Gear junkie: Bikes, trailer, seat accommodate kids

2014-06-12T00:00:00Z Gear junkie: Bikes, trailer, seat accommodate kidsBy STEPHEN REGENOLD For The Gazette The Billings Gazette
June 12, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Four children under the age of 10, a grown woman, and eight wheels spinning down the bike path ... the choo-choo train that was my wife and kids on bikes this week was an entertaining sight.

Our baby just turned 1 year old. He’s enthusiastic to ride, and so is the whole family. We’ve been testing gear this spring from a few companies that cater to moms and whole families looking to pedal and roll. Here’s a look at four stand-out items so far.

Yuba Bicycles’ Boda Boda — Made for toting kids or cargo, there’s a built-on rear rack topped with a bamboo “deck” on this unique bike. Children sit on the deck and hold on for a ride. (My kids love it!) Or, load the eight-speed Boda Boda up with groceries and gear — its rack and longer frame design can support large weights with no issue. $999, www.yubabikes.com.

iBert Safe-T-Seat — We purchased one of these between-the-handlebars kid seats years ago when our daughter was tiny. It’s served her and three subsequent brothers, each one reveling in the “up front” view, close contact between the arms of a parent, and the wind in their hair as we ride. The brand recommends the seat for kids ages 1 to 4 years old, or up to 38 pounds. $109.95, www.ibertinc.com.

Thule Coaster — It holds two kids inside with secure harnesses and connects to almost any bike with ease. We have long used trailers like the Coaster to haul children, beach toys, water bottles, snacks, towels and other requisite items for a family outing. Bonus: The Coaster hinges to fold up small when not in use or packed away in a car. $379.95, www.thule.com.

Schwinn Cream 2 — A step-through steel frame with an integrated rack makes this women’s Schwinn bike a good around-town cruiser. Its big seat and relaxed handlebars are comfortable, though the seven-speed bike is not lacking in speed. It can haul a trailer or hold a bike seat on back. Equipped with a basket or panniers it’s been a slick grocery-getter in our test this spring. $490, www.schwinnbikes.com.

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