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Apr012009

« Baby on Bike Breakthroughs! »

Update: For those of you coming to this post later, just make sure you have a gander at the publish date before you report me to child protective services. Enjoy!

As the three avid readers of this blog know well, I have been struggling with the safety and mechanics of getting our one month old baby, Luc, onto a bike. Because all this walking around with him is killing me.

I wasn't going to post anything until we were further along in prototyping and trials, but news of other breakthroughs in family biking technology have spurred me to post sooner, to both inspire others and protect our intellectual property.

Without much further ado, here are the latest photos from our Totcycle Baby-On-Bike Laboratories, taken by my lovely wife and research assistant. You'll note that our test dummy is anatomically correct; we have spared no expense to make our testing as true-to-life as possible. You will also note that our test baby is naked. We've decided to take as many parenting cues from our toddler as possible, trusting the wisdom of the children. Apparently, naked is where it's at these days. Finally, sharp-eyed readers will notice a hospital bracelet on our test baby - we have preregistered our children at the local level 1 trauma center until we sort out some of the early safety concerns with our prototypes.

In this prototype below, we drew inspiration from people that ride with grocery bags hanging from their handlebars. And if you can't be bothered to install rack or a basket, this is a great way to go. You'll note that the use of a car seat mitigates any potential safety concerns. Some of you may still have qualms about the safety of this sidecar arrangement. However, please note that this is a Dutch bicycle. And that makes it safe.

That's our lead safety technician in the background ...

In this effort, we've adapted our favorite infant accessory, the "bouncy chair", which we affectionately refer to as the "neglect-o-matic". We pair it here with the sturdy rotomolded bucket of our Madsen Cycle. Note the attachment system and high center-of-gravity, which lets the child and seat roll clear of most collisions. This infant seat has additional features of vibration and baby tunes emanating from the chair, along with built-in "bouncy" suspension:
Have had a few baby as projectile issues with this one; must dampen "bouncyness"

Many of you have asked about the lower age limit of the Bike-Tutor. We figure one month sounds as good as any. Note the secure one and a half point harness, and rear-facing position, for maximum social interaction.
What's up, pussycat?

Our final prototype combines our dangling shopping bag example with Biblical inspiration. This Moses basket is protected by divine providence, and is quite fashionable. No safety belts - what was good enough for Moses is good enough for our sweetums:
Combine with wicker basket for a retrochic Moses-in-the-bullrushes look.

We'd love to hear what you think about our baby-on-bike breakthroughs! Don't let the trash cans, cluttered garage, and home-truck-repair in the background give you the wrong idea - we at Totycle Laboratories are sparing no expense in making biking safe for your baby.

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Reader Comments (7)

Here is one similar to the 3rd. While I use this to carry mittens, scarves, and the occasional snack (gotta keep those kids happy), the pant legs could be kept in. This would allow the parent to just slip the kid in and go. What-do-you-think?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wittcogmbh/3237801551/

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTravis A. Wittwer

Wow - that's like what, a 4 point harness? We're still stuck at 1.5 points. You're hired.

I like the secure fasteners as well. I'm thinking fashion prints, people ...

April 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

HA! I can't stop laughing, too funny! Super clever!!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

The prototype babes may be nekkid (as my sons like to say), but he's rocking a great hat & some sweet booties. Clearly your boy is in for a fun ride.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

That "neglect-o-matic" was hilarious. We had one for Tal, and he would bounce himself to sleep in it often.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDadabean

That was great. We were just looking for a way to transport our next one. Thanks for all the great ideas ;)

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thanks all! That is an early model "neglect-o-matic" ... current technology seems to feature multi-directional swinging, mechanized mobiles, and remote control, for shushing baby without having to leave the couch.

April 6, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

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