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Old 05-27-13, 05:10 PM   #1
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Looking for Bike Trailer Reviews

My wife and I want to buy a nice bike trailer for our son but it is hard to choose which one. We tried out a friend's burley today and it was great but it is around $500. We would like to spend less. Suspension is nice in case we do rails to trails but not sure if it is a "must have". Any recommendations?
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I got one from a yard sale for $25. Had never been used.

Craiglist here is also very good for used ones.
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Old 05-28-13, 09:37 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=10 Wheels;15673529]I got one from a yard sale for $25. Had never been used.

Craiglist here is also very good for used ones.[/QUOTE
No luck on Craigslist here
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Used is good. People buy them with good intentions and then don't use them. Their kid cries the first time and they never try again. Or the parents' legs get tired.

Craigslist worked for me. I got a used (nearly new) Chariot Cougar (single) and have used it hard. It has worked very well. I will sell it on CL when I'm done with it.

Talk to other parents at your kid's school/community centre/playground, or even post a notice on the bulletin board at the local community centre. Parents of five-year-olds will be getting rid of their trailers soon.
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We have a Burley Bee. It was $200 on sale at a local bike shop last year.
It can be set up to haul one kid or two. It has a pocket for a drink/toy for the kid, and a huge amount of space in the 'trunk' for cargo (diaper bag, food, etc). For storage of the trailer itself, It folds down fairly flat and the wheels are super easy to remove.

The hitch that connects to the bike is easy to install and small enough that I just leave it on most of the time.
We put our 20 month old daughter in there with snacks, toys and books, and she is good to go. She spends most of the time looking out the tinted windows. It also has a rain cover we use when it starts raining. It is connected to the trailer and rolls up/ties down so you will never forget it.

The one and only downside to this trailer is that the seat doesn't recline, but as she is a small kid, she falls asleep anyway! Naps happen on every ride.

If I had to re-buy it, I would.
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Used is the way to go if you can be patient about it.

I got a new Burley Encore $400 or $500, can't recall, and am mostly happy with it. However, it has no suspension, and child does complain about the bumpy ride. $4-500 seemed like an absurd amount of money for such a thing at the time, but if I could go back I would get one with suspension (either D'Lite, or Solo, or a Chariot). Really depends on how much you expect to use it, and anticipated surface conditions.

One other option is to add balloon tires to a non-suspension model, I expect you could get a more comfortable ride that way. Schwable makes them I think, not cheap, but might be worth considering.
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+1 on C.L

Used is the way to go, we got a Chariot Cougar 2 for $400 off CL, will sell it on CL when we are done with it for about the same if not a little less.
Good luck on your search.
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We have a Chariot Cabriolet that has seen a lot of use, first with one and now with two kids. I like it very much and use the stroller conversion kit as well for walks on dirt roads. It is very easy to disassemble or covert between the modes. I thought the price I paid was outrageous (whatever it was) when I got it, but I have to say that it was a good investment.
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One other option is to add balloon tires to a non-suspension model, I expect you could get a more comfortable ride that way. Schwable makes them I think, not cheap, but might be worth considering.
Schwalbe "Big Apple" Lower rolling resistance than the stock tires too.
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