Monday, March 24, 2008

tag-a-long

A few weeks ago we bought a tag-a-long bike off Craigslist. She went out for her maiden voyage on Saturday. I'll get a picture sometime, but what it is is an attachment that hooks to my bike's seat post end then there's a seat, handlebars and one wheel which makes for a sort of tandem that my kid can ride, but it's a lot less expensive than the real thing.

First I would like to say that I think the Mugwump had a blast. We went to the park and he liked following me around. Except he kept urging me to go faster while he coasted. And he had some complaints about his view.

I think the idea behind the little bike that has to follow me everywhere is an excellent one. I loved using it and I hope that we can work up to some longer rides. The balance was a little off and that was a little concerning. I couldn't see what he was doing, but I suspect that my son was sitting on the bike behind me rocking violently back and forth to see if Dad could keep the bike upright. I was able to keep the bike upright, but it was at times a battle.

Now for the ultimate disappointment... I have always had a dream of creating a train of my wife and I on a tandem, followed by a tag-a-long bike which would then be followed by a bike trailer with my other boys in it. I thought that would be the ultimate SUV that would make an impression around town. After having ridden with just the tag-a-long I don't think this is a good idea any more. I have had visions of coming to a stop sign, losing my balance and having my entire family crash to the ground due to my mistake. Maybe we could make it into a really big tricycle so that I can't tip over....

1 comment:

Emily Allan Wood said...

Lol! I think the idea of having a huge tricyle so you can tow your family is awesome. Even better, you should get one of those tricycle carriage bikes like they have in China, and you could pedal while they ride in the carriage.