July 8, 2010
I'm supposed to be babysitting my niece this morning. Then I get a call about how the sleep times are all messed up for poor Keira and I won't be expecting them until later.
This gave me time to run to the library to grab some things I've put on hold.
Being a woman of leisure gives me lots of time to do some recreational reading and DVD viewing. The Edmonton Public Library is my best friend with this sort of thing. We also go to the Old Strathcona branch, which is an adorable old building.
This was the first time I've towed Dexter in the trailer on my own.
I haven't paid much attention to how the trailer hitches up to the bike. Figured it would be self-explanatory.
There is the arm thing.
And the trailer hitch.
The fit together. Ta da!
Off topic, but I wore my new casual sandals.
We arrive at the library.
So this is what I'm thinking in terms of pros and cons with a trailer versus a cargo bike.
Cargo bike (the Madsen): Better visibility. Cooler rig and fun conversations with strangers. Can fit up to four kids. Probably more entertaining for kids to sit high up. Nice for newborns because you can retrofit the bin for a car seat and base. However, this bike is top heavy and weird to balance with lots of weight (at least it is for me). If your baby is Dexter's age he can sit up on his own but cannot walk, so if you're planning a whole day out you either have to take a small stroller with you, a baby carrier, or just hold the baby while you're out.
Trailer: Can use your regular bike. It's covered so baby is protected from wind, dust, sun, and rain. Five point harness which is good for squirmy 1 year olds. Can buy trailers for single or two kids. They are very easy to tow, not heavy at all. Visibility isn't great, even with the dorky orange flag. Converts into a stroller so you can just detach it from the hitch, stick the front wheels on and be on your way.
I'm really lucky to have both. The Madsen was really good for when Dexter was a teeny baby, but now that my student gave me their old single kid chariot, I believe it may be possible to fit a car seat in there too. It probably wouldn't fit perfectly, but it's likely possible.
The first trailer Don and I bought is for two kids (we figured there would be room for Dougal, extra groceries, and in time baby number 2). This two seater option didn't look car-seatable for a newborn. We've since then put it in storage and will use it when we have more little bodies to transport.
Now that we have a single-kid one, we're really enjoying it. It's ugly, but it's very very practical. I'm kind of converted. The covered part is a big deal because I can be sure Dexter won't get cold if we're out late at night and he has his own little "tent" to go hang out in while we're at peoples' houses.
When the kids are older, though, I think I'll prefer the Madsen again because it's way funner to roll up to school and such in a big bucket. And it's more conducive to hauling other cargo like big grocery runs. Plus, it can fit more kids so I can haul friends and knapsacks. And by then the kids can hold an umbrella if it's raining, or sit on their mitt-hands when it's really cold.
Either way, I seem to have cargo options that will last for me quite some time.