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Old 12-02-05, 12:19 PM   #1
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Hauling three kids on a bike

We have three kids ages 4, 2, and 7 months. Currently we have a Charriot Couger 2 bike trailer that can hold two of them. However, we we don't have a good way to have one of us go with all three.

The 4 year old has her own bicycle - however, she travels at walking speed, and has a range of about half a mile - not quite enough to get the 1-3 miles to some nearby destinations. (We are in Sunnyvale, CA, and just about every street is either low-traffic or has a bike lane - making it easy to get around with a bike. However, the public transit system is pretty much worthless.)

Are there any good solutions for hauling three kids with one bicycle? I have seen the Tanjor bike trailer mentioned, but it doesn't seem to be made anymore, and is impossible to find used.

Are there any other solutions for hauling three young children using one bike?
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Old 12-02-05, 03:08 PM   #2
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get an xtracycle with the bobike mini handlebar-mount seat for the 7mo, the bobike "maxi" (aka peapod, sold by xtracycle) for the 2 year-old, and the 4-year old can sit on the deck behind the kidseat, leaving room left over in the xtracycle for her bike when she tires. alternatively, haul the trailer behind the xtracycle - plenty of options.
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Old 12-02-05, 05:31 PM   #3
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I'm not kidding , mate when I say build a bigger trailer.
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Old 12-02-05, 07:08 PM   #4
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ive seen the childrens stocker on the back of a bike with the traailer hitched to that. you would have to be strong but it would work
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Old 12-03-05, 03:42 AM   #5
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What about a kid seat attached to a rack? I've seen people hauling two rugrats on these things around here, sans a trailer of any sort. Combine that with a trailer and you could carry the potential progenitors of thousands of people!
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You could always build something like this ( looks a bit heavy but it'll work )trailer description
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You could always build something like this ( looks a bit heavy but it'll work )trailer description
That looks like hell, especially with the xmart MTB.
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Old 12-04-05, 04:51 AM   #8
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I know, it's not mine , notice he didn't sell it ? Looks like an old ride on mower trailer you'd want to have good brakes too .
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"you'd want to have good brakes too"
Nah, Mate ya got it all wrong. With something THAT heavy
ya need seriously GREAT brakes.
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just get them roller blades and tell em to hang on

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"you'd want to have good brakes too"
Nah, Mate ya got it all wrong. With something THAT heavy
ya need seriously GREAT brakes.

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I ride with 2 on the back, and still have room to pull a trailer but I don't recommend it. It is challenging to ride with two on the back, I can't imagine what the trailer would add to the situation.

I also don't recommend putting two on the back with an additional front mounted childseat. When you have two on the back, you need to be able to get down off the bike easily, and having a child there will infringe on that space I find I really need.

I've given it some thought and recommend against doing it on two wheels. Unless you pick a completely different vehicle which has been made specifically for the number of riders and weight. I've seen such things out there... someone's trying to sell their ped-taxi right now, that would probably fit the bill. Heck, maybe you and the wife should get busy, there's a 10 person trike out there too...
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I changed my mind. Here's what you do that's within reasonable financial reach...

Bobike Junior on the back of your bike (for kids up to 80 lbs.) with a two kid trailer on the back...
http://www.bobobseats.com/index.php?pag=bobike_junior

Bobike Junior was in stock last I talked to http://www.koolstop.com


Beyond that have you considered a multi-person tandem? You need to get the 2 & 4 year olds to start contributing to the ride!

http://www.precisiontandems.com/artkidsbymccready.htm
http://www.precisiontandems.com/art16moolddiary.htm
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get an xtracycle with the bobike mini handlebar-mount seat for the 7mo, the bobike "maxi" (aka peapod, sold by xtracycle) for the 2 year-old, and the 4-year old can sit on the deck behind the kidseat, leaving room left over in the xtracycle for her bike when she tires. alternatively, haul the trailer behind the xtracycle - plenty of options.
todd, is that a Bobike on your xtravois? I like it. Thought it was a custom job for some reason.
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I regularly travel with our four kids. Our solution is a triple bike with a tandem-trail-a-bike.

Two solutions for you...

Get a triple and a trail-a-bike. (we like our Bike Friday triple)
Get a tandem and a tandem-trail-a-bike.
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yup, bobike on xtravois
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here's a pic of my friend Mike in Boulder with a solution for 2 kids. Could adapt to 3 by putting two in the trailer. Fouryearold on the tagalong, smaller ones in the trailer.
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I say get yourself a trailer and harness their energy
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How about the trioBike?



It's (1) an ordinary two wheel bike,



(2) a three wheel bike with room for two children up front (or cargo)



and also (3) a pushchair (pram).



Just add a rear rack with child seat for the 4 year old and you can transport all three with ease.

It comes in other colours, not just olive and there is an optional hood for the front.

There is one small downside to the amazing trioBike... it costs 2,217.29 for the basic model. Ok, if you live in Copenhagen or the like and are going to replace your car, but otherwise - Ouch!

Here are some more images and a very good movie.
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It almost looks like a 'professional' version of the Christiania bikes.

I wonder if you could attach a trailer to the back and pull 4.

Unfortunately, aside from the price, there is the little problem of getting the triobike anywhere outside Denmark.
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That TrioBike movie is excellent. My favorite part is that the mom is wearing the tight jeans with high heel suede boots. How come nobody bikes in that outfit in the US?
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We're using the tandem with attached trail-a-bike and kid trailer - four people and a spare seat for when the 4y/o gets tired and wants to sit with the 2y/o. You could do the same. Pix of us look pretty much the same as the above, but you can see us at: http://arlentandem2005.crazyguyonabike.com - Actually, come to think of it, for the ride for heart we had an additional passenger in the back - the neighbour's 7 y/o -- so that's more weight than you would be looking at.

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Today I went out on our first "three kid" trip to Trader Joes.
The two oldest were in the back in the Chariorr Couger 2
The youngest was in the Wee-Ride front seat.

It was raining pretty heavily as we left, so the youngest and I were decked out in rain gear, while the other two had had the rain cover on.

The groceries mostly went in the grocery sack panniers in the back of my bike, though some were held by the kids in the bike trailer.

The front seat worked pretty well. It does not get in the way of the rear cargo space, and didn't pose too much of challenge to movement (though it does require some change in pedaling to not hit it - thus making it less than ideal for really long trips, though adequate for getting around town.) On the way back, the youngest fell aslepp in the bike seat, so it must be sufficiently comfortable.

My wife is still on the lookout for a three-seat tanjor (or possibly a rear bike seat - she does not like the front seat.)
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