18
Mar 2012
by mark

First week with a Bobike Mini: two kids on a longtail cargo bike

Everything is normal.

Our son is now old enough to sit up on a bike. With our first child,
we had one bike that was able to carry children, a bakfiets. Now we
have a choice between a Big Dummy, and Yuba Mundo as well as the
bakfiets
.

Considering that the older child now weighs 40 pounds, I was
particularly interested to try out riding two children on the electric
Yuba Mundo. The assist increases the range and reduces the effort.

My wife reports that the new setup is notably easier. She has taken the
bakfiets before with both kids– to drop off the 4-year old at day care.
On the electric Yuba Mundo, she reported that the same trip was
definitely easier, and took about the same amount time as a car.

Our challenge to address with the BoBike Mini will be napping. On the
bakfiets, we used Sleep Dog to rest a napping head on.

We are considering buying a headrest for the BoBike Mini. However, as
the Rideabye Baby post on
Totcycle points out, the little sleeper can still miss the headrest by
nodding off to the side.

Are there other solutions we should be considering?

One compatibility note: the foot rests of the BoBike Mini bumped into our Bread Basket accessory, so we had to choose one or the other. It has not turned out to be such a big deal to switch between them. The BoBike has a quick release that leaves only a small collar on the bike. When I wanted to deliver a big pan of fresh pasta to a friend, it took just a few minutes to remove the BoBike seat, and tighten the four bolts that hold the Bread Basket on.

Some more photos from the week follow.

First Ride with the Bobike Mini

First cross-town trip with Bobike and two kids

getting used to the Bobike Mini

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  • Veronica Booth

    Hi! I can’t believe you have so many cargo bikes! Jealous! I am about to purchase my first. A Big Dummy. The only thing holding me back is compatibility issues with it and my Bobike Mini. There may not be any bit there just isn’t any info on it. Where you able to fit the Bobike on the BD? Thanks so much!

    • markstos

      There are a couple different kind of adapters for the Bobike Mini, and the quill stem adapter we had didn’t work with the Big Dummy. I think one of the other adapters available could work for you. You’ll need to check the specs here against the dimensions of your Big Dummy build:

      http://www.conwasa.demon.co.uk/bobike/bobike_brackets.htm