I had ridden Big Brother to school on the Mundo and marveled at how much I loved this bike. We haven't been riding her much because we use the Bullitt for most of our in-town trips. When I dropped off the bike, it was drizzly and we were late to head off to PDX. I kept remembering little tips about the Mundo's secrets that we've learned--start with the seat low, go for a quick loop around the block before putting kiddos on deck, keep the monsters from wiggling too much, etc. Tracey mentioned that she might go for a "little" trip to pick up her daughter from school, which I tried to discourage, thinking it would be too much for a first outing.
Forty-five minutes later, I checked my Facebook page to see this awesome photo:
For the next hour, I fretted and continuously checked Facebook for the return confirmation--not that I didn't trust them but I was so curious to find out how this first adventure had gone. I didn't want them to be disappointed with the bike. It seemed like such an ambitious attempt but these guys are amazing! When they decide to do something, they jump right in. Sure enough, here comes the victory photo:
Today's ride was unprecedented. I've never, ever ridden a cargo bike and I haven't done anything remotely active like this since L. was born. Somehow I knew I could do it.
I was shocked at how easy it was to ride. The gears are perfect for sitting and pulling such a large load. It is wobbly (with the kids) like you said but as soon as I got used to that, I was happy to have a bike that rode so smoothly. My other bike doesn't ride like that. I enjoyed myself because the gears were so accommodating.
I learned that it's easier for me if I just get on first and then let the girls on. Otherwise it was hard to hold and balance on one foot and swing my leg over. That was when we tipped it. The other time was when we all tried to get off at the same time. Next time I will wait and let them off first and I'll get off after. Plus I am going to do pushups to work on some kind of upper body strength.