Bike trailer - one that converts QUICKLY to buggy without taking the kids out?
first post here, but I've been doing a lot of reading in the last week or so. We have been car-less for a year and a half now, mostly using public transport, but as we have now moved to somewhere flat instead of the side of a valley, we have been using the bikes a lot in the last two months. The normal set up is DH pulls the trailer with 5yo and 3yo, I take 1yo on seat on the back. This has been fine with our old halfords two kid trailer (that also lugs about 40kg of our weekly shop once a week) but owing to a bike theft, we are looking to upgrade...
DH's mountain bike/trailer puller was stolen last week (gutted doesn't come close - it was locked up, in our carport, out of site of the road - they even went so far as to unhitch the trailer, and leave it along with three other bikes - very targeted). Anyway, the result is that at the weekend I ended up pulling the trailer and having the baby in the seat - and to my surprise it wasn't as horrendous as I thought it would be (fist time for me taking all 3).
So as it appears that I am not as weak a cyclist as I thought, we are looking for a better long term solution. The halfords trailer has served us for 4 years, but has taken quite a few knocks, and it's not looking likely to make it another 4 years (until the small one is 5ish).
All that given then, we started considering trailers than can be pushed as a buggy - having no car we ride to town, then I normally stick the baby on my back in a sling - that will die a death soon as he gets ever heavier!
Of all the trailers we have looked at, only one seems designed to do what we really want - which is to quickly, and easily and safely convert from trailer mode to buggy mode without removing the kids...
The Burleys you need a spanner and allen key to fit the dolly wheel, Chariot seems to come close, with the buggy wheels stowed on board, but need unclipped, refitted, then the towbar taken off, croozer I have seen some photos of the dolly wheel fitted at the same time as the tow bar, but have no idea if you can actually ride and/or push it in the configuration.
Then last night I came across the Nordic Cab, which had the dolly wheel fitted to the towbar, and was simply flipped through 180 degrees to sit on the ground - seems like the perfect solution, but as it was a brand I wasn't familiar with I would love to know any experiences.
Does anyone know of another trailer that has this facility to just unhitch and push away with no fuss? Can you pull the croozer with the wheel in place? Does anyone have any experience with the nordic cab?
Thanks for reading!