For the past couple months I’ve been trying out cargo bikes, city bikes, and electric bikes, in an effort to replace my stolen sleek and speedy ride with something more appropriate for a dad.

I wrote about the initial phases of my quest here and here. And now it’s over — I finally have a bicycle of my own. So, um, let me just get this out of the way: The forces that led me to my choice were hardly rational, and so far I’ve been too abashed to tally up the total monstrous cost. Still, I hope my shameful story may be useful in guiding others.