I am the proud owner of a 6 month old Xootr Swift, and the proud uncle of a 4 year old niece. I'd like to get the two of them together on Saturdays, so I've been looking at some child trailers. I've looked at the Burley Solo at my local REI, and not only to I like the looks of it, but we have a coupon that could save us about $50. Before I do that, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with this trailer, especially in conjunction with a Swift.
The standard Burley hitches are made to fit in the rear triangle of almost any bike. I do not have a Burley, but did buy the hitch head part to try out on my Bike Friday because I thought it might be more stable. It works, but is a pain to screw on and off. I'm now just using a Wike quick-release hitch which will work with bolt-on axles provided your axle is long enough. One other thing: if you don't use a kickstand on your Swift, you'll be laying the bike down to get your niece in and out of the trailer. Also the trailer has a tendency to dip down because of the 20" wheels.
Thanks Spambait. I hadn't thought about the kickstand. I don't use one, but I'll need to look into getting one for the bike. One point of clarification, when you say dip, I'm guessing you mean tongue of the trailer? Is it just a minor annoyance or something more?
One point of clarification, when you say dip, I'm guessing you mean tongue of the trailer? Is it just a minor annoyance or something more?
Yes to your answer - sorry about that. Just to clarify, when I mentioned "dip," I was thinking about two things:
(1) Most trailer towarms seem leveled for bikes with rear wheels of 26" or more. Thus on a bike with a 20" rear wheel, the trailer is not level but has a slight decline. That's more what I meant by "dip." This decline is not a problem for me, but may be a minor annoyance for the boys since they're sitting at a slight downward angle. However, the seatbelt will hold them in steady, and both love to ride in it.
(2) Without a kickstand, when you lay the bike on its side, the nose of the trailer "dips" all the way to the ground such that you have to bend lower to get the kid out. This is more of a pain when they're sleeping.