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Old 07-09-11, 08:03 PM   #1
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Bike trailer for babies?

I had this idea; I need feedback.

When we moved here, we found an old bike trailer that had been left on the back deck (uncovered) for who knows how long. The frame itself seems to be in good shape, and the wheels/tires just need a tune-up. The outside cloth/vinyl covering has deteriorated significantly, and really just needs to be trashed. I was thinking about having my husband add bars in the right position on the frame to allow our infant car seats (we have 2 1/2 month old twins) to "snap" in place, like the "snap-and-go" strollers. Would the combination of the snap function to hold the car seats in the trailer and the car seats themselves be safe/secure enough to allow me to go out with the babies before they have the neck strength to ride sitting upright with a helmet?
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Old 07-09-11, 09:10 PM   #2
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Is there a brand name any where on the trailer?
Pictures would help. The higher end trailer have
most of the part available.
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The trailer frame itself is in good shape; that's why I'm thinking it could be converted to a "snap-and-go" variety, but I want to know if people think it's possible. As for restoring it, I can get the material and sew a replacement shell for cheaper than I can get it from the companies. We also have a fully-functional bike trailer right now, so this would be a 2nd exclusively for infant use.
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OK, It is possible, sit and think about the safety aspect for a while.
The seats should be rear facing to start with and then later be able
to turn them around. Does it have roll bars? Perimeter frame?

Weight is always something to think about as well. You will want to
test it with ballast to get the tire pressure right to keep bounce to
a min. Maybe a pole and flag, flashing lights? Remember, you are
carrying the most precious cargo on earth.

I am a safety nut, OSHA investigator retired.

BTW, I am a twin, wife is a triplet, twin grandsons, twin granddaughters.
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I think it is totally doable. We have an infant seat permanently mounted on a bike rack. It is very cool and works well for little ones. I would love to see pictures!
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I don't think rear facing is a priority, that's more for controlling forward momentum during a crash. You won't be going those speeds very often (or at least should not). Not worrying about rear facing will simplify your engineering solution. But if you think it is important don't let anyone tell you different .

Do have some sort of screen over the kids to protect them from debris in the air and kicked up by your rear tire.

Getting two seats in the trailer will be the tough part. If you make it post pictures of what you came up with.

Awesome that you can sew up a new cover. It is a bit of robbery for what they charge for replacements.
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My experience, from my two kids before they were strong enough to lift their heads, is that they aren't going to be delighted to be bouncing along looking at your feet. We had the 1st one in a trailer maybe once when he was so young. For this, we laid him in his carry cot in the trailer. The 2nd one, we got a trike with a large "box" in front, so that at least the baby could look up at her parents and trees passing overhead. That has worked much much better for everyone. Still some crying and stopping, but at least you have constant eye contact!
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My experience, from my two kids before they were strong enough to lift their heads, is that they aren't going to be delighted to be bouncing along looking at your feet. We had the 1st one in a trailer maybe once when he was so young. For this, we laid him in his carry cot in the trailer. The 2nd one, we got a trike with a large "box" in front, so that at least the baby could look up at her parents and trees passing overhead. That has worked much much better for everyone. Still some crying and stopping, but at least you have constant eye contact!
Good feedback, thanks! My "goal" (if it works, I still have to convince my husband) is to be able to go out during nap time, when they'll be sleeping anyway. We'll see.
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