At my local farmers’ market recently, I watched a family arrive on bikes. The father’s bike had one of those large, low to the ground capsules on the front and his two small children were sitting inside. Half an hour later (and a fair bit of swearing from the dad’s direction as he fiddled around with the children’s bike capsule to turn it into a stroller) they were finally ready to hit the market. Phew! And to think they had to go through the whole rigmarole again when they were ready to leave. That’s the problem with small children and bike travel – once you reach your destination, how do the kids get around when they are either too little or it is not practical to have them walking?
We have reviewed a number of carrier bikes previously on Babyology but none deal with the ‘what-to-do-with-the-kids’ problem quite as simply as the Trio bike. Basically, the Trio is three vehicles in one –it converts from a normal bicycle to a carrier bike to a pram in a few simple clicks (If you don’t believe me, check out the Trio video demonstrations).
The Trio comes with loads of Danish style – the soft seats feature five-point harnesses and are made at the same factory that produces Arne Jacobsen Swan and Egg chairs (just so you know!). The seats are suitable for children up to the age of nine and you can add an infant capsule for babies.
As a stand alone bike, the Trio is the highest quality. Often multi-functional pieces end up compromising on certain features – not so with the Trio. It has a patented braking system, built in handlebar and rear lights, seven speed gears, cables integrated into the frame and a quick-release front wheel that hides in a compartment under the carrier until it is needed.
Thanks to Babyology reader Jennifer for discovering the Trio. Jennifer has done a bit of research and discovered that the Trio Mono is available in Australia from Kronan Cycles for $3990. Contact Kronan Cycles for more information.