My wife and I are expecting a child in December. We would like to pick up a bicycle that the whole family could ride on, and in my searches, I have found several tandem trikes. Most of these are "the higher priced spread", meaning over $2000. These have typically been recumbent tadpole style trikes, with a few deltas for good measure.
Recently, I found an American made
tandem trike for about half that price, from Workmans Cycles, the Worksman TT3CB Tri-Tandem Trike. Go here for a look, about 3/4's of the way down the page: http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...specialty.html
It is configured in what I always referred to as a "retirement" trike, albeit a tandem version. While it doesn't have the glamour of a recumbent, it certainly covers our needs. A word about that may be in order.
Our needs are for a stable platform (hence the 3 wheels), adequate cargo area for a child seat (the Tri-Tandem has a platform behind the rear saddle), and enough gearing to putz around town or at a park (it is available in a 3 speed version).
I have owned plenty of expensive bikes (still do, for that matter), but never a tandem nor a trike. Given that my wife has very little experience cycling in urban settings, and that we will be carrying precious cargo, what do you folks think of the idea of such a set-up? Please remember that we do not intend to tour with it, nor do any mountains. It is strictly a 10-20 mile or less fun day ride, with the kid and a picnic.
So, any experiences to relate? Any warnings? Any other bike suggestions? We are not opposed to spending more, but I am fairly certain we would not use a more expensive trike to our best dollar value. Whadda all think?