After our daughter’s birth, we could hardly wait to get out cycling with her. We dreamed of the day that we could share the joy of cycling as a family. Once she was sturdy enough, we went from snowy trails with skis, to road with trailer, then to bike seat. Now at the age of 3, we’re quickly realizing how fast kids grow out of gear. It’s hard to believe that one day not too long ago, I thought she’d be in her baby carrier forever. Clearly, that’s not the case.
We’re quickly approaching the point where the trailer and seat are becoming a bit snug and limited. There’s probably another year before she’s really outgrown either, but we know with our tandem we’ll have options.
When we decided to build our tandem this year, riding as a family was a huge consideration for us. We wanted everyone to be able to ride it. David 5′ ll”, Me (Emily) 5′ 3″ and Ada by the time she’s 4 — probably 3′ 6″. It was also important to us, that I be able to captain with Ada. Being able to reconfigure our riding will give us the freedom to ride together in variety of ways. And yes, perhaps one day we’ll build a triplet. But while our little one still fits in a trailer or seat, we’ll pack in as many outings on our Chinook tandem as possible.
Here’s how our family has grown with gear (I’ll continue to update as we grow):