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ZigoFirst seen on the cover of Momentum, now the author's favourite bike.
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MadsenThe bike with a bucket.
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iBertA great little seat for a great little kid.
Family Bikes on Parade
by: Teresa Delfín
My local 4th of July parade was a virtual gallery of the options parents have for cycling with their kids. I rode my Zigo Leader in the parade with my three-year-old and his best friend as happy flag-waving passengers surrounded by dozens of other bike-loving families and their star-spangled cycles. Here’s an overview of three of the most popular picks.
When researching options for cycling with my first-born I wanted a bike where the child compartment felt integrated and not like something dragged along as an afterthought. I first saw the Zigo on the cover of Momentum magazine and knew it was the family bike I’d been dreaming of. The ChildPod® compartment can carry one or two children buckled securely. I can glance down below the handlebars to check on my boy and he loves being able to look up and see me while I ride. The favorite feature of many devoted Zigo owners is that it’s ultra-modular. Decouple the leader from the bike and add the included third wheel and you’ve got a stroller and separate bike; throw that same wheel on the stroller and you’ve got a jogger. If you’re partial to trailers you can even attach the ChildPod® to the back of any bike. For parents looking for a single family bike that does it all, the Zigo is a winner. (MSRP $1,399)
Often described as “a bike with a bucket,” the Madsen is one of the coolest looking family bikes you can find. This ultra-functional cargo bike is built to handle everything from shuttling kids to preschool, picking up groceries, or even stocking up on supplies at the hardware store. The bucket has removable bench seats with seatbelts for the kiddos, and the bucket’s position above the rear wheel lets little passengers take in the scenery and feel the breeze. With its monochrome styling, clean lines and on-trend colors, this is the perfect bike for hipster parents determined to leave a small footprint while turning some heads in the process. (MSRP $1,485)
In fairness, the iBert is an accessory, not a bike, but its popularity warranted its inclusion in this lineup. The eye-catching froggy-green seat mounts just behind the handlebars and fits most bikes. The seat is recommended for little ones ages 12 months to 4 years (as long as your child stays within the height and weight limits). You won’t find a family bike that offers kids a better view or parents more opportunities for interactions with their little passengers than the iBert. It won’t haul groceries or turn magically into a stroller, but the iBert serves its purpose safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. What more can you ask for? (MSRP $99.95)
Teresa Delfín is the founder of Mountain Mama, Inc. and a professor of Cultural Anthropology. She spends her free moments exploring the outdoors by bike, kayak, and foot with son Fausto and husband William and preparing for the arrival of baby #2.