Since my new job is closer to home, I will get to go back to bike commuting. Which means figuring out a solution that lets me ride my hybrid bike and still get my kid to school.
My hybrid bike is a Canondale Quick 3 WSD which is lightweight with a carbon fiber fork. Which means no putting our Yepp Mini on the front handlebars. And I still wanted to use my Ortlieb Racktime bag on my rear rack, which is just about impossible with most rear babyseats.
We have a Topeak Babyseat for my husband’s bike, but a new rack was going to cost $50, plus I would need to buy a handlebar bag or basket, plus I would have to take the Babyseat off every day at daycare and leave it there and my spouse would need to get it, which would mean that if one of us drove one day, we would have a problem. I didn’t want to schlep an entire babyseat to and from work everyday, because they are pretty heavy.
BikeShare has also come to our neighborhood, but the electric bikes that make up half the fleet are almost never available and my new commute involves two very steep uphills that are hard on a 7 speed Bikeshare Bike. So walking to daycare and then picking up a BikeShare bike is only really a possibility if there are more electric bikes available.
I posted on a local women & bicycling facebook group looking for ideas and a woman suggested a TykeToter. It seemed so flimsy, but also so simple and elegant. I felt like it couldn’t possibly work. Then I read the reviews. All positive and none colored by being provided one for free to review or anything like that. I was on the verge of ordering one. And then, then! one came up on our local listserv for half the new price! I snapped it up and we test rode it last weekend.
So far, I only have one problem with it. Which is my kid loves it so much she won’t get off of it. Yesterday we went to the splash park and then the pool and all she wanted to do when we got someplace was get back on the bicycle.
She is 32 months and I was worried she might be a bit too limit-testing for the freeform nature of the TykeToter – it has no straps, and you have to instruct your kid to keep their feet on the foot pegs at all times. So far, she has done a great job of following instructions. She loves the handlebars and says, “it has handlebars just for me!” She still does get a bit distractable and take one hand off the handlebars to point out Jeeps, but she has been very good about keeping her feet in place while she’s on the TykeToter.
My legs bow out a bit while riding with her, but not worse than with the Yepp Mini, and riding with it without her seems to be perfectly fine, though I haven’t done it for long distances. She was also getting too tall for the Yepp and I couldn’t see over her, so this is also a good solution to that problem because she is comfortably below my chin.