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Bike trailer - made the switch(5 posts)

Bike trailer - made the switchTypeOne
Jul 31, 2003 10:11 AM
Last weekend was my first trip out with my 9mo daughter in a Burley trailer. I commute and I raced until this season, so I was somewhat serious and competitive out there. Now I'm one of those slow guys on the MUT (sigh).
I am nervous about riding on any roadway with the baby. I guess I imagined that I would work on some power dragging this extra weight along, but I didn't realize how the handling would be different. I can't accelerate, turn or stop quickly, which leaves only the local trails for rides. Instead, I'm puttering along at 15 mph or less with the rollerbladers and getting no real training benefit. I was a little discouraged by this at first, but when I saw how much my daughter loved the trip, I was hooked. Now I'm one of those slow guys that hears "on your left" constantly, and I'm going again this weekend. Anyone else made the switch?
different kinds of ridingColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2003 10:27 AM
i still go out on my own or with a group if i want a real workout. you can get a workout pulling a trailer, but don't count on it. i have a trailer and a trail-a-bike. lots of sundays i will take the kids and my wife for a ride downtown or around the MUTs. It's fun, but not much exercise. The kids love it though. I also regularly ride my cruiser in weekly night ride. it's more social than anything. more of a celebration of the bike. it's all good. just ride something.
For work out try pulling her up a hill. It works for me nmkilimanjaro
Jul 31, 2003 4:04 PM
Is she old enough?djg
Jul 31, 2003 4:18 PM
I seem to recall our pediatrician suggesting something on the order of 12 months--you might want to ask yours.
re: Bike trailer - made the switchMWM
Aug 1, 2003 6:21 AM
I thought I was getting no training at first too. Trust me, the trailer drag builds strength even at MUT speeds. I think you'll notice it in a few weeks. My youngest daughter still rides in the trailer and I'll miss it when she can't anymore. MUT's and trailers go together well. I still don't like trailers on the road even after 8 years pulling them.