- doing the nursery run by bike…
I was thinking I’m best with a rear mounted seat (Hamax or similar), but this gets rid of my rack as luggage space. What then – front panniers (may not fit a rack with discs as well) / rucksack or courier bag (in the little one’s face) / trailer / cargo bike / xtracycle?
Unless I want to buy another car (which I refuse to do on cost and principal) it has to be by bike. What do the STW massive do?Posted 5 years ago
Push her in the buggy, which is a 3 1/2 mile round trip * 3 each week, so keeps daddy’s beer tummy in control.
I wouldn’t use a trailer on the roads round here (it only takes one inattentive idiot for it to go wrong, and there are plenty of those). There is no viable trailerable cheeky route. I may use a frame mounted seat at some point, so I can then still take the cut through via the park etc.
But for now, it’s a hike.Posted 5 years ago
Those with trailers, where do you leave them during the day. I doubt I’ll be able to bring it indoors at either the nursery or work, so it’ll have to sit outside all day 3 days a week whatever the weather. Won’t the fabric deteriorate pretty quickly? What are they like waterproofing wise – especially if left out all day; does the seat end up soaking for the return journey?Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I’m thinking about this now that Toddler North is attending playschool a few mornings a week. We have a trailer, but the lanes round here are so narrow and twisty, that the direct route just isn’t that safe (even by my militant share the road standards).
I’d be happier with her in a seat on the bike, so am going to buy a Topeak Babysitter.Posted 5 years ago
My nursery have a shed for buggies, they fold down and don’t take up a huge amount of space. Well no one has complained yet anyway.
I do the same as binners and then ride off to work. I use an extra waterpoof cover which they sell to go with the croozer which is useful. Have had the kids in there for several hours in the rain and they have been fine. Probably one of the best purchases i have made for years, we did the Devon coast to coast in it this ‘summer’. Not to mention days out and heading off to school and nursery.Posted 5 years agogranny_ringSubscriber
A mate used to use a seat thing like the one tomaso mentioned for the older sprog up to 3 years old I think. He did mention that if he cycled more than a few miles his knees hurt because of having to cycle a bit like Charlie Chaplin!
Sprog #2 sat on a rear mounted seat, not sure how he carried luggage tho?Posted 5 years agosl2000Member
I use a Hamax with my 2 year old. I put my pannier in a large day sack which I then hang off the back of the child seat – with the shoulder straps over the seat and the chest strap stopping it falling off. I lock the Hamax and bag in the buggy park while I cycle to work with the pannier on the rack.Posted 5 years agoKipMember
Hard tail and trailer for well over a year in all weathers. I used to leave the trailer at nursery under the fire escape stairs outside with a cover over it in the rain. Worked great for us and have only stopped because my work has moved to 25 miles away!
My advice is go for the best trailer you can afford as ours is trashed now!Posted 5 years ago2tyredMember
Tyred Jr Jr is 4 now and has made the trip to nursery under his own steam for a couple of years now; before that he rode either on an ibert front seat or a co-pilot rack mounted rear, with my bag to, errr, rest his face against.
But after seeing Motorman’s bike I’m away to impregnate Mrs Tyred again so I can build up one of those! That is teh awesum.Posted 5 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Tomaso are those leco things quick fit jobs you can throw on in a minute or so?
Reckon they’d work in tandem with a rear seat for double trouble nursery runs? Not really got the space for trailers or cargo bike shenanigans
I did see a bloke at wkend with rear bike seat and another little un just balanced on top tube/handle bars, seemed to be riding along ok if a little risky.
Mattjg driver idiocy can mow you down on the pavement or ram into your own car, you can either never leave the house or just do what you can to make things safe, hi viz, lights, riding style, occasional use of pavements and crossings (highway code vs my kids safety…..? Hmmm) most drivers tend to give you room when you have kids on board too, but I accept it won’t be for everyonePosted 5 years agospacemonkeyMember
Initially tried a Hamax thingy but couldn’t escape the fact it made me feel like I’d drunk 10 pints before setting off.
Ended up buying a Croozer in the summer and I have to say it’s awesome. Plenty of cabin space for jnr monkey as well as storage in the ‘back’. He loves it – except when we hit any bumps a tad too hard! If I could justify the spend then I’d get the German one that has ‘proper’ suspension. RRPs around the £1100 mark IIRC 😯Posted 5 years agomogrimMember
A seat on the back is a lot easier to use if your bike has long chainstays – otherwise all the weight is behind the back wheel, which is a real pain when you’re loading small on.
It’s not so bad once you’re moving, but until you get the hang of it it’s quite easy to find the front wheel up in the air and your precious heading towards the ground…Posted 5 years agojoemarshallMember
Bike trailer, locked up outside our playgroup. I never asked, just leave it locked up in the yard / car park bit. We’re not in a city though, so there’s tons of space for parking and I’m not worried about leaving it there. I unclip the bike, then go off for a ride and a swim, getting back for pick up time.
I have a double, so I give her friend a lift too.
Do they have space for prams to be left – whilst it is quite big, a trailer is not much bigger than some of the massive twins prams, especially if you fold it flat.Posted 5 years agojoemarshallMember
Oh and she loves the trailer, and you can fit a weekend’s camping gear into it and go camping, take it to the shops, take it on holiday, it has tons of uses.
Easy to pull too, and stopping is easy compared to a bike seat, can just leave her in it when you stop until you’re ready to get her out.Posted 5 years ago
Neither know nor care about the reason but I always get given more space and time.
Yeah I notice this too – though I get the feeling it is often accompanied by tutting, shaking of heads and muttering about that stupid cyclist endangering his child. 🙄
FWIW the road routes I take with the trailer are deliberately picked to be 30 or 20 limits. I’ve had one guy beep and shout nasty sweary words at me (in front of my toddler, mate? nice!), but everyone else has been pretty courteous.
The trailer is pretty visible: reflectives, lime green back, bright orange flag plus a bit more “car-shaped” so I guess that helps.
I do get a lot of nice positive comments from kids and parents – usually about how good it is, what a great way to travel, how they want a go on one… as they squeeze their obese kids into the back of the Zafira. 😆Posted 5 years ago
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