Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Carlisle, MA
Bikes: old Merlin, Santana Beyond, & a mommy bike
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Originally Posted by rdblatch
Thanks Kat. Is Chariot the only company that has a system like that? Or are most of them like that? (Chariots look great, but they're a bit out of my price range for a double....only 1 kiddo now but I don't want to buy another when #2 comes along). Thank you.
I totally understand. Sticker shock can be a bit daunting. Burleys have a quick release as well, but I don't have one so can't speak to its ease of use. If you are family planning in advance, perhaps you will only need the single carrier? When this little guy moves out and on to a trail-a-bike, making room for #2? Both Burleys and Chariots do have excellent resale value, so if possible, try to look further down the road. Also, I know of someone who got one at a REI Chariot-specific sale which helped bring the price to an attainable level. We bought ours at the REI 20% sale and benefitted from the member dividends that were applied. You can also search Craigslist for a used one. We have used ours 12 months out of the year for almost 2.5 years. It may be a bit dirty but no wear and tear on it yet.
We bit the bullet with the Chariot. Love love to cycle and didn't want to feel like we shouldn't/couldn't just because there was a small child we were fully responsible for. I should add that I also love to snowshoe and xc ski in the winter so I bought the Chariot ski attachment which totally rocks. But the way I look at it.... the Chariot saves me money in these ways:
1. I dont' have to pay for a gym membership
2. My physical health benefits.
3. My mental health benefits. And lets face it .. a happy momma is a much better momma.
4. I'm teaching by showing my child what a healthy lifestyle can include.
5. My child is safe and comfortable and nearby while I work out. How awesome is that?