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Old 04-10-15, 07:08 PM
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Double or Single Trailer

My husband and I are learning to enjoy biking, and we're looking into buying a trailer so our son can come along for the ride. He's 2 1/2, and we'd like to have another child, but probably not until next year (when our son is 3 1/2 or 4). Is it worth investing in a double trailer now, or should we just buy a single child trailer?
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Old 04-10-15, 07:12 PM
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I think a single is the right way to go. By the time his new brother or sister, is ready for the trailer, he'll be outgrowing that phase. I'm thinking one trailer and one trail-a-bike where the 5 year old is learning to pull his weight in the family.

The other reason for 2 one person units it to split the load between the parents.
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Old 04-11-15, 12:11 AM
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I agree, you may not want a 4 1/2 yr old and an infant in the same trailer.

Have you considered the weehoo?
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Old 04-11-15, 10:17 AM
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Or you might consider buying the double trailer where two seats are separate. Then you don't have to worry about the safety of having both sitting in the same box.
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I would get the double. Our son is 3.5 yrs older than his sister and from when she was I can't remember 6-9 months old they shared our double trailer until he grew out of it (his head didn't fit in anymore) around age 6. Then she had it to herself until she was about 6, for the same reason. Even if you don't have a 2nd (or more) kid(s), the extra carrying capacity is always handy. We used to stack groceries around one or both kids until the trailer was just full (subject to the 100# weight limit, we found they really meant that)
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Old 04-11-15, 12:43 PM
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I would get a single trailer. By the time the younger child is ready for the trailer, the older child will be ready for a "trail-a-bike" or the rear of a periscope style tandem.
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Old 04-13-15, 04:56 PM
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I might consider the double anyway in your situation. If you're getting any of the better trailers the double models seem to hold their value better for resale. Plus you can sit a child in the middle of them. I've really liked being able to turn the bike trailer into a stroller that has a built in rain shield. I can bike to the store, add the front wheel and go right in the store. I have a Chariot, but the Burleys are pretty much the same.

But by the time your second is a year old, your oldest would have pretty limited time left in the trailer, so that might tilt the scales toward a single. A single will be a little less drag in the wind, but not as much extra storage space if you want to do shopping trips. Really I don't either one might work for you, you can't really predict the future. But if you buy a single you can resell it if you decide to change.
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Old 04-21-15, 11:55 PM
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I agree that a double is always a better option. Like previous people said its probably not going to be used for both kids at the same time. I have 2 year old and I went with a 2 seater burley encore. I found that he can sit in the center of the trailer and have extra space on either side, he can lay at an angle while still being strapped in. It also allows you to carry more stuff if you want. I carry snacks, drinks, a blanket, a small pillow, and a few toys for him. With all that stuff there is still tons of room in case I need to carry other items.
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Old 04-22-15, 05:02 AM
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Kid and stuff --> double trailer
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we have a double, the burley d'lite, my daughter is 4 and my son is 1. She is starting to want to ride on her own now but for the longer rides she loves sitting next to her little brother and pointing things out for him to see.
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Old 05-04-15, 09:02 AM
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I have 7 years between my 2 kids, so we ended up giving away stuff only to need to rebuy it for the 2nd one. We had a double the first time and a currently have the single (they are both similar quality). I like the single better. It is easier to take on narrow bike paths and is less of a parachute.
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Old 05-12-15, 10:39 AM
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I've got a double and I'm not sure I'd want to go to a single.
My eldest is around the 3.5 mark and the youngest is coming up to 8 months.

While the eldest is now starting to prefer the idea of riding her own bike next to mine: she likes the extra room and sometimes packs other things in the trailer with her (stuffed animals, etc...). Not to mention that we can squeeze the two side-by-side - though the youngest isn't quite steady enough for much more than a short ride with the eldest's help.

I suspect I'll have both in the trailer into next year.
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Old 05-12-15, 01:33 PM
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the trailer will remain useful long after the kids dont ride in it anymore , consider that in your selection.. Id think then the 2 is more useful..
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Old 05-12-15, 01:40 PM
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As others have said, the double is just a lot more room for more than just the kids. The only reason I wouldn't go with it is I have one that is convertible to make a stroller as well. I thought it would be useful for shopping trips when I was car free to have trunk space for shopping goods and my daughter, but it wouldn't fit into the doors of many shops. If you're not hoping for that, the double is the way to go.
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Double trailer (Nordic Cab) here, for one kid. We do a bit of self-supported touring, haul groceries, run errands, so we need the extra space. Also, the easy conversion to a stroller is a must for us. Our trailer is about the same width as a standard wheelchair, which means most all doors, aisles etc are wide enough for it by design (often barely, but still). Something you might want to check before buying.

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Originally Posted by MegPatterson View Post
My husband and I are learning to enjoy biking, and we're looking into buying a trailer so our son can come along for the ride. He's 2 1/2, and we'd like to have another child, but probably not until next year (when our son is 3 1/2 or 4). Is it worth investing in a double trailer now, or should we just buy a single child trailer?
I know this thread is stale, but here's my thought. If you are thinking about buying a trailer now but starting on a second kid next year when the current one is 4, he could be 6 by the time you are ready to put the baby in the trailer, meaning you'd be dragging around the double for three years, and their age difference in the trailer will be pretty large. I think that kid could/should graduate to a trail-a-bike or tandem stoker some time in the meanwhile, get used to being outdoors and balancing.

I've been sort of "family planning" about bikes this week, looking at whether bikes could be handed down, or if we need a second of each size, when can they switch up to better bikes, etc. Our spacing will (should) be closer. I'm thinking of trying kid 1 out on a front seat rather than in a trailer as soon as mommy is too preggers to ride. But so far she's not preggers at all! I'm trying to figure out what I'll be able to manage with kid 1 at age 4 and hypothetical kid 2 at age 2 while hypothetical kid 3 is too little to go in the trailer and Mommy is stuck home with him.

I've had a similar thought about when to buy a minivan. We don't need it yet, won't for a while. But we do need a new car, because the Civic isn't really big enough to hold both a rear-facing baby seat and a normal-sized adult in front of it. So do we pay all that money now not knowing for certain if we'll ever need the capacity?
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I know this thread is stale, but here's my thought. If you are thinking about buying a trailer now but starting on a second kid next year when the current one is 4, he could be 6 by the time you are ready to put the baby in the trailer, meaning you'd be dragging around the double for three years, and their age difference in the trailer will be pretty large. I think that kid could/should graduate to a trail-a-bike or tandem stoker some time in the meanwhile, get used to being outdoors and balancing.

I've been sort of "family planning" about bikes this week, looking at whether bikes could be handed down, or if we need a second of each size, when can they switch up to better bikes, etc. Our spacing will (should) be closer. I'm thinking of trying kid 1 out on a front seat rather than in a trailer as soon as mommy is too preggers to ride. But so far she's not preggers at all! I'm trying to figure out what I'll be able to manage with kid 1 at age 4 and hypothetical kid 2 at age 2 while hypothetical kid 3 is too little to go in the trailer and Mommy is stuck home with him.

I've had a similar thought about when to buy a minivan. We don't need it yet, won't for a while. But we do need a new car, because the Civic isn't really big enough to hold both a rear-facing baby seat and a normal-sized adult in front of it. So do we pay all that money now not knowing for certain if we'll ever need the capacity?
I would hold off on buying more than you need because the family biking market continues to evolve very rapidly--good examples would be the Xtracycle Edgerunner and the Bike Friday Haul-a-day, which are very capable kid-haulers that didn't exist two years ago. A simple front seat should be all that you need for two years, at which point you can reevaluate your needs. Plus the secondary market (e.g. Craigslist) continues to grow for cargo bikes as people move on from their first gen. cargo bike to a newer model. Although if you're interested in planning ahead and investing for the future, my friend (who lives in downtown Sac.) will be selling her Bullitt in the near future . Also, if you're on Facebook, check out our Sacramento Kidical Mass group. We've got 304 members with a wide variety of different bike set ups, kid's bikes, etc. who are a good source of advice for family biking questions.
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Also, if you're on Facebook, check out our Sacramento Kidical Mass group. We've got 304 members with a wide variety of different bike set ups, kid's bikes, etc. who are a good source of advice for family biking questions.
Kidical Mass! That cracks me up. Thanks for the suggestion, I'm "pending".

It's pretty likely we'll be getting a tandem in the next few months, and kid 1 might be old enough for stoking by the time hypothetical kid 2 makes it into the trailer. If not, we'll figure it out.
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This was just posted in the wacky thread.
No need for the trailer.
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I would second the Kidical mass suggestion. Don't overlook the cargo bike option. I'm a convert to the cargo world and while it's not for everyone, I think everyone with kids would benefit by checking it out.
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I feel like I'm threadjacking, I'll go start a different thread in the norcal section
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