It was just over a year ago, when I was hugely pregnant with my 3rd baby, that my husband and I started talking about getting a family bike. He’d just purchased a bike for himself, and I’d developed a raging case of bike envy. But I knew a bike would be virtually useless to me if I couldn’t take all my kids with me on it.
Still, we liked to dream. Initially our imaginings were borderline ridiculous: we’d get a good solid bike, put a child seat on the back for our 3-year-old, another seat on the front for the baby, attach a tagalong for our 6-year-old, and then add some pegs for me to stand on while he pedaled. It could totally work, right? (Hey, if Walk Off The Earth can all play one guitar, then the Heiselt family can all ride one bike.)
It didn’t take too long for our ridiculous imaginings to take a turn for the serious. After all, getting 3 kids around Brooklyn with no car is not something to take too lightly (although there is always going to be something that feels ridiculous about trying to get 4-5 people on one bike). We have some friends who do it with the aid of box tricycle. And watching them from afar, their kids all right there in front of them with room to pack a nice big picnic lunch looked mighty appealing . . . .
However, once our baby was born we realized that we still had many many months before we would feel comfortable putting that floppy little child on a bike, so we let our idea rest until this spring, when we were taken with the idea again to the point of obsession. Over the course of a couple of months we looked all over for a bike that could transport an adult and 3 children, groceries, toys, other bikes . . . whatever we needed. And that we could wheel into our apartment every night for safe keeping.
It turns out that there are actually quite a few options. If you’re in the market for a family bike, maybe one of these would work for you.