Rauchelle’s Rig

As the stay-at-home parent right now, my bike needs to transport both girls, our gear, and often extra cargo. Obviously a normal bike won’t fit the bill. Instead, I have a…..

Surly Big Dummy

Due to a spelling error at one point, I took to calling it my Big Bunny. That is how it will be referred to from here on out.

Bunny is a long tail cargo bike. Marin’s bike seat lives on the back over the top side rails, and we have two low rails that can install easily for strapping boxes on. Right now one rail is on, while the other is left off to allow room for the hitch attachment of our single Chariot trailer which I us

As the stay-at-home parent right now, my bike needs to transport both girls, our gear, and often extra cargo. Obviously a normal bike won’t fit the bill. Instead, I have a…..

Surly Big Dummy

Due to a spelling error at one point, I took to calling it my Big Bunny. That is how it will be referred to from here on out.

Bunny is a long tail cargo bike. Marin’s bike seat lives on the back over the top side rails, and we have two low rails that can install easily for strapping boxes on. Right now one rail is on, while the other is left off to allow room for the hitch attachment of our single Chariot trailer which I use for Elita.

On a normal bike, it is near impossible to fit any pannier bags on the back rack while a child seat is installed. The parent usually resorts to wearing a backpack, which typically is only inches from the kid’s face. On the Bunny I can fit four bags behind Marin, and with an extra two bags over the front wheel, that’s a heck of a lot of cargo space! No backpack for me, thank you!

Now for the trailer. I use a Chariot Cougar 1. We keep the small stroller wheels on it (upside down) while in trailer mode, and can easily pop them down to push around when we are stopped and the bike is locked.

I understand why some people don’t like hauling a trailer. It is hard to see what the child is doing, and it makes your rig super long. I personally think the benefit of being able to transform it into a stroller when Elita is sleeping and take her into stores without disturbing her nap, is well worth the small hassle of making my bike extra long. Besides, when it is hauled behind an already longer than usual bike, it makes me look like a bad ass momma!

 

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