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Old 08-22-13, 01:32 PM   #1
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Bikes for towing kids in Chariot trailer

Hi all - My commuter got stolen so I'm shopping for a new one and planning ahead for when our newborn is big enough to go in the Chariot trailer. Should I be considering the added weight for towing up hills when considering a bike? I'm definitely planning to go with gears instead of the single speed I've been doing. But should I also be considering a specific touring bike vs. an old-school 12-speed? I've primarily been looking at steel framed bikes from 70s and 80s, bust starting to wonder if I need to change my priorities. Or are those old steel frames durable enough to pull kids up hills no problem?

Bikes I've been considering off Clist:
Trek 420 Touring (http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4012656327.html)

Univega Supra Sport (http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4003297438.html)

Viscount Aerospace (http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4015955090.html)

Peugeot Avoriaz (http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4018843453.html)

Bianci Campione (mostly bc it looked like a great deal, http://boulder.craigslist.org/bik/3942808767.html)

Thanks in advance! Russ
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Old 08-22-13, 01:46 PM   #2
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IMO, your biggest priority is finding a ride with a triple ring. Lower gearing equals easier hill ascent.
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Old 08-22-13, 02:25 PM   #3
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Given : Touring bikes tend to come with Triple cranks and Low gears, as do many Hybrids, that is a good type.

cant speak to specifics on Denver CL have to go look at those.. 1st hand..

Might have to throw in more $ after buying it to bring every thing up to satisfactory.

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Old 08-22-13, 02:37 PM   #4
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As others said, triple up front is important.......or at least like a 32 and 48/50 front rings.......
Have to second the 80's, 90's steel touring bike w/ wide tires, or better yet, for dedicated trailer pulling, a 90's steel mtn bike w/ long chain stays and wheelbase.
Not sure your exact size and as always have to see/ride the bikes on CL....

Bianchi Volpe Road Bike 700C 58cm 3x9 gearing (27-speed) - $425 (Boulder)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4001023851.html



Beautifull MYATA 1024 BICYCLE - $300 (THORNTON)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3995775339.html

Mountain Bike for around town - Classic Bridgestone - $150 (NW Denver)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3964254613.html

***** TREK 800 MOUNTAIN BIKE - READY TO RIDE! ***** - $100 (Engelwood)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4018528336.html

Trek 850 - $150 (Denver/Highlands Ranch)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/4014500014.html

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Old 08-22-13, 03:34 PM   #5
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Dude! Thanks for scowering clist for me, super helpful!
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A new contender... thoughts on this one... http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3969333360.html
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Denver is pretty flat, and if you've been riding SS, you can handle a couple kids in a trailer with a double crank and wide spread cogset, probably, so I wouldn't make a triple make-or-break.

I'd also say that a smaller, and ergo stiffer, frame is better than a tall, willowy, vintage road frame when your honking on the pedals with a loaded trailer such as off from a light or up a hill. I like AusTexMurf's steel MTB suggestion, though most modern bikes are suitable in this regard.

of the bikes linked, I think the Bianchi Volpe and Bridgestone MB3 are great choices if they otherwise meet your needs.
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A new contender... thoughts on this one... http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3969333360.html
You need to figure out what size frame you need. This bike is sweet but very big. Probably best suited for someone at least 6' 2". How tall are you?
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have the same elastomer ball and socket trailer hitch on my Brompton .. the Carry FreedomCity Trailer uses it..

Folding the bike up, it goes on the trailer , a kid trailer It will, probably fit in it.
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Another viable option.....
Trek 850 Mountain Bike - $95 (Littleton)
http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/3924202060.html


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What bike did you end up with, RussRizzo ?
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Thanks for all the input, all! First, the folks who warned me about size were spot-on. 62 was waaaaay too big for me, was pretty obvious once I jumped on one. Second, I decided to simplify and focus on just the work commuter part now. So I got a nice 88 Miyata that was freshly tuned with new rubber, for under $200. It rides like a dream, and I'm sure will get me up most hills with the Chariot. When/if I want to tackle bigger hills, like Lookout Mountain in Golden, I'll look to either add a granny gear to my nicer bike (a nice, light Dean), or buy something new - that's the beauty of buying old, cheap bikes -- I can afford more than one! Thanks again to everyone who provided input, look forward to using this forum more often
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Right on.
Ride lots.
Have fun.
Stay safe.
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Thanks for all the input, all! First, the folks who warned me about size were spot-on. 62 was waaaaay too big for me, was pretty obvious once I jumped on one. Second, I decided to simplify and focus on just the work commuter part now. So I got a nice 88 Miyata that was freshly tuned with new rubber, for under $200. It rides like a dream, and I'm sure will get me up most hills with the Chariot. When/if I want to tackle bigger hills, like Lookout Mountain in Golden, I'll look to either add a granny gear to my nicer bike (a nice, light Dean), or buy something new - that's the beauty of buying old, cheap bikes -- I can afford more than one! Thanks again to everyone who provided input, look forward to using this forum more often
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