I’ve had my Xtracycle for many years, but have hardly ridden it since we moved back to Washington. Especially since Benji was born, a cargo bike never worked as an efficient mode of transportation, time-wise. It’s hung in the garage, straining the hook and being kind of useless, for the last three years or so.

Now Benji is a little older, though, we have more time to get places, and we’ve used Benji’s trailer quite often to get to school. This reminded me of my Xtracycle and my long-term plan to use it for child transport. It has much larger cargo capacity than my trailer (perhaps equal to trailer plus my panniers), and gets Benji up and away from the road a bit. Plus I’m hoping that handling will go better, since at least I’ll only have two wheels to worry about, rather than four.

So, after discussing it with Ian, I took my old bike to the shop for a renovation. This process has involved replacing lots of things on the bike, and we have sunk a good bit of cash into this old bike, getting it back into good riding order and adapting it to carry a kid. I even went to a shop in Seattle especially to get the seat and Xtracycle conversion accessories.

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Now all we have to do is ride it. I’m both excited and apprehensive to try it out with a passenger.

Benji claims to be happy to have a “car seat” for the bike; he always protests getting into the trailer and says he prefers the car seat. I hope that’s true, and that this different seat doesn’t meet with the unmitigated protests that have accompanied every other thing lately.

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