Should we be surprised that out Denmark, nation of windpower and bicycles (18 percent of trips by bicycle), comes an excellent approach to parental (and shopper) bicycling? The trioBike provides real options for the biking parent. This carrier bike can carry two children (up to 180 lbs) and the carrier can be separated so that it is a bike and/or a stroller.
As they tag line it
“trioBike is the worlds first carrierbike, bike, and pushchair in one.”
This is a top-notch bicycle, with 7-speed gears, an internal shifting hub (pretty durable, no maintenance). And the design looks to work well, with the front wheel stowing behind the carrier when in three-wheel mode.
Now, truth be told, we could consider this a “gadget”. After all, it costs from about $200 up for a trailer that can be converted to a stroller (or even a jogger). Thus, is the $2000+ for a trioBike really necessary … still, this “gadget” is a sign of good things to come in the biking world. (And, well, how many parents might prefer to have their children where they can see them?) Integrated packages that consider lifestyles and requirements might get even more people onto bikes and out of cars … might … and, it doesn’t hurt that this has, as per Treehugger’s review, a wow factor in styling terms.
By the way, if the push isn’t enough, you can always add a bike trailer to really work your legs and move lots of stuff around. (Perhaps the combo works for taking the kids, a picnic, and sports gear to the park … as for me, I’d pack some beers, because I’d need one after that workout …)
But, the real question some might ask, what would James say? The trioBike definitely has some design cool. Being able to separate the bike from the carrier so elegantly provides that hidden getaway option. And, well, James might take note of Mom. But, on the other hand, a bike pushing the kids? 007 will only let us give it two jetpacks …