Hi all, first post here! I'm a dad of 2 girls, 3 and 5yo, and we like to get around town via bicycle when possible. My bike is a 15+ year old mountain bike (nice in it's day, dated now, but still a nice solid bike), and up to now when I take both kids, I've been using a trailer (Bell clamp on the chainstay type from Costco several years ago). When I'm solo with the little kid, she rides in a rear child seat carrier. When I'm solo with the older 5yo, she rides on a trailercycle (Kent brand, $10 at a garage sale, custom seatpost mount to replace the original wobbly one).
My problem is that there is a significant shortcut to town that goes through a park. This park has vertical posts to keep out cars. These posts are too close together for the trailer to fit through. Solo with either kid, no problem as each of their solo setups are no wider than my bike. Riding with both of them, I either have to take the long way around, or unload everyone and lift the whole thing over the poles.
Soooo, I'm looking at alternatives that are narrow, but will carry both kids. Here are my thoughts, any others that anyone here has tried with any success?
1. tandem with kidback + trailercycle. That's a lot of $$! not gonna happen...
2. front mounted carrier (I like the Ibert the best of what I've seen online) for the 3yo (currently ~30 pounds), + trailercycle. Seems doable, but young one would outgrow the carrier within a year. It would at least get us through the summer though, assuming it works well? unsure about knee clearance, and room for the kid, since my bike is set up with a long reach stem and flat bars. I'd rather not compromise my solo riding position for the relatively small amount of time I ride with both of them.
3. tandem trailercycle. Again, too much $$ since they are no longer made, and go for a premium from what I've seen on ebay and craigslist, plus I think the 3yo is too small for that still, maybe in a year or two.
4. What am I missing?? others must have dealt with this before, right? Or does everyone just use trailers and avoid narrow trails?