about a few ideas involving Trail-a-bikes and seat combinations, but hit on a winner when we came up with converting her existing bike with an Xtracycle Longtail kit and setting it up with a Peapod Seat, Stoker Bars, Footsies and a Kick-back stand. We were able to supply the Free-radical conversion kit, and Lou ordered the seat from the U.S.
It was lots of fun for Chris build up, and Mick deserves credit for fabricating a neat solution to combine the normally incompatible Footsies and Kickback together.
Lou turned up for her first ride with her boys in tow, and we knew we were on a winner when they clambered on board and started playing rocket-ship (3-2-1 Blast Off!!). A few wobbly laps ’round the block to get the handling down, and Lou was off home with Nick on the Brompton for a first-ride escort.
You can read Lou’s perspective on her blog – http://youngwebe.blogspot.com/2010/11/car-free-just-got-soooo-much-easier.html. Thanks Lou - it was a super-fun project and the kind of thing we love to do.
If you want a taste of the Xtracycle magic, the Watershed Bike Library includes an Xtracycle Radish bike, (set up for load carrying rather than kid carrying).