The only change I think I'll need to make is either lower the stoker bars or at least re-angle them. Currently, my thighs hit the bars when I pedal. It's not uncomfortable or unmanageable, just a bit annoying. I can live with it, if I can't find a solution.
I didn't even think that Big Brother was going to be so ready to ride the stoker bars just yet. He's never shown any interest in hopping on Kate's bike without the seat. I was sure that we'd take awhile getting him used to the idea before he gave it a shot. However, the little guy was thrilled at the idea of being out of the Peanut Shell and took to it quicker than anyone imagined. While Jose and my folks watched nervously from the sidewalk, Big Brother and I rode down a side street to practice. He was so excited! He held on perfectly and comfortably. We then rode another 5 miles home, just like that!
I like having the Peanut Shell behind him, just in case, and the panniers act as wheel skirts to keep his little feet from getting into the spokes. We got him the leg-up bar from Yuba, too, but it doesn't seem like he needed it.
I'm so proud of Big Brother for being so brave and willing to try new experiences. I love how he just goes with the flow, absolutely trusting his instincts and abilities. He is certainly able to ride behind me, out of the Shell. I'm not ready to remove the seat, yet, as I'm sure there will be days where I have to strap him down to get him to come with me (I know the parents understand what I mean...) or if we have a guest riding with us. But I am so excited for this new evolution of our bike and biking possibilities.