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Child Trailers(9 posts)

Child TrailersJohn Marchand
Apr 16, 2003 8:14 AM
I want to buy a child trailer to carry my two children in. I have a couple of questions.

1) I wanted to buy the Yakima totrod, but it is difficult to find, so I am considering the InStep Ride N Stride or Turbo trailer. Its about half the price, but does anyone know of any reasons not to go with the InStep trailers or reason I should look harder for the Yakima?

2) These trailers connect to the chainstay or chain and seat stay, is there any problem with this on an aluminum road bike?

Thanks for your help.

John
Don't know about the Instep,djg
Apr 16, 2003 10:21 AM
but we've gotten plenty of good use out of our budget Bell trailer which is, in many ways, strikingly similar to the much more expensive Burley. I'd say, if the thing comes with decent spoked wheels and seems to roll well, and the 5-pt harnesses seem sound, you're most of the way home. Also make sure it has both rain coverage and some decent front-back ventilation. You're not racing this thing you're towing your kids. And while you don't want to ruin it with obvious mechanical deficiencies, I wouldn't get too caught up in the quality issue. The basic safety features are the same on lots of these things. And, of course, the vast majority of the safety (or risk) is tied to where, when, and how you use the thing, not the slickness of the buckle on the five-point harness.

Ours does the chainstay. Easy, quick, and solid. No marring in 3 years. I've used it on CF and Ti. A friend has borrowed it for an 853 tubed Lemond. I don't think Al would be a problem per se, but I might worry if I had ultra-thin-walled tubes (maybe of any material) back there.
There is a world of difference in the quality of child trailers.Spoke Wrench
Apr 16, 2003 10:36 AM
If you have the opportunity to look at and heft them side-by-side, you'll see what I mean. I would definitely recommend seeing one in the flesh before I committed my money.

My favorite to date has been the Burley deLite. At about $400.00, they aren't cheap. They have a positively attaching hitch that can't slip forward if you grab the brakes on a steep downhill. They have real bicycle wheels, are reasonably lightweight, and have a little bit more elbow room for two kids. If you don't know what you're doing, it might take you all of two minutes to remove the wheels and fold the whole thing flat. There are some other Burley trailers that cost less, but they are significantly less nice.

I haven't seen the Yakima. Based on the performance of other Yakima products, I'd except them to be about on par with the Burley for quality and resale value.

I think that a Burley deLite will pay for itself over time. It costs $400 new and, if you have only one kid, you can reasonably expect to get two years use out of it so that's $200/year. At the end of that time you can easily sell it for $200 (demand far exceeds the supply of used ones) so that's $100/year. Plus, every time that you use it, you aren't paying a baby sitter.
re: Child TrailersMWM
Apr 16, 2003 11:44 AM
I'll second the Burley. I bought one for my first daughter when she was 1 year old. She spent many happy rides in it until her brother came along. The two of them rode and giggled in it until she was 5 and baby #3 came along. The trailer is now nearly 8 years old, still looks nearly new and my youngest, who just turned 4, loves to ride in it several times a week. Plenty of room for a picnic blanket and lunches behind the seat too. It was expensive at the time we bought it but it's been worth every penny. It's been a great investment.
And even when all of the fabric parts finally shoot craps...Spoke Wrench
Apr 16, 2003 3:30 PM
Burley sells a replacement kit. A customer had one that was in a fire and we were able to rebuild it for him so that it looked like brand new.
re: Child TrailersHigh Gear
Apr 16, 2003 5:40 PM
I did some research over the Winter. I would like to get one too. I found a manufacture that looks to have a good product and even has reviews. http://www.wicycle.com/
re: Child TrailersHigh Gear
Apr 16, 2003 5:44 PM
You can find the Totrod here for a pretty low price too. Good Luck http://www.ageebike.com/YAKIMA/YakTrailer.htm
re: Child TrailersJohn Marchand
Apr 16, 2003 6:19 PM
Well, most seem to point me towards the yakima or burley. We currently have 2 kids and #3 is on the way, so I know it will get years of use. I will try to compare quality by inspecting them both in one night.

Thanks

John
re: Child Trailers - LL Bean toodotkaye
Apr 17, 2003 9:25 AM
LL Bean has a trailer which is a copy of the Burley for about half the price, $220.
http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&categoryId=32352&sc1=Search&feat=sr
Bean's stuff is usually good quality. We have a Nashbar cheapie trailer which is OK, but doesn't have quite the elbow room of the Burley: which is beginning to be an issue as the boys get bigger..