Around town and touring with kids: Options?
First post to bikeforums, but long time lurker. Seems like everytime I google a bike question the answer pops up here more often than not.
I am looking for a fun and efficient way to get around town, grab the groceries, and hopefully do some loaded touring with two children ages 5 and 2. Anybody have any suggestions?
We have been thinking about a tandem, and have been looking online at the Co-motion Periscope Torpedo with 26" wheels. The 5 year old would stoke, and the 2 year old would sit in a Topeak BabySeat. This keeps us from having to run a trail-a-bike with a trailer (just a bit unwieldy, fine for quiet roads and paved paths, but too much in traffic). Has anybody used a similar configuration? I have no experience on a tandem so even if you haven't used this configuration your thoughts on how this might work are still very valuable to me.
Some specifics about us that may or may not be important, skip 'em if they aren't. I am 5'11", 170# (my road bikes in the past have had 56-58cm top tubes), the 5 year old is 3'10", 40#, and the 2 year old is 28#. Everybody loves to be on the bike, except the 5 year old has to be pedaling. We have a trail-a-bike, 2 kid trailer, and kid seat which we use in various configurations. The 5 year old isn't really happy anywhere but on the trail-a-bike (he likes to pedal) but will go along with riding on the kid seat or in the trailer for short rides., The 2 year old is content anywhere, but she really prefers to be on the kid seat.