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Burley D'Lite(13 posts)

Burley D'LiteMJ
Dec 11, 2001 7:36 AM
just gave my sister in law, brother and niece a Burley for Christmas (she's a big cyclist and niece is 8 months old)

does anyone have any tips on riding with a Burley/kid that I can forward on to her/link her to the thread?

Nice gift...PT
Dec 11, 2001 8:11 AM
We've put a zillionn miles on ours hauling our two kids about town -- it's our second car. We've never managed to use it to just "go for a ride", but the kids always were willing to use it to get places -- the store (hauls a 30lb kid and $100 worth of groceries), the park, school/day-care, etc. We've never had success pulling them for a long time unless they fell asleep. If they were awake, they needed to be going somewhere to remain happy. But that's true for them in a car as well.
With young kids -- maybe even in the 8 month range, we wedged a car seat into the burley so the child had good support. As they got older, we used several small foam pillows to brace them into position. A number of toys and books just live in the Burley pockets. We've always required our kids to wear a helmet -- now that they're older, they can't imagine getting on a bike without one on. It's very difficult to flip a Burley, but not impossible. We've only had ours tip when empty, and only in high wind or doing a very tight S-turn. We've broken a few parts on it (worn through two hitches) and Burley has set the standard for customer service. It could very well have been the best $300 we ever spent -- effectively saved us from purchase of a second car.
Nice gift...MJ
Dec 11, 2001 8:19 AM
that's great stuff - sounds like you guys put your Burley through the paces - I don't think she'd contemplated using the car seat in the trailer - but it's a good idea for the little ones and may mean she can get out on the road sooner than expected

they're a one car family as well - it was a selfish gift because next time I go home I can take the niece out for a ride and hear about other rides until then - don't know how pleased my brother is as he's not a cyclist yet - but maybe this'll motivate him?

I've heard Burley has great customer service - I hope they never have to find out
Do you have your kids wear helmets in the trailer? As bad abill
Dec 11, 2001 8:58 AM
parent as it makes me, neither of ours was very comfortable for more than about 10 minutes with the helmet on, and, with the cage created by the trailer and with the kid strapped in, I don't know, it seemed okay to go without.
Books and drinks help, but you can't go very long without their getting antsy or falling asleep. Pray for the latter.
I don't require the helmet in the trailer either...BiknBen
Dec 11, 2001 9:17 AM
I started pulling my daugter around when she was just under a year old. The seat of my Burley Solo pushed her helmet forward. Basically, her chin was in her chest. Even now that she is 2 years old, she doesn't wear it in the trailer. I do enforce the helmet rule when she gets on any type of bike.

In one instance, my wife encouraged her to get on a bike at a store and my daughter said no 'cause she didn't have her helmet on.

One thing I would recommend with the Burley is to dress the child with a collar, tutleneck, or something on the neck. The shoulder straps tend to irritate my daughters neck. She'll start to lean to one side or the other and straps can dig in a bit.

Nice gift
I don't require the helmet in the trailer either...MJ
Dec 11, 2001 9:21 AM
thanks for the strap info. - that's good stuff to know about
That does not make you adjg
Dec 11, 2001 10:11 AM
bad parent Bill. Sure, it's a sign that you're a bad parent. And frankly, I'm surprised that your daughters survived this long. But the helmet thing is just a drop in the ocean.

Of course my precious cargo wears a helmet in the trailer.
So, you're saying that I was a bad parent, anyway, and thatbill
Dec 11, 2001 12:29 PM
this doesn't MAKE me a bad parent but simply PROVES that I'm a bad parent?
Geez, I thought that my daughters would learn to hate me on their own, but I guess you've robbed me of the few good years I had coming.
You're quite the charmer, aintcha?
So, you're saying that I was a bad parent, anyway, and thatdjg
Dec 11, 2001 1:13 PM
Geez Bill, just kidding.

1) Even the joke suggested more weak evidence than definitive proof.
2) Both your girls love you, so far as I can tell.
3) Yes, I am very charming. Not to other people, of course, but we cannot rule our lives by the opinions of others, this internet thing notwithstanding.
4) How on earth did I guess that you have daughters?
5) Lillian wears a helmet every single time I don't forget to bring it along. Period.
Well, okay, but the next time I help put together your bike,bill
Dec 11, 2001 2:10 PM
I'm REALLY going to mess it up.
Check this out....AustinTexasRider
Dec 11, 2001 11:34 AM
It isn't a good idea to take the kids for a ride before age 1. Here is some good info about kids, helmets and trailers:
I'll agree with this....dzrider
Dec 11, 2001 11:52 AM
My older boy wouldn't sit up in the trailer until we put his younger brother in there with him. Even then they tried to lay back and watch the trees go by or fell asleep with their heads bouncing around. I used the trailer quite a lot until the boys were 3 and 4 at which time they and the the trailer weighed over 100 lbs and I was unsure of stopping quickly on any size down hill. Tried a seat once and my kid kept pulling my shorts down and hooking them under the back of my seat!
re: Burley D'Litecroy
Dec 11, 2001 12:19 PM
Congrats on an excellent purchase. I've had our Burley through 8 years and three kids, and it is still good as new. For an extra $100 you can get the stroller conversion kit "landing gear". The stroller is great, and we probably use it more than the bike trailer. Burley has a great customer service dept. I once needed a 4" replacement tube for the front wheel, so I sent an e-mail on how to order. They replied back that the new trailers have a solid wheel, but they would send me a free tube anyways.