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Old 03-11-07, 06:11 PM   #1
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Help us choose a trailer!

My husband and I need a child trailer for our 9 month old. We want to get a two-seater so we can still use it if/when we have a second child. We've narrowed our choices to the Burley Bee and the Bell Co-Pilot model A. Does anyone have any input on the quality, ease-of-use, etc. of these models? I can't seem to find many useful product reviews, so any input is welcome!!
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Old 03-14-07, 06:04 PM   #2
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Spend an extra $100 over the Burley Bee and get last year's Burley D'Lite (2006) on sale at REI for$359--much better trailer than the Burley Bee & Bell, and if you live closer to an REI store, have it shipped for free!
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Old 03-14-07, 06:41 PM   #3
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Where are you located? Lots of people sell theirs when their kids grow out of them. We bought our Trek (made by Chariot) used for $100. We'll probably sell it this summer as our kids have grown out of it.

The folks we bought it from used it 5-6 times. We've used it 5-6 times.
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+1 on the used market. Craigslist has them fairly frequently. If you can afford it, spend the money on the D'Lite if you go the Burley route. That is a pretty good deal on the '06 closeouts at REI. Typically kids will ride in the trailer until 4-5 years old. With a 9 month old, you can regularly ride them in it this summer and for the next 3-4 summers. If you have a second, they can go in when they are ~1 (some have ridden with <1 year olds in baby carriers in the trailer). You just want to make sure they have good neck muscles for some of the jarring. My 7 year old still rides in ours occasionally but that is so the 5 year old a turn as stoker on the tandem. He is about ready this year to be on his own bike for our distance rides.

Good Luck, I hope you can find a good used one for the price of a new Bee.
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We have the Burley encore, and I wish we had the d'lite. Every extra inch of interior space helps (our kids are 2 and 5, the 5 yr old is just about outgrown it now).

The Burley is also a much better stroller than our 3 purpose-built strollers (umbrella, graco, jog). Love the 20" wheels. General high quality, easy to use. There you go!

We have hundreds of miles on ours, between trailer and stroller uses.

Worth looking for used, but we didn't have any luck that route. You always hear about good deals, but we didn't find'em. Friends of ours did find a Burley 2-seater for $25 at a goodwill store way out in the boonies. Around here, people definitely had them priced to recover their investment.
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Lemondsh: If you find a newer ('96-'06) Burley D'Lite or Cub used, in good/fine shape and with the all-weather cover for around $150-$175, it's a good deal, especially if it has the stroller attachment. Don't know where you live, but if you live in a metro area, check craigslist. There are bargains out there--otherwise consider the REI closeout on the '06 D'Lites if you have an REI close by.
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If a new trailer is your preference, I'd go with Burley, Chariot, Trek, or Wike. The REI closeout for a '06 Burley would be a good choice. However, if you want to save some money, check eBay, Craigslist, or even garage sales for a good used trailer. I was emailing someone across the country in Washington about a Wike when I got a second chance offer on a '04 Burley Solo on eBay.

As far as reviews, do a search this site. There's lots of information here. Also, http://www.bicycletrailers.com/home.jsp is a good site with consumer feedback.

I would recommend going with one of the manufacturers I listed above. The resale value of these trailers is very good.
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Old 03-19-07, 03:19 PM   #8
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Believe it or not, I'm using a Pacific brand trailer I bought used on the cheap. I'm not crazy about the way it attaches (rear triangle clamp) and it's somewhat heavy but it stores well, pulls straight and rolls easy. You could probably get away with spending substatially less unless you are going to be doing some serious miles with it, I regularly pull mine 3-5 miles and have only occationaly thought of upgrading.

The nordic track trailer I used before this was not great. It had an even worse chainstay clamp and plastic wheels. The clamp twised into the spokes of one of my bikes and completly ruined a wheel. Luckily it was my tallbike and the wheel was a steel junker anyway, but had it been a different bike I would have been quite upset.
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I love my Burley D'Lite. In fact, today was its first trip since last fall. My now 2.5 year old loves it and can't wait until this fall when his sister is old enough to ride in it with him. We already have her helmet.

I looked at several other sizes and brands, and kept coming back to this one. Last summer, I was the stay at home parent and we used it every day to go on outings, parks, museums, etc. Try and find on on craigslist, I see them there all the time.
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I have an older Burley Solo and an Instep trailer (not sure which model). I can wholeheartedly recommend Burley - the Solo is well designed, well made, and easy to use.

The Instep trailer pulls fine and isn't overly heavy despite the steel frame, but it hasn't held up as well as the Burley. I bought it used last year and I've had it out perhaps ten or twelve times, and a lot of the stitching is coming loose. The seat on the side where my four-year-old likes to sit has a major seam that I'll have to restitch before I use it again, the seam above the rear window has come loose (the nylon has unravelled, not just the thread holding the seam), and some other seams aren't holding up well. Without the experience of the Instep, I don't think I would appreciate just how good the Burley is! I'm actually thinking about replacing the Instep with a Burley D'Lite - by the time I've restitched everything on the Instep I'll have a whole lot of time in the project, and free time is somewhat rare and valuable for me.

Depending on your long-term plans you might think about a single-kid trailer now. If you have another child you could either sell the single trailer and buy a two-kid trailer, or you could get a second single trailer and each of you pull one. My kids (4 and 2, but admittedly both large for their age) seem a bit cramped in a two-kid trailer, and the four-year-old seems to take perverse joy in squishing his younger brother when Dad's not looking.
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My husband and I need a child trailer for our 9 month old. We want to get a two-seater so we can still use it if/when we have a second child. We've narrowed our choices to the Burley Bee and the Bell Co-Pilot model A. Does anyone have any input on the quality, ease-of-use, etc. of these models? I can't seem to find many useful product reviews, so any input is welcome!!

Yea, where are you located? I have a burley 2 seater thats a few years old....never use it anymore, and would love to sell it to someone who'll use it....
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My husband and I need a child trailer for our 9 month old. We want to get a two-seater so we can still use it if/when we have a second child. We've narrowed our choices to the Burley Bee and the Bell Co-Pilot model A. Does anyone have any input on the quality, ease-of-use, etc. of these models? I can't seem to find many useful product reviews, so any input is welcome!!

Go with a Chariot Carrier - specifically the Cougar model. We have used ours as a daily stroller for 3 years. As a trailer we have been mtn. biking, road cycling and running errands. I have hauled two kids, firewood, groceries and never had one mechanical issue. It is difficult to meet our expectations, the Chariot has exceeded all mine. Only thing wore out after 3 years are the rear tires. Check out REI.com. They recently upped the price, however I would recommend this to anyone.
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Go with a Chariot Carrier - specifically the Cougar model. We have used ours as a daily stroller for 3 years. As a trailer we have been mtn. biking, road cycling and running errands. I have hauled two kids, firewood, groceries and never had one mechanical issue. It is difficult to meet our expectations, the Chariot has exceeded all mine. Only thing wore out after 3 years are the rear tires. Check out REI.com. They recently upped the price, however I would recommend this to anyone.
+1 I use to pull a Burley but after trying the Cougar with the rear suspension I wouldn't go back. My son is so much happier in it. You can hardly tell it's back there until the boy starts telling me "Faster daddy!!"

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Old 04-12-07, 08:03 PM   #14
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YOu won't go wrong with a Burley or a Trek for that matter. I might offer some advice here however. I bought our trailer about 3 summers ago. I did all the research and was about ready to spring for a better trailer and then the voice of reason took over.

I went to Target and bought a $180 Schwinn trailer that has held up very well. It is in like new shape and we will probably sell it this summer since our kids too, have outgrown it. Keep in mind that it will be EXTREMELY hard to wear out a trailer. I probably have 200 miles total on mine and I would say that is quite a few comared to some.

Obviously 100 miles isn't very far by bike but with a child (let alone two) onboard that equates to quite a bit of time at family speed. We probably average 8 mph when we go on family rides, since my son is now riding his own bike. So we are talking about 25 hours of a kid sitting in a trailer. That is a LONG time for a kid to be content in a trailer.

We found that after about 20 minutes we were usually tired of listening to the kids complain and would end up heading for home. Basically what i am trying to say is that it is good advice to spring for a better quality bike. I personally don't think a trailer of the Burley cost is necessary for me.

Actually, it was a good decision. Like i said the trailer now hangs in the garage and is in like new condition still even though we used it quite a bit.
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Old 04-13-07, 08:18 PM   #15
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Some ride their trailer a lot more. I figure I rode about 8000 km with the child trailer.
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We have a burly as well all three of my kids have used it. I would highy reccomend the burly great quality and you will have it forever. My two year-old loves going on training rides with daddy. Mine has gotten a ton of use over the last six years.
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Old 04-17-07, 03:14 AM   #17
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Nashbar

I am just about to order one from Bike Nashbar. I am on the verge of the big five O and have a one year old now and want a new trailer but don't want to spend big bucks on it. The price at Nashbar of $109.99 is the lowest I have found and will give it a try. It seems to do what the others do for a lot less money and we don't plan to have any more kids anyways. It has 16" wheels on it so I don't know if that will make a difference or not. Performance bike also has one for $179.99 and it has bigger wheels on it (20") that I also considered. The Burley's are great ones too but I don't want to spend $300 plus on one for something I won't use that often.

I had an Equinox bike trailer( http://equinoxtrailers.com/ ) many years back when my daughters (now 19 and 16) were wee ones and it had a horrible hitch assembly but we used it around town and on a few vacations. I used it down in Amish country and it was great around there. I sold it after they got too old to ride in it. Maybe they improved the hitch design since then.

The biggest problem I had when my girls were younger is that they loved to throw there toys out of it which meant I had to turn around to retrieve them. It was always on a down hill of course!

I will post my impressions of the Nashbar one after I get it.
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Will you use it strictly as a bike trailer? If you also think you might want a double jogger, I'd recommend the Chariot Cougar as well.

My 3-year old twins have practically grown up in the thing and it has been outstanding.
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I don't have much experience with trailers but ours doesn't seem to make any allowances for the child wearing a helmet. so the back of the seat ends up pushing the helmet forward. My only advice is to check this out with your child before buying the trailer. I'm going to have to fabricate some sort of padding to make our trailer more comfortable for my son.
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Do burley d'lites have the recessed helmet pockets?
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I looked at the Burley's and I'm sure they're great, but went with a Chariot from REI. I love it and so does my 4 year old. Shes riding a bike with training wheels, but loves getting in the trailer with all her stuff for picnics etc. The Chariot has a great suspension and is super easy to fold-up and remove the wheels for transport. It's well-designed and beautifully made.
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Old 04-28-07, 11:57 AM   #22
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for 9 month old you want something with suspension!
Go with chariot.
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I've been looking for a trailer myself the past few weeks. Just purchased a Schwinn Trailblazer trailer from Target today. On sale for only $129 bucks! Usually $160.

Anyways, it went together really quick and I am really happy with the first few test spins. I took my 3 1/2 year old daughter out and she loved it. It's actually much nicer than I thought for the price I paid. I was going to get the Burley D'lite but couldn't get past the price of $359 for a trailer.

It tows really nice and I was surprised how easy it was to tow as I couldn't even tell I was pulling anything besides my daughter sayiing "WEEEEEEEEEEEE"

I'll post a picture.

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Here's a few photos. I'd say the second one tells the whole story

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I bought the Nashbar Kid Karriage recently and have been bery happy with it.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ild%20Carriers

I bought it when it was $109, but Nashbar marked it down temporarily to $79.99 a couple of weeks later. I called them and they refunded me the difference - very nice. Honestly, I would have been happy at $109. Compared to several other ones I looked at at LBS and online, costing $179 and up (some wayyyy up). I just don't see that much difference to worth the extra clams. Some even look like very similar copies of the Nashbar.

My 5yr and 2-1/2yr are a tight fit inside, but apparently quite comfortable, since they frequently fall asleep sitting in it.

Towing the trailer with two young ones in it does add quite a load. My wife, riding trailer-less, often eggs me to go faster; my older boy does too. Poor old dad ends up huffin' and puffin'. Then again, that's why we use it with the MTBs, so I get a good workout at a safe slow speed around the subdivision, while getting the whole family involved. Isn't that what it is all about?
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