Does cycling with front seats and tagalongs appeal to all ages?
Every day I use a bicycle, tagalong and a front mounted seat to transport my two sons to school and preschool. We have two routes that we use depending on who needs dropping off first, and we’ve been doing it for so long now that we get a cheery hello from the familiar (and often unfamiliar) faces that we pass each day.
This morning we dropped off at school first leaving the youngest and I to set off on the final leg of the journey, terminating at the vibrant local preschool. As we were coming to a stop at a junction we met two mature ladies in their late sixties/early seventies walking along the footpath, heading the other way. We smiled, they smiled, and I could see they were intrigued by the little boy sitting comfortably on the front seat grinning away as per usual, but also by the tagalong contraption at the back. Then the questions came – what’s it like to ride? how stable is it?, Does your son actually peddle when he’s on the back?
They were genuinely interested, and we must have talked for ten minutes about the tagalong and cycling in general, with plenty of ‘oohs’ and cooing as my son cheekily melted their hearts. Both ladies thought it was a brilliant idea for getting around and were surprised that more people didn’t do it. I agreed that it was a great way to travel around but added that every week I was seeing more and more trailers, tagalongs and seats on the roads and paths in our area..
On that note we said our goodbyes and carried on with our respective journeys with a warm feeling of having met some lovely people. What a great way to start the day!
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