The main thing I wanted to get was a 2nd bench so that we could fit three in at once, since we have already had occasions when one of the cousins wanted a ride, and Caleb was rather unimpressed about being removed to make room.
|Here is Caleb and Isabel ready to set out for the first time on separate benches. You can also see the panniers I bought in a Dutch super-market for the equivalent of AUD$44!|
The guys in the shop were really helpful, and in addition to fixing up the rental bike I was riding, showed me a safer way to install the extra bench with a retaining strap so that the extra bench can't fly out in an accident.
|Here Caleb and Isabel try it out before setting out.|
The kids are quite happy riding on the back bench, or at least were until there were separate benches. Now if there are just the two of them, they will sit on their separate benches. This has the advantage that they can't really bother each other too much.
Isabel loves sitting up front, where she is prone to leaning forward into the wind Titanic-style.
I also took the opportunity to get some miscellaneous spare parts and a flat cover for the bike which can be tricky or expensive to source locally. I was going to say that this is more aerodynamic than the full wet-weather cover, but honestly "aerodynamic" is not an adjective that really belongs with an eight-foot long cross between a wheel-barrow and a statfiets with a riding posture that puts your head above most most of the cars around you. But it is certainly better to be able to cover your luggage in rainy weather without having to ride a bike with what amounts to a medium sized sail.
|With the flat cover on.|
|And from the side. You can also see how visible the reflective strip on the Marathon tyres are here with the flash.|