So two days ago I picked up a 2012 Kona Minute. I had done a bunch of research online and thought that it would fit my needs pretty much perfectly, however now I am second guessing my decision.
My purpose of getting the new bike was to go Car-Lite. Our family is my wife and I, and two kids, my daughter who is 4 and my son who is 4 months.
I am looking to use my new bike for commuting to work, hauling groceries/farmers market goods, library trips, carrying the kids, etc.
I was initially looking at the Ute (online) but was afraid that it would be cumbersome when not carrying kids or cargo (i.e Commuting) so I ordered a Minute instead. After having it I realize that there is no way for me to put both kids on at once, and I am also not going to be able to do a full shopping trip with the two smaller bags that come on it, and it cannot hold the larger Ute bags.
So my question for the Ute owners out there is just how awkward is the bike when not loaded? I don't have an issue with needing it to be particularly bus friendly or anything I am just concerned with the ride. I really like the idea of being able to haul both kids and groceries without the need for pulling a trailer.
I have a 30 day return window in which to swap the Minute for the Ute but I wanted to hear some opinions here before I do.
Thanks for any help.