Biking Montreal: Conversion Therapy
We got a new bike!
Five Reasons to Convert to Cargo:
- Size. Farrah is nearly out of the iBert (green seat) and with Arlo in the Wee-hoo trailer, there was simply nowhere else to put her.
- Growth. We’ll get several years out this Xtracycle, removing the safety cage (is that a thing?) when the kids get too big for it.
- Stability. Once I test drove a single-frame cargo bike, there was no going back. Unless I’m not wearing a bra, nothing wobbles. I was constantly and irrationally afraid the Wee-hoo would come loose and deposit my firstborn in the middle of the city streets. Now Arlo sits mere inches from me, just where I like him.
- Storage. It’s aptly named a cargo bike because of the enormous saddle bags under the kids’ legs (see my eyes for reference).
- Ease. It’s lighter, more compact and easier to accelerate, turn and park.
There’s even room for friends!
There is nothing about this bike I don’t like and in particular, I love how the kids now interact, leaving me to mostly just ride and occasionally referee. As I mentioned in Biking Montreal: Evolution of a Risk Adverse Mother, I used to bike while chatting with Farrah who took great advantage of sitting under my chin. I would then look over my shoulder and repeat-scream the conversation to Arlo. I take great pride in being the one communicating with my children but I always felt distracted to the point of danger. Our new bike still allows for such stimulation and conversation, only now it is mostly between siblings. The evolution continues and it feels natural; I have become bystander, bemused by backseat shenanigans while moving ever forward, safely.
Bike paths close on November 15th. If you see us, give a wave!