My bike was stolen, so now my toddler and I need to find something new to ride. After a year on the Pilen, and figuring out how/where we ride, I'm not committed to just buying another one and locking it better/differently, but it makes me sad to not have a bike as an option for errands and trips to the park just as the weather is warming up.
Do you have a bike that you really love for hauling a kid and groceries? Or a kid and all the beach stuff? Could I take it for a test ride? Do you want to just tell me about it? I don't know what other information would be relevant to get ideas of what I want to get for a replacement.
It's probably too late for you to make it to this morning's ride in Logan Square but next week is is the Lincoln Square Kidical Mass on Saturday the 18th. They meet at the gazebo in Welles Park at 10ish for a 10:30am ride. It should bring out some cargo bike options for you to test ride in one place. If you can make it to Logan's ride next month, we've got a ton of cargo bikers that show up every month.
I've got a kid back tandem and a fake Chinese bakfiets you're welcome to test too if you just want to come by my place near Kedzie and Fullerton this weekend/next week. I responded to your post on Facebook at Kidical Mass so you're welcome to message me there so we can set it up.
So sorry again about your Pilen.
We used a Burley trailer for many years and really liked it. It was pretty easy to pull (aluminum), had lots of space for beach stuff, the screen and rain cover for riding in different weather, also, if you end up tipping over (bad curb, inattention, etc.) the trailer stays upright. It also lets you get any bike you want for yourself and not worry about one bike doing everything. With the covers, I would even ride my kids in pretty cold weather with them bundled up.
It was too late for the Logan Square Kidical Mass (I got the message on my phone, but we were headed to do other errands), but I'm planning to be at the Lincoln Square ride gathering at the gazebo to talk to people and check out the options for kid-carrying.
We'll have another kidical mass in Hyde Park on memorial day (it should be posted on the calendar shortly). You're welcome to come down south and test drive our bikes and others! We have an xtracycle set up for about two kids between about 2 and 7 in age, and Anika's Madsen set up for an infant plus a child. We've used the xtracycle for trips to costco, for trips to the beach, for a pre-Thanksgiving trip with two kids to pick up turkey and squash and yams and everything else.