We have long been fans of carrier bikes, but they often aren't practical in the city - once you drop the kids off, you end up riding a pretty unwieldy bike for the rest of your commute. But at our local nursery, we have spotted some interesting pushcarts, and upon investigation, we suspect that they are the carrier portion of the trioBike system.
It all starts with a good bike - a 7 speed Shimano Nexus. The lower bar makes it easy to ride in business attire, for your commute to work. Comes in army green/black/white, for €1,005.76.
The idea behind the trioBike system is that you can use the whole system to ride the kids to school, then leave the carrier portion behind and bike off to work. Because the carrier section functions independently of the bike, another parent or caregiver (without the bike), can then pick the kids up in the carrier, using it stroller-style.
The carrier both attaches to the front of the bike and can also be pushed as a regular stroller. It has mud-guards and disc brakes, holds children up to 9 years of age, and comes in army green/black/white.€1,366.19.
For inclement weather, there is a carrier hood, with front windows for the kids to see out of, and a back window so that you can see in. Both the hood and seats come in a huge range of colors.
A close-up of the seats shows the restraint system. €282.73.
While it looks brilliant, we have one question - where is the front wheel of that bike after you remove the carrier portion? Are you carrying it and attaching it after you disengage the carrier? We are also curious about where to park this when not in use, and suspect that it is designed for more bike-friendly countries.
Also problematic is the price. If you have been adding in your head, the total price (depending on the options that you choose) runs approximately €2,654.68, or about $3,617.67, USD, which is out of the price range for a lot of families, unless a system like this would negate the need for a car. But would you know if this system would supplant your car usage until you had used it for a while?
All criticisms aside though, we would love to see more designs that address the issue of integrating bike usage into day to day travel while taking into account families with children, and for doing that, we are very happy to see products like the trioBike pop up.