Photo by Russ Roca
Sara ArmstrongSara Armstrong with her family: Finn Crumlish, 5, in the bakfiets; husband Peter Crumlish; Sam Crumlish, 8; and Caleb Crumlish, 8.
Sara Armstrong is a 42-year-old cycling mama and blogger, Full Hands, in New Haven, CT. She has three boys: eight-year-old twins and a five-year-old. Her three steeds include an Xtracycle Radish, a Yuba Mundo and a Dutch bakfiets bike. "I know that means we have three cargo bikes," she said, "which sounds a bit ridiculous."
As a mom, Armstrong's cycling needs are different from those of many other riders, which can be a challenge. "We were a one-car family and didn't want to buy another (car), and school was only two miles away - silly to drive, yet too far for my just-six-year-olds to walk."
Wondering what to do, Armstrong joked that she would get a pedicab. A friend suggested a bakfiets and something clicked. Now the whole family is hooked. "It (the bakfiets) is so great for hauling, especially groceries for a family of five," she said.
When her boys were big enough, Armstrong bought an Xtracycle Radish so that she and her husband could transport the kids to different activities. The heavy-duty Yuba Mundo is the latest addition to their bike fleet.
The market needs more affordable cargo bikes, she said, as well as more step-through cargo bike options. Many of the straight top tubes, she explained "could be real turn-offs for women."
"The growing options in family cargo bikes make all the difference."