We went to MakerFaire on Saturday. I honestly don’t get very excited about anything in which grown people dress up in costumes purely for the spectacle of it, although I will grant you that there were a lot of cool things to see. I really liked these woodblock prints done by a husband-wife team and wished we could get this one for Manchild 2 for his birthday next month. The chariot race was . . . . interesting. And I did get some decent knitting patterns that I hope to one day put to use, probably soon after I learn to read a knitting pattern. However, when I saw the Zigo tent, I just about jumped out of my skirt with excitement. It’s a bike! It’s a jogging stroller! It’s a bike with a trailer/leader! It’ll set you back about $1500, but you could spend far more than that on a car. And this is so much more environmentally friendly.
Micah was confused as to why I thought this was such an awesome idea. We have a jogging stroller, why do we need another one? Of course it’s not so much the jogging stroller that excites me as the fact that it is so versatile. And that you can add multiple kid pods to the bike. One on front, one on back. Or two on back. Or three on back. We could make a train! His skepticism did make me think about how useful it would actually be. In my head, it would be awesome and somehow be like having a car without actually having a car. It would be less expensive, we wouldn’t have to worry about parking, gas, or insurance, but we could still travel together and still get our exercise. Plus, we’d be faster. I imagine Manchild 1 on a trail-a-long behind and Manchild 2 and the imaginary 3rd child in the kid pod in front. And when I drop M1 off at school, I lock up the bike and take the younger two out for a run. It almost makes the idea of having a 3rd child in the city seem manageable.
But then again, it isn’t a car. We’d still have to worry about getting hit by cars. Our range of travel wouldn’t expand too much, and we’d have to find places to lock it up wherever we went. I don’t know how much longer we’ll be in the city and I don’t know how useful it would be elsewhere. Certainly it would be fun to go on family bike rides, but would it be more than just a recreational toy? I’d like to think I’d use it to run errands, but I don’t know if it would end up being worth it to me. And I keep thinking that the kids are going to grow up so fast that we’ll hardly get a chance to use it before they are too big for it.
What do those of you who live in the suburbs think? Would you use something like this very often? Am I crazy for being so easily seduced?