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Old 01-03-18, 09:52 AM   #1
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Trailer options for 4.5 and 1.5 yr old?

We have a double burley trailer, but the 4.5 yr old is too tall, his legs don't fit, and there is not enough shoulder room for both kids to fit comfortably. Am i better off getting a trail-a-bike for the older kid and keeping the younger in the burly or getting one of those wehoo double beam trailers? Concerns are as follows:

1. 4.5 yr old won't be able to handle long rides on a trail-a-bike or sleep (primary reason for taking them out)

2. wehoo double is heavy (40 pounds) and has only a 80 pound limit (oldest is already 42 pounds and youngest is 25...worried we will exceed the weight limit at the end of 2018)

3. doing 2 separate trailers would require my wife to go out, which she doesn't do too often...I would like a solution where I can pull both.

Any ideas/suggestions?
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Welcome to the tricky spot...

You've entered the "gray zone" of raising children and bicycles.

My youngest are a little closer together, so the Double Weehoo worked for several years.

Sadly though, my oldest are farther apart, so I had to suck it up for a few years until the 6-7 year old could ride her own bike.

You can probably get the 4.5 year old on a bike and start pedaling short distances, while you pull the other in the trailer. You won't set any KOMs, but the bonding experience is priceless.
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Good luck; my kids are ~3.5 yrs apart but both fit in the Burley 2-seater until they were ready to move onto their own 16" wheel bikes. One time only I did a trail-a-bike->trailer train and that was pretty fun.

I did find the 100# limit on the Burley was definitely serious!
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Old 01-12-18, 04:52 PM   #4
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We have a double burley trailer, but the 4.5 yr old is too tall, his legs don't fit, and there is not enough shoulder room for both kids to fit comfortably. Am i better off getting a trail-a-bike for the older kid and keeping the younger in the burly or getting one of those wehoo double beam trailers? Concerns are as follows:

1. 4.5 yr old won't be able to handle long rides on a trail-a-bike or sleep (primary reason for taking them out)

2. wehoo double is heavy (40 pounds) and has only a 80 pound limit (oldest is already 42 pounds and youngest is 25...worried we will exceed the weight limit at the end of 2018)

3. doing 2 separate trailers would require my wife to go out, which she doesn't do too often...I would like a solution where I can pull both.

Any ideas/suggestions?
I have two suggestions.

Personally I have a tandem, and I pull a Trek Mountain Train; I've done this for at least two years, my kids just turned 7, 5, and 3. The three year old was quite anxious to keep up with her sister and started riding the mountain train about a year ago so I had to do something else. One of our favorite things to do is ride the neighborhood and check out Christmas lights, so in November I welded up something that allowed me to pull two Mountain Trains. For what it's worth, folks have them on CL all the time for $125, I haven't paid more than $40; it's a niche market and folks over value them. Should you choose to get a used one, be sure the tow hitch has the correct spacer for your bike or you'll need to spend $35 on a new hitch.

You can also purchase an Adams Tandem Trailer...personally I don't think my kids would cooperate and pedal together soooo...yeah https://www.trail-a-bike.com/product...folder-tandem/
Attached is a picture of my setup. (it's a crummy tandem I picked up for $40)

I think our longest ride is typically 30 minutes or less, the three year old is definitely done by that point. The 7 and 5 year olds will pedal (and it helps) if they are on the trailer bike; neither can pedal on the tandem.

When I get groceries, I will often tow my (not) burley behind a single pedal trailer. It allows me to get groceries in the (not)burley and take two of the three kids with me. Plan for WIDE turns.

Have fun!
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