Test Driving

Aside from moving into a new place that can accommodate our growing family, we’ve done very little (actually, next to nothing) to prepare for upcoming arrival.

I know we still have time, I’m only 20 weeks after all, but it still seems like it is coming so quickly.

So, in an effort to prepare for to be a family of four, we thought it was time for us to go and test drive some new vehicles. Something with space for two (or more) little ones and a little additional cargo.

That’s right, while most people in our situation might be out trying a minivan or SUV on for size, we went out to shop for a new bike. A bike a little more suited to working as a family vehicle.

First up was the Zigo. Ewan loved sitting up front and we loved being able to see where he was at and what he was doing. It was an easy ride and being a trike it felt super stable.

With the Zigo it seemed like it was a bike that was trying too hard. Part bike, part stroller, part jogger, part carrier bike. It could do so much, yet it didn’t do anything super well. The price point is pretty easy to swallow, so it isn’t out of the running yet, but it seems that we’ll probably choose something else.

Next up was my dream bike. The good old Bakfiets. I discovered this bike about a year ago and have been lusting after it since. On Sunday I finally got a chance to load Ewan into the box and take one for a spin.

I hated it. Well, maybe hate is a bit strong. I felt out of control, which is something I don’t want when I have little ones in tow.

Eight feet long from tip to tip and only two wheels meant that stopping and starting was a bit tricky. Given that most of our rides are done on the very stop-and-start roads of Chicago, it just doesn’t seem like a good match. Loved the cargo space though. Loved the fact that I could handle the littles and a few groceries as well.

So, the search will go on. A strong contender is a Boxcycle, though we haven’t gotten a chance to test drive it yet. If we were in New York, we’d probably be strongly considering one of the custom bikes by the folks at Hudson Urban Bicycles.

And, can I just say, what fun we are having, looking at new bikes and continuing to commit to being car-free even as a family of four. Sure there are bound to be some challenges along the way, but we are all looking forward to it.

  • http://www.lifeologia.com ella @ lifeologia

    What a crazy bike!
    I would not want my kids in that either 😉