Cycling with 3 children under age of 4

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Cycling with 3 children under age of 4

Postby pansy_pots » Sun Sep 23, 2007 13:30 pm

I am currently pregnant with my 3rd child due in April. When the baby is born the other 2 will be just under 4 and and 2.5. We have a Chariot trailer which we love and is used for the pre-school run.
I am keen to contunue cycling as soon as possible after the birth and am trying to figure out my best options. Does anyone have experience of using a child seat and a trailer or a kiddyback tandem with a trailer. I am concerned that my 4 year old will be too big for a seat but too small for a tandem.
I will be getting him a bike of his own soon (currently scoots along well pedal free) but think the chool run may be a tad too far - about 1.5 miles
Any advice welcome!


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Postby nickcuk » Sun Sep 23, 2007 21:28 pm

How do you have the energy to cycle ?

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Postby pansy_pots » Mon Sep 24, 2007 20:10 pm

It is really flat here and we only potter about but it is a serious sanity saver! The fresh air really helps with morning sickness

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Cycling with three children under age of 4

Postby windbreaker » Thu Sep 27, 2007 19:33 pm

There is a woman I see regularly who cycles with a double tag-along followed by a two kid trailer hitched. :roll: She tells me she doesn’t drive and it’s the best way to get around. I’ve only seen her on cycle paths and pavements. I live in Portobello, “Edinburgh’s Seaside” and we have a nice cycle path up to the city centre called the innocent railway path.

I have two kids and now my five year-old is too big for long trailer journeys and wants to copy the above set-up. Although the path is pretty good there are short stretches on the road and I think this long vehicle would be just too dangerous.

I’m pretty fit commuting 40+miles to and from work and train moderately seriously. With just two kids in the trailer I hit unbelievably low gears on slight hills as it is. The other worry I would have is jacknifing. I must take a photo of this ultimate family cyclist. My own thoughts are more along the line of looking for either a child back or tandem with kid cranks. I think a child seat and trailer would be safe enough if you have the legs for it

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Postby pansy_pots » Fri Sep 28, 2007 21:11 pm

Thanks windbreaker - I would also be concerned attaching the trailer to the tag along. Has anyone any advice on how young a child can use a childback tandem or a tandem with Kiddy cranks?

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Postby Ian Sims » Wed Oct 03, 2007 01:53 am

I've just got my son, who will be 4 at the end of December to ride our tandem with kiddy cranks. He managed the 8 km to day care this morning on his second ride. I guess if your eldest could ride with kiddy cranks then that would leave the other two for the trailer.

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