Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Bike Trailer Experiences/Recommendations
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05-07-08, 12:09 PM
I'm looking at getting a bike trailer to take my girls (2-1/2 years and 10 months old) riding. This is mostly to make more time accessible to riding, as my wife us super busy with grad school and getting ready for comps in a few weeks. I have to watch the kids for most of the evening, and as a result it's hard for me to get out as much as I'd like. Anybody have and good or bad experiences with particular bike trailers? I'm looking for recommendations. I've talked to two people at work with Burley D'Lites who really like them.
05-07-08, 12:34 PM
I've got a Chariot. I think it's the Cougar model. I bought the jogging and bike kits for it. I used it to take my first daughter on bike rides and to go running on some nearby trails. Eventually, she outgrew it, but her younger sister is now at the age where she can ride. It has performed flawlessly. I like that it's easy to remove the wheels and fold it up relatively flat. Makes for easy carrying. In bike mode it mounts to a receiver that goes on the wheel quick release.
I have an InStep "rocket" trailer (It's a green two seater), and don't have any problems with it. It connects via the quick release skewer. I had it connected to the MTB, and just put it on the road bike yesterday. No problems with my 3 year old son and dragging him 20 miles. I figure by the time he grows out of it this summer I can use it as a grocery getter or something else, so it won't go to waste.
I couldn't see spending $300.00+ dollars on something my son's going to outgrow in a few months/years. You should be able to find it cheap on Amazon if I recall correctly. I picked it up locally at Dick's SG just in case I needed to return it, etc.
05-07-08, 01:00 PM
I couldn't see spending $300.00+ dollars on something my son's going to outgrow in a few months/years.
I must agree, bargains can be found.
Oldest son found a Burley at garage sale for $100, mounts to the frame, and i believe it is about 6 years old, original owners also used for camp site gear hauler when resided in Colorado.
We purchased an Instep model for daughter's family, kids same age as yours are then, they use almost nightly, IIRC, we purchased on sale from Target for about $80. It has held up well for their nightly rides, now combine weight of the two is near the 90# mark, and as dad is small, finding it more difficult to get started from stop.
Wife, made me purchase a model found at our LBS, under discount table, for $90. I did not want, and even tried to convince her, that a second set of mounts would cost half the bargain price, and suddenly, sale clerk added a second set to the deal. A Giant Peapod, very well constructed, aluminum frame, and if IIRC, this was listed new for about $350. Yesterday when retrieving bikes from 1 year inspection, queries made about the strange spindle attachments, then learned, that was only Peapod they stocked, and sold since a Giant dealer. It is light, builded solid, including hard foot floor, with ample space to extras in the rear. With U-shape attach and frame, the trailer pulls very well, with alloy rims, smooth roller. If you can find at bargain price, do not ignore. I would not pay MSRP.;)
Grandkids love to be towed around by either grandma or grandpa. Best way to the park.
05-07-08, 01:14 PM
Yeah, I picked up my "kid hauler" from play it again sports for around $50 and it had new tires on it. I can't remember the brand off hand, but it was the higher end models that the big stores sell (wally world, target, etc..) and I remember that it cost about $250 new.
My only complaing on mine is that it attaches to the rear with a compression style fitting that you have to use a wrench on to put pressure on the fitting and their is a safety strap that must go around the rear fork in case the compression fiting falls off the fork while riding. Well, the strap has gotten caught in the spokes a few times and other than an annoying rubbing noise that forces me to stop and pull the strap out no damage was done to bike or strap. Did have the compression fitting go loose once when my wife put the carrier on her bike and didn't tighten enough. Also make sure to put a couple rear lights on the carrier and prefferably the flashing style and of course a big flag to draw more attention so cars coming from behind will see ya.
If i had to do it again I would buy one of the models that can convert into a 3 wheeled stroller of sorts and has a different style of attaching to the bike (a hitch or something that requires no tools and is quick). I have thought about modding mine to make it a quick connect/disconnect, but my daughter is getting too big for it and I will soon just get one of the tow behind single tire type of "bikes" that attached to your frame or seat post.
Also, if you have carbon anywhere on the rear of the bike (my rear supports and my seat post on Allez Elite) foreget about any type of carrier or kid attachment. When I was buying my bike I saw a guy bring in an identical Allez Elite that had the rear forks and supports totally destroyed ( i mean ripped off the frame for the supports and the forks were bent) because he attached a kid hauler to the rear. Me I use a cheap wally world my bike for the kid hauler duty and leave my road bike as a road bike and keep it away from the kids.
05-08-08, 01:09 PM
Does your area have Freecycle and/or Craigslist?
05-12-08, 08:41 PM
Therre are multiple craigslists "near" me, although none is less than an hour drive from home. I've been looking, but haven't seen anything that I would call a steal. While I'd like to get a trailer soon to use this year, I'll be getting $300 from my employer's wellness program in September. That would help take the sting out of the "new" price, plus they should be going on end of season sales at that time. That's how I picked up my Hardrock last year as well - I earned $250, and the bike was on sale for $300. So I got a new $400 bike for $50. And I even like the colors of the 07's better than the 08's.
Thanks for the input.
05-13-08, 07:29 AM
We bought a run-of-the-mill 2 seat kid hauler from Dick's Sporting Goods for about $150 and it has been great for us for 3 years now.
05-13-08, 08:39 PM
Highly recommend the Burley D'lite. Yes, they are very expensive but they hold their value when it's time to resell. I purchased one new 5 years ago for about $400 and sold it last month for $300 in one day on Craigslist. Also, they have a stroller attachment that makes it into a very useful double-stroller or jogger --- easy to push on rough surfaces, lots of room for the kids, extra storage space, etc. We probably used it more as a stroller than a bike trailer.
You might want to also check in the Family\Recreation forum as well.
05-13-08, 11:58 PM
I bought a very lightly used Instep Quick & EZ from my LBS. It is similar in design to the Burly D'lite, although quite a bit heavier. It also folds down flat and the wheels have quick releases for ez on/off in case you want to transport it (like on vacation). My 2yr old loves it and on rides longer than an hour or so he usually falls asleep. It pulls great and you hardly notice it at all unless you're riding uphill or into the wind ;-) It connects to the rear quick release and also has the aforementioned safety strap. The "hitch" is very user friendly and I have had no problems with the strap at all on both my MTB and road bike. We have almost 1000 miles on ours from short rides around the subdivision to several longer charity rides.
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