How to haul a toddler on a rbent bike.
June 20, 2006 8:43 AM Subscribe
Is there a way to carry or tow a toddler on a recumbent bike? And, by the way, what bike should a fat 40-year-old start out with?
posted by not that girl to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (25 answers total)
I've read all the previous questions on recumbent bikes I've been able to find, but none of them have fit my specific situation.
I'm a reasonably fit 40-year-old woman who weighs just under 250 pounds. I can walk comfortably and well for up to four miles or so (I haven't tried farther). I'm interested in getting a bike so I can ride with my kids, now 5 and 2. I'm drawn toward a recumbent because of my weight; in recent years when I've ridden my regular bike I've been uncomfortable even with a special saddle, and have also had trouble with pressure on my wrists and hands (too much computing over the years).
So, my first general question is whether anyone has a bike recommendation. I've been looking around a bit and can't make up my mind. On the one hand, I'd like to not spend too much money; I'm afraid that if I spend $1500 and end up not riding, I'll feel guilty and wasteful. On the other hand, I'm concerned that if I spend too little, I will get a bike that is not comfortable or that is otherwise hard to ride, and that will undermine my efforts to ride. So I want to find that right balance of not-too-much-money and good-enough-bike-to-reward-my-efforts-and-make-riding-possible.
I am anticipating riding on groomed or paved trails, on sidewalks, and on occasional paved roads, nothing too rough. Where I live, there are only slight hills to climb.
My second, more specific question is whether it is possible to put a toddler on the bike in a carrier, or to tow a kid trailer. My 2-year-old is not ready to pedal on his own yet, and God willing there will be another baby or two in the next few years, so to be able to use the bike as I'd like--riding with the kids to places we now drive because they are just that little bit too far to be a convenient walk--I need to be able to tote a toddler. I'm I interested both in the question of whether hardware exists (I've googled without success), and whether the bike is easy enough to pedal that a 30-pound toddler won't make it impossible.