Today was the first day I purchased dog food by bike. Not too impressive since the 14.5-pound bag borrowed the seat of the 35-pound kid who was at preschool, but a first nonetheless. I’ve probably been slightly out of balance with cargo before, but I think if I’d had both kids with me and put the bag of food in one of my baskets, it would have been a bit awkward. Now I’m curious to see, so I’ll have to try that next time.
It’s been fun keeping track of mileage and days missed (October: 212.4 miles with 7 skipped days), but I think I’ll stop the tally for now. I should try to find a tool to keep track of things online and perhaps get a cyclometer. Some day.
What brand of double kickstand do you use to balance both kids? I just got an M-Wave and it leaves a lot to be desired. It has a very low clearance when disengaged that I worry will strike speed bumps or road debris.
Hi Ashley, I have a Pletscher Two-Legged Kickstand that folds up to the side very nicely. Full disclosure: I’m on my second one, having bent the first…but I know how to disengage it more efficiently now (I used to just push the bike and muscle it up, but it’s easy to get with the foot using less pressure). And, ooh, from that article, I see this is the same double kickstand The Path Less Pedaled’s Russ has so you know it’s cool!
On it’s edge, behind the not so little one’s seat and bungee’d to the outside of the baskets.
A bungee net or three is also very helpful.