I've been thinking about building/buying a bike trailer for transporting groceries and/or my dog. I don't really need a trailer - I've got along for the last 8 years with no car, no bike and no trailer. In the past I've always walked/bussed to get groceries. Right now when I stop on my commute home I can't get very much because I don't have much room on my bike. With a trailer I could get groceries in the evenings or on the weekend. But I can do that using the bus now. I don't really "need" a trailer for my dog either since the park we go to is only a few blocks away, but it would be nice to have a bike transport option for him if I ever need it. When we first got him the vet was only a few blocks away, but they've since moved several km away. But we can usually get a ride to the vet with a friend if I need to make an appointment for him.
I don't really know anything about bike trailers, and I've never towed anything using a bike.
I found a used 2 seated Burly trailer on my local Craig's List for $60. It's 10 years old, but in good shape, with a new (3 month old) hitch. It's been converted for cargo only (no seatbelts). Is it worth that? Apparently "the tires would need to be replaced before next season" - I'm not sure if that means I would have to replace them now, or just that they will eventually need to be replaced.
If I buy it but then decide I really don't want/need it I can probably trade it in at my local used bike place for credit towards another bike (hopefully I wouldn't loose too much money on it).
My husband thinks it's a waste of money. As I outlined above we've gotten along thus far without a trailer, so we don't really need one. He thinks we should buy a nice (read new) one later when we have more money. I look at it more along the lines of having one for realatively cheep now so I can see if I like using it, and then I'll have it for spare parts if I decide to build one.
Opinions? Ideas? Comments?