When you have just one child in a front seat, this isn't bad at all. I found it easy enough to balance the bike & hoist Linnaeus into the iBert, even when I was heavily pregnant with Bronte. Using a rear seat is a different story, however, because you need to balance the bike at the back end--no handlebars to hold--then turn yourself around & get onto the seat (tricky without a step-through frame). With a trail-a-bike, mounted on the seat post, you get wobble too, but at least your child can climb on themselves when you're already on the bike & stabilizing the whole rig. Even a child trailer mounted to the rear axle or triangle of the frame can tip your bike over when it's leaning on the kickstand.
Yuba Mundo from Bike Doctor, it's a whole new game. Not just because the bike is longer, sturdier & can carry both kids on the rear rack. Because it has a DOUBLE KICKSTAND. Much like a motorcycle kickstand (I think they're often called centre stands), the Yuba's Stand Alone Double Kickstand has a wide stance & can hold the bike very stable, tripoded on the rear wheel & two side of the kickstand, with the front wheel raised a little. This makes it possible to load both kids (&/or a whole lot of cargo) onto the rear of the bike safely.
The double kickstand was brilliant yesterday at Car Free Day. We walked up & down Main Street from Broadway to about 26th Avenue with the Yuba, stopping to answer questions about it & pose for photos occasionally. Every time we stopped, I'd just pull the kickstand down with my toe, pull the bike back a bit to engage it & voila! Parked. No concerns about balancing it just right or someone bumping into it & knocking it over.
Easy, right? & that's key, because not everybody out there is as, shall we say, committed to cycling as we are. So anything like a double kickstand that makes cycling easier will make a big difference to how much you like to ride with your kids, &/or cargo like groceries. The more convenient it is, the more you'll bike rather than drive or bus.
Though I think cargo bikes like the Yuba Mundo would work really well for a lot of families out there, I know it's not necessarily on everyone's wish list or in their budget. However, a double kickstand can be added on to most regular bikes. I'm actually going to pick one up from The Bike Doctor soon for my old bike. They're not expensive--this one's only $27--so considering how much easier it makes loading your bike, which means you'll save money from not driving or taking transit, well worth it!
Disclaimer: We received a discount on the Yuba Mundo bike & accessories from the Bike Doctor, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post. The words & opinions above are my own.
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