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    I thought about the Cub, but since we have twins (meaning they will grow at the same pace vs taller/shorter kids) I thought the added elbow room would be good for longer-term use.

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    We have a "Bee". Advantage is it's light and the kids stay dry enough in light rain. Good product.
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    after measuring, and consulting burley, we found the cub had the most room at the seat and elbows since the sides don't taper in anywhere near as much as the others do. downfall is it's less aerodynamic and makes it slightly harder to tow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cderalow View Post
    after measuring, and consulting burley, we found the cub had the most room at the seat and elbows since the sides don't taper in anywhere near as much as the others do. downfall is it's less aerodynamic and makes it slightly harder to tow.
    My daughter is 6; my son 3 1/2. I can barely fit them into the same trailer and because of the lack of space, things to often get interetesting. I recommend getting the widest trailer you can find.

    Yes, it will be a little less aerodynamic, but at the speeds one generally pulls a trailer, rolling resistance and (if climbing hills) weight are much bigger issues.

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    Chariot Cougar 2

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    We had an old Burley dLite for a while and it was nice for the toddler, but when kiddo #2 came, we wanted a softer ride for him so we went with the Chariot Cougar 2 with the adjustable leaf suspension. You also you can get an infant sling for it when their not solid sitters, and we got the bike adapter and the stroller wheels. Works great as a double stroller. Smooth ride. I think we paid around $500 or so (a lot of money for us) but don't regret the buy at all. We love our Chariot!
    +1 On checking Craigslist or E-bay. We got our Chariot off Craigslist for $400 in perfect condition. I pull two kids behind me 2 and 4 no problem. It is nice because if you have just the kid he/she can sit in the middle and enjoy all the room in there.
    In the near future i am looking for a tag a long hopefully a Woo-Hoo for my oldest to when he is too restless riding in the trailer.
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    Thanks! I was thinking about the Cub for the hard bottom, but I decided on the Burley d'lite model for the extra elbow room/growing space. Since our twins are only 9 months now, we will be waiting until they are 1 year and then only taking them out on paved trails, so I'm not too concerned about a hard bottom at this point. Also since they are so young, I have absolutely NO time to drive all over the place looking at used bike trailers. Most are selling w/in hours on Craigslist...in MN...in Feb (middle of winter here!). So I opted for the 2012 close-out model on Amazon for $400. We'll be using it for 4-5 years and will sell on CL when our kids have outgrown it.

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    Oops! I meant that I decided on the d'lite model for the extra shoulder room. From Burley's website: Bowed-out sides for increased interior width/shoulder room. From all my research, I believe this model is the roomiest Burley has for shoulder room. It might, however, be narrower at the seat than the Cub. It doesn't look like the specs on their website reflect the bowed-out sides, but—whether it does or does not—I've already purchased the d'lite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triaxtremec View Post
    so no one uses Burley child trailers?
    They make good gear. I like their tagalong system but it's expensive.

    I have had 4 trailers for kids. My last two have both been Chariots. A high end single that I sold. And my favorite and current one, the Chariot Cougar Double.
    I think the Chariot offers the following advantages:
    1. Flexibility - easily converts to a swivel wheel stroller, fixed wheel jogger, hiking travois, and cross country ski travois, also add cargo shelves and netting.
    2. Independent strut suspension - great for rougher conditions and unpaved surfaces.
    3. This thing is Canadian designed so you can really seal out the weather. Good friends use theirs in both Austin and Alaska on a regular basis.

    That being said, Burley makes a great dedicated bike trailer for paved path and street use.

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    Bringing this back up from the dead.....
    I'm shopping right now, waiting for my number to come up on craigslist. I plan on rolling with one kid.
    -Would a 1 seater be more comfortable for him than a 2 seater? I'm thinking that no one sits in the middle of the back seat of a car.
    -The difference between a 1 and 2 seater is 4" (27 vs 31") Would that make a difference in my life? THink passing, navigating posts and curbs, general turning.
    -16" vs 20" wheel... a big deal?
    -Suspension... a big deal?
    Basically, I want to go for bike rides. If I can take my kid and he enjoys the ride, I'll get to go on more rides. If he's comfortable, I can go for longer rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfranci3 View Post
    Bringing this back up from the dead.....
    I'm shopping right now, waiting for my number to come up on craigslist. I plan on rolling with one kid.
    -Would a 1 seater be more comfortable for him than a 2 seater? I'm thinking that no one sits in the middle of the back seat of a car.
    -The difference between a 1 and 2 seater is 4" (27 vs 31") Would that make a difference in my life? THink passing, navigating posts and curbs, general turning.
    -16" vs 20" wheel... a big deal?
    -Suspension... a big deal?
    Basically, I want to go for bike rides. If I can take my kid and he enjoys the ride, I'll get to go on more rides. If he's comfortable, I can go for longer rides.
    A couple of thoughts (I'm usually pulling two kids, so I don't have much to say on the single vs double)-That said I haven't had any problems rolling with the double
    20" wheels? Definitely. - more tire options, and better able to handle road hazards than a 16"
    Suspension? it's a nice-to-have, but my kids fall asleep in the Bee w/o suspension so they don't seem to miss it.
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    We had a Burley D'lite. Not sure if I spelled it correctly. First used with our son and then with his sister 6 years later. Back in the early 2000s the selection was slim and this was the best model I could find. I have a European bike with 28" wheels and fenders and some trailers did not fit. The tongue was not long enough. The Burley however worked and I liked the quality. However this was 13 years ago and there may be other ones with the same quality nowadays.
    We had the kids in the middle and rarely we took some of their friends and had two kids in the back. I think they never missed the suspension. They always fell asleep at one point.
    I also never had problems with the width on any of the trails here.

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    I got the Flatbed cargo .. last of the worker owner co op ones .. actually Made in Eugene ..

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