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Old 07-18-04, 07:54 AM   #1
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Burley Bee- has anyone used it?

I have been looking for a trailer to use for my 3yr old. I looked at the "cheap" trailers ($100-$170) available at discount stores and was not happy at all with the hitches (it looks like there is no rotation allowed at all so if I bank a curve, the trailer banks too?). So I started trolling eBay for a used Burley. They tend to end at ~$200 and up. My LBS sells the Burley Bee for $199. So, I am wondering if the fewer features available on the Bee (no recessed area for helmets), can't be turned into a stroller, fewer storage pockets, narrower interior space, etc are really that big of a deal.

We will probably be doing 10-30 mile trips 2-3 times per week with a few shorty (5-10mile) trips in the evenings. We tried a trailer cycle and she can't even reach the pedals so that's at least a year away.

So, has anyone used the Burley Bee? I don't care that it can't be turned into a stroller, we'll probably never have more than one trailer-age child at a time so interior width shouldn't matter. I guess the only issue is storage pockets but I should be able to fit a small backpack or something in the trailer with her right? Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-20-04, 07:01 AM   #2
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I can't really help except to say I'm leaning the same way.
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Old 07-21-04, 07:21 PM   #3
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As a general rule, trailers don't bank well. You'll have to learn how to ride without leaning into turns as much as you are.

Rides as long as you're planning may not be a good idea, as kids get bored quickly. Besides, the added weight of the trailer will add resisitence. I always felt I rode twice as far as I did with a trailer.

Find a helmet without a point on the back.
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Old 07-22-04, 08:12 AM   #4
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FWIW, I decided on the Burley Solo. It seemed to be a bit nicer than the Bee -- more like a single passenger version of the D'lite. And, I found one on closeout for $199!
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