We are gearing up for school this week by going through kids clothes to see what still fits. Kids grow out of clothes. It is anpart of life.
Kids growing out of a cargo bike is also a part of life. As much as you want, and as cute as you think it is, your kids will reach a point when they no longer want to ride in (or on) your cargo bike. And this is okay.
In fact, it is great.
I have four sons: 12, 10, 9, and a 7-year-old. My eldest rides a recumbent and has been known to borrow a cargo bike or two, and my youngest has unstoppable stamina (more than his older brothers, easily biking a 10 mile route with hills). For my sons, it is unnecessary to carry them because they are all competent people on bikes. Kids reach a point when they want to (or should) ride their own bikes; this supports a child’s confidence when riding within the streets alongside traffic. This is healthy. The specific time that this will happen will depend on the child and the family.
While my sons ride their own bikes, I still own two cargo bikes. My cargo bikes serve a purpose outside of carrying kids. The cargo bikes I have, I consider my “Travis” cargo bikes, and are cargo bikes that cater to my needs. They are my daily haulers.
Before I come across as saying that I never carry my kids anymore, there are exceptions. I suspect that in a bit of whimsy, I will carry my teenage sons to school, or to a friend’s house for a sleep over. Maybe on a special outing with dad. But these will be bits and pieces of fun, not an everyday occurrence.
In our family, we have two exceptions for when our kids ride on our cargo bikes: (a) the distance is too far or other factors involved make the trip time sensitive, or (b) the route is not conducive to stress-free biking with kids.
Have your kids left your cargo bike? If so, at what age and what were the determining factors?
Download a line drawing of the Empty Nest cargo bike.