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    Can you recommend a women's bike to pull a trailer?

    Hi, I am new here.

    I am looking to buy a bike this month to pull a 2 seat burley bike trailer. Kids weight 40lbs and 25lbs. Honestly, I know very little about bikes, I am so overwhelmed with all the different types out there. Most of our family biking will be on paved roads and maybe some on flat dirt paths. I am in good shape (run 5 miles 3 days/week). I definately will not be going fast while pulling the bike trailer. I hope I gave enough info so you that guys can guide me in the right direction.

    Thanks a lot!

    sheedlo

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by sheedlo View Post
    Hi, I am new here.

    I am looking to buy a bike this month to pull a 2 seat burley bike trailer. Kids weight 40lbs and 25lbs. Honestly, I know very little about bikes, I am so overwhelmed with all the different types out there. Most of our family biking will be on paved roads and maybe some on flat dirt paths. I am in good shape (run 5 miles 3 days/week). I definately will not be going fast while pulling the bike trailer. I hope I gave enough info so you that guys can guide me in the right direction.

    Thanks a lot!

    sheedlo
    If you have any hills at all where you live, I recommend something with lots of (low) gears. I've got two kids (a bit heavier) and up hills I definitely notice I'm pulling 100 lbs of kids/trailers.

    Otherwise pretty much anything should work (except, well, carbon road bike, but I'm assuming you weren't going there anyway ). I've pulled a trailer with a road bike, "comfort" bike, and two different recumbent bikes; my wife uses a "commuter" bike. If it's geared for it, you can even do it with a folding bike. Just find something you like riding and go.

    If you don't know much about bikes, head down to the LBS (local bike shop), tell them what you're planning on doing and try out many different bikes.

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    You could tow a trailer with virtually anything. What is your budget? Do you want something sporty? Upright riding position? Step through or step over? All the major brands make good bikes suitable for your purpose. Can't go too far wrong with a Giant, Specialized or a Trek. Don't even try anything with a front shock. Rigid fork only. Agree about lots of gears. Anything with three rings around the pedals will work.

    I suggest that you visit some bike shops and try a variety of different styles of bikes and see what is comfortable and what makes you smile while you ride it.

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    Ok..I will have to visit a bike shop for sure! I don't even know what step through or step over means or what a front shock, rigid fork is, etc. So I will read up on bicycles 101 before visiting the bike shop.

    thanks

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    http://www.ebicycles.com/article/beg...a-bicycle.html


    Here is some basic information to get you started. Good luck!

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    Yes a step through frame does make getting on and off easier, particularly with a child seat on the back,
    or as well with a trailer.. In the NL, they're the Oma (rather than Opa)

    my Bike Friday is Functionally a Step through frame. the main tube is pretty low.

    a BakFiets is a box in the front, with Frame made so a wheel extended to the front .

    now there are some US builders of that type bike.. [kids in the box on seats, in front of you]
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    I have a specialized Dolce which is a women's entry level road bike and a little step up the Specialized Ruby both tow the trailer fine. Both also mount a rear rack to attach a rear seat if I'm only riding with a single child. I have used the Dolce for 4 seasons so I consider that to be pretty reliable. We also live in a fairly hilly area and I have been fine towing with the compact setup the bikes come with!

    I agree if you haven't already, head to the bike shop and get some info and ask some questions. Even visit a couple different shops to see what is available.

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    Hi I was about to start a thread asking the same a bike to pull a trailer.

    between the Trek Skye S and the Specialized Myka Step through what would you recommend
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...rt/skye/skye_s#
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...pthrough#specs
    are they both decent bikes or should I steer away?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arevir View Post
    Hi I was about to start a thread asking the same a bike to pull a trailer.

    between the Trek Skye S and the Specialized Myka Step through what would you recommend
    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...rt/skye/skye_s#
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...pthrough#specs
    are they both decent bikes or should I steer away?
    Thanks.
    Both are probably fine, although I'd personally recommend getting a fixed fork instead of a suspension fork (unless you are really using it as a mountain bike). If you do get a mountain bike but are planning on riding on roads and not off-road, getting slick tires (instead of knobby ones) makes a huge difference.
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