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Kids Trailer Recomendation(8 posts)

Kids Trailer Recomendationboyd2
Jul 14, 2003 10:46 AM
Anybody want to recomend a kids trailer for me? My wife and I want one for our upcoming beach vacation. Here are the requirements:

1. 2 kids 3.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs.
2. Have to be able to fold small to get into my Subaru Outback with other vacation gear.
3. Must hold just a bit of gear (lunch, toys....).
4. Price is always a factor. I will go used/ebay if I have enough time.
5. I would prefer it mate with my carbon road bike as well as my MTB and other beater bikes. I think that this means I should go to a seatpost clamp.

Anyone have any ideas for me?
re: Kids Trailer RecomendationMWM
Jul 14, 2003 11:26 AM
All three of my kids have spent summers in our Burley Delite. It's been a great trailer and been taken on many vacations although folding it up takes a couple minutes. Plenty of room in it for extra gear and 2 kids. When I see what used ones are selling for, the price we paid new doesn't seem bad at all. It's chainstay mounted which you may not like on your CF frame. I leave it attached to my mountain bike 90% of the time as I'm usually riding with other slow riders when it's attached. Ours has been a lot of fun and I'd recommend it.
Yeah - Never Put your kids in a trailerwink
Jul 14, 2003 1:37 PM
Bike seats and trailers for kids should be banned from the market. If you love your kids keep them off bikes until they can ride their own. You are asking for tragedy!
Even better....lock em inside in a padded roomTWD
Jul 15, 2003 9:51 AM
...so they don't hurt themselves. Better yet, duct tape them to the couch, give em a happy meal, and put the Barney videos on repeat.

Sorry, but putting your kids in a car seat and flying down the freeway at 65mph is a hell of a lot more dangerous than putting them in a bike trailer.

I don't follow your logic. How do you think the kids riding their own bikes is safer than having them inside of a trailer with you in control?

Bike seat carriers are silly, since your kids head is going to fall from 3 or 4 feet high in a crash.

Bike trailers are perfectly safe provided you use a little common sense and pick safe routes.
Even better....lock em inside in a padded roomboyd2
Jul 15, 2003 11:10 AM
Wink,

Please qualify your post above. I am looking at a trailer for park roads, rails to trails stuff and really wide bike lanes. Probally not MUT's because they are usually too narrow. I only figure they are a safety problem because of cars, and if I work to take them out of the picture what is the problem?
I'm no Wink....butTWD
Jul 15, 2003 2:09 PM
as you can tell from my post above, I don't see any problem with the safety of bike trailers.

My 2 year old son has been out and about in our trailer on paved roads with good shoulders and bike lanes, on numerous dirt and gravel roads, MUTs, and even a few easy mtb trails. Add it all up, and he has spent several thousand miles in the trailer without a single problem. Actually, he loves it. He enjoys the scenery, likes to take naps, read books, eat snacks, play with toys etc.

This spring I took my son on a two day bike touring/camping trip, self supported. Did about 150 miles. It was great. Over the 4th, the wife and I loaded up the trailer and rode our tandem out to a town 35 miles away to watch a 4th of July Parade, then back again.

Let me assure you there are no inherent problems with the safety of trailers. Your main concern is getting hit by a car, or hitting an obstacle. It's no different than when you ride your bike, other than the fact that you have a longer profile, less manueverability, and longer stopping distances. You just need to pick your routes accordingly, and account for the handling differences due to the trailer.

As for recommendations, here's my advice.

We have a Schwinn Joyrider, which IMHO is of comparable quality and construction to the Burley trailers. I actually liked it better than the Burleys, and it was about $100 cheaper. It has held up extremely well. The trailer folds down fairly well, and the wheels come off. It still takes up a fair amount of room in the back off our Subaru Outback, but any 2 seater trailer will. I'd guess it will take up maybe 1/3 of your cargo space in back.

Schwinn still makes trailers, although I'm not familiar with the newer models.

As for the Burleys, they are nice but spendy. I have towed my nephews around in their Burley on a number of occaissions.

In your case I would recommend looking at Burleys Alternative Hitch, which mounts via the rear quick release skewer. It should work on your MTB or road bike, and changing from one to another would be as easy as transferring the QR skewer over.

I think a couple of other companies may offer the QR type mounts, but I'm not sure which.

Good Luck.
I am a Wink - Get a Riksha!wink
Jul 16, 2003 8:20 AM
Ok, so some people have had some positive experiences towing their kids around in a trailer. I can not provide any definitive support to my position except to say that bicycling is inherently dangerous. We ride because we beleive we understand the dangers and we conclude that our relative enjoyment overides the risk of sharing the road with cars and trucks that out weigh us by 4,000 pounds. So all of us are kind of nuts to begin with.

So now in some kind of selfish logic we decide that we want to put our kids into the same danger/enjoyment zone that we are addicted to. My question to you is for who's benefit?

I think the kids would have the same benefit being towed around in a riksha - and a hell of lot safer.

One mans opinion!
re: Kids Trailer Recomendationraj_lakewood
Jul 14, 2003 7:22 PM
I bought a Schwinn Joyrider about 2 years ago. I am not sure that they still make them. Check out AgeeBike.com . I seem to recall that they had the best price.

I speant a great deal of time comparing the Burley d'lite and the Schwinn. You cannot go wrong with the Burley, but the Schwinn had a much better (IMO) jogging option.

BTW - I just rode 20 towing my 5 yr old and 2 year old.