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Anyone got a Bakfiets?

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2jamsandwiches Tue 11-Aug-09 12:21:04

Or know someone who has one? What do you think of them? Would you use one with a tiny in a car seat?
I'm nervous about the Christiana-type tricycle, as our neighbour 'capsized' her one with her two in it (unharmed...), and I think, oddly, that a 2-wheeler might be more stable.
Any advice really welcome!

silverfrog Tue 11-Aug-09 12:26:04

sorry, can't help you on the 2 wheeled aspect, but I have a Kangaroo and love it.

I have 2 dds - aged 5 and 2, but I would have no worries about putting a tiny in it (obv depending on what terrain I would be riding over!).

2jamsandwiches Tue 11-Aug-09 13:12:09

Thank you for answering!
Is the Kangaroo a Nihola? Is it gigantic? (We've not got endless storage options...) Could you/would you fit 3 children in it? How is it on hills? Is there any way of anchoring a baby seat into it (so that if the worst happened, and it did fall over, they'd be held in)?
Sorry so many questions...
Still very interested to hear from bakfiets owners!

silverfrog Tue 11-Aug-09 14:05:47

no, not a Nihola, but similar.

see here

it is quite large.

you could put 2 children in the fron, and one on a seat on the rear frame. depending on your children's ages, and the journey you would need to do, I owuld be tempted to move the seats right forward and put a tiny baby in a car seat in behind them, but that is prob not recommneded at all!

iirc, they sell a baby seat bit to go on one of the seats, from 6 months on though.

it is heavy on hills, ut has some good gearing, so once you get going it is ok, i find (but slow)

I have tipped mine once - was a bad combo of poor road maintenance, tricky camber/angle of leaving road onto footpath and going too fast blush. the girls were ok - if a little surprised!

2jamsandwiches Tue 11-Aug-09 14:38:42

Thank you!

I've just had a look at the webpage, and followed a link there to a review of various different trikes and bikes (in Dutch). A Babelfish translation of the bit about the Kangaroo reads:

"For this last bicycle must be, however, deeply groped in the pouch. He costs no less than 3,000, - euro. Expert Jos Louman found him, however, nicely slightly.."

The pouch bit seems v appropriate, given the name!

Sadly, I think it is too big for us, though I'd be intrigued to try one out - you don't happen to know if there's anywhere in/near London to test one, do you?

FlightHattendant Tue 11-Aug-09 14:41:23

Yes it is really stable, excellent - you won't regret it.
Unless you live up a big hill which we do, that's why we sold it a month ago smile

Bril;liant thing though. Deffo better than 3 wheels.

FlightHattendant Tue 11-Aug-09 14:43:17

Read this

That's ours in the picture!! <sob>

silverfrog Tue 11-Aug-09 14:49:33

you can test a Kangaroo and a nihola at London recumbents

they are really nice and helpful - you need to book in advance as the Kangaroo is kept off site. they have nihola's there all the time, I think. they also have other combos, but thoe two are the main family carriers they do.

alternatively, if you are nearer SW London ish, you are welcome to try mine - I'm in Surrey, just outside Epsom.

2jamsandwiches Tue 11-Aug-09 15:18:44

Thank you! though that blog post below the pic needs someone with more of a brain than I currently have to make sense of it, I got completely lost between all the different kinds!
Did you use your bakfiets with a tiny? Could I tether a car seat into it?
Will make a trip to London Recumbents in the autumn - have family in Dulwich so it's perfect! Didn't know they had such a good stock (sadly no bakfiets though, I don't think...)

FlightHattendant Tue 11-Aug-09 15:23:14

There are a lot of links I think if you google bakfiets, review of different types such as kangaroo and so on

Answer is yes to car seat but I don't know how exactly. You can carry anything in it. You could contact the guy with the blog and ask him - he is a fount of knowledge smile

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