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Old 06-09-11, 12:44 AM
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Who makes the most advanced child trailer?

Best is not the word I'm looking for and the best to many with kids is the one they can afford. I'm asking for a friend who can afford... much.

He's after something with advanced materials, light, safe etc. Money no object kind of child trailer. Articulated axle or seat post connection is fine.

What have you seen? Is this as fancy as it gets?

http://www.brauns.com/gc/gc_item.exe...BICYCLETRAILER
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Old 06-09-11, 05:13 AM
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The best ones (IMO) are not a trailer at all.
They would be the Backfiets-style bikes, with the child carried in front where the rider can see them at all times. Figure $3500 at cleverchimp cycles (Oregon, USA). Dunno if there's any Canadian dealers.
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Old 06-10-11, 05:35 AM
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Old 06-10-11, 10:25 AM
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Bak Fiets are a good rig, US builders HPM in Eugene has fostered a spin off CETMA Lane
to build a Variation .
and the lighter Harry Vs Larry Aluminum framed ones from a Danish designer ..
Taiwan Contract Builder, are also FS .

As far as trailers go we, a Trek dealer have a range , top has nice seats and dual restraints.

Heavier, steel used, in some other trailers, can get you a trailer that will serve
for hauling building materials too.
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Old 06-10-11, 11:16 AM
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The Croozer from brauns looks very similar to the MEC trailer.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302889384
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Old 06-11-11, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by coldfeet View Post
The Croozer from brauns looks very similar to the MEC trailer.

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302889384
The MEC trailers and Croozers look exceedingly similar if examined in person, side by side!

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Take a look at Chariot Carriers -- they are nice, but very expensive
http://www.chariotcarriers.com/
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Croozer trailers are distributed by Chariot as a price point alternative to the more expensive Chariot. I used to sell the Croozer trailers in my shop, and they are very nice for the price, but they are no Chariot.
If price is not an object, the Chariot is the way to go in my opinion.
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Tout Terrain, of Germany makes a long travel suspended single wheel trailer ,
for bringing the tykes single track riding ..
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A bit pricey ($599 CDN), but they're built well, and a good design. They're located in Guelph, Ontario. I have one of their Pet Trailers.

http://www.wicycle.com/child_softie_...le_trailer.php
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I am surprised there is any argument...

http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/cx.php

Adaptable for biking, jogging, strolling, hiking, and XC skiing.
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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
I am surprised there is any argument...

http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/cx.php

Adaptable for biking, jogging, strolling, hiking, and XC skiing.
How does it do when tested for rollover resistance and child protection?

Consumer Reports used to test child trailers in just those ways. It's been a while since we went through getting a trailer, but when we did there were way too many "rolled over at 12 mph and landed on Crash Test Baby's head" trailers. Too-narrow track, hitches that tended to turn the trailer over around curves, harnesses loose enough that children would be outside the roll cage in a crash/rollover. And while there was defintely a correlation between cost and quality/safety, some of the most expensive ones had some of the worst safety test results.

A decade or so ago, the safest trailers were Burleys and the no-longer-made Yakimas. And yeah, at that time there were among the pricier trailers. But IIRC, they weren't the priciest.

Don't just buy a trailer based on "it's expensive, it must be good". Do some real research.

And don't forget - all the features like "can be used as a jogging stroller" add weight. Hauling a trailer with kid(s) already adds a LOT of weight, and every little bit more makes it worse.
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Originally Posted by achoo View Post
How does it do when tested for rollover resistance and child protection?

Consumer Reports used to test child trailers in just those ways. It's been a while since we went through getting a trailer, but when we did there were way too many "rolled over at 12 mph and landed on Crash Test Baby's head" trailers. Too-narrow track, hitches that tended to turn the trailer over around curves, harnesses loose enough that children would be outside the roll cage in a crash/rollover. And while there was defintely a correlation between cost and quality/safety, some of the most expensive ones had some of the worst safety test results.

A decade or so ago, the safest trailers were Burleys and the no-longer-made Yakimas. And yeah, at that time there were among the pricier trailers. But IIRC, they weren't the priciest.

Don't just buy a trailer based on "it's expensive, it must be good". Do some real research.

And don't forget - all the features like "can be used as a jogging stroller" add weight. Hauling a trailer with kid(s) already adds a LOT of weight, and every little bit more makes it worse.

I have not read any reports on the rollover safety of Chariot trailers, but they are about the most common found on Canadian streets today and have an excellent safety reputation. Full aluminum roll cage and well made, padded 5 point safety harnesses are standard on the CX model. Also built in leaf spring suspension, and drum brakes (when used as a jogger/stroller).

The Chariots are 'adaptable' (as lardass said) - the fittings to convert to a stroller, jogger, XC ski pulk are quick-disconnect options and have no effect on the weight of the chariot.
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