Sunday, September 17, 2006

New childseat & kickstand for Thorny!

Thorn Raven Adventure Tour
Originally uploaded by ahconway.
With our move to Boston now imminent, we've started doing all those things and buying all those bits that we will want in the US but that aren't available there.

One of those things is a Bobike Maxi bike seat for Gemma. She's now too big for the front-mounted Mini, but it's worked so well that we've decided to try the rear-mounted version. There's a lot more choice in rear-mounted seats, but this one seems well-made, comfortable, and relatively unobtrusive. It can also be switched from one bike to the other reasonably easily.

It also appears that I should be able to attach panniers to the rear rack with the seat on, which will be really good for longer journeys.

This will allow me to zap out for a fast ride up the bike path or into town with Gemma much quicker than on the Christiania. We'll also be able to take both girls out in the Spring, when Elsa is old enough for the Mini on Kim's bike.

I also took this opportunity to have a kickstand fitted by my friends at Velorution. Again, this one is relatively low-profile, and I already love being able to leave the bike standing on its own without looking for a suitable leaning place!

As ever, Andrea at Velorution was very helpful with these two purchases; I can only hope that I'll be able to find as friendly and interesting a shop where we're moving.


Anonymous said...

That looks like a fine child seat. I’m testing one – another brand – for my ten-month-old. Do keep us posted on how your set up is working. On my first ride I found myself a lot more conservative (read afraid) than I though I would be. The whole bike just felt so much heavier and I had the impression that all the weight in the back was gonna cause the front wheel to jump off the ground. No such thing happened but I guess it will take a bit of getting used to.

Andrew said...

Good luck, Alberto - of course there's always going to be some getting used to. I haven't ridden this set-up with a passenger yet, and I'll post my initial experiences. This one is for our 2 1/2 year old; when she was younger, we used a front-mounted seat that really didn't affect the handling at all. Please see here for more info.