Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fred Flintstone, where can I get your car?

I picked up X-man in the bike trailer yesterday. Yes, he's really too big for it. So today, I broke down and ordered him a Schwinn bike component that attaches to mine. (I was too cheap to purchase the Trail-a-bike. I figured I have a Schwinn from Target, it'll do fine until he's big enough to keep up on his own bike.)

Anyway, on our way to the Savoy Rec Center's Wild and Wacky Wednesday (which is strangely only one Wednesday a month rather than every Wednesday), we passed a Twike.

The two people in it were pedaling and they had their hands up like they were in a roller coaster having a blast. They were followed by two other cyclists. I smiled at them and the dude yelled, "You need to get one of these!"

I laughed because I had been investigating something a little less modern (i.e. without any kind of electric engine). I'd been wondering about those multi-person bike cars that you see when you're on vacation. We used to see them all the time from the bike rental place in Rondeau when I was a kid.

And I thought, I could just throw my kid in and take it up to Schnuck's or the back roads to Meijer. No gas, lots of exercise... and X-man and MacTroll could get in on it, too. But I don't think I'd ever have the guts to take it up Prospect or Mattis or any other busy street... because let's face it, getting crashed into would not be fun, and we don't have double wide bike trails.

Plus, wouldn't you pay money to see me dropping off MacTroll at the airport in it rather than his blue sports car? He'd be all red-faced and embarrassed like some teenage son getting dropped off in the family minivan at the mall in front of his peeps.

If only they didn't cost thousands of dollars...

4 comments:

The Fearless Freak said...

The Twikes are pretty neat. They brought one to our walk a couple of years ago and all the kids got a chance to sit in it. He was saying he has clocked it at 60 MPH on a down hill.

But yeah, you guys need one of those 4 person deals that they rent at Navy Pier. That would be a blast :)

Quigs78 said...

Wasn't there a Twike at the Playing It Safe thing? I'm pretty sure the guy told me that, since January in IL, you need to have a motorcycle license to ride it...

Not that you were in the market for one or anything.

makeup_girl said...

I saw these on an episode of Tori & Dean, and I think they are so cool!
http://www.tagabikes.com/default.asp

Looseyfur said...

Those are cool! If only I had an infant to ride in one.
:-) Maybe I can borrow Lori's...