Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Recreational & Family
Reload this Page >

Bike Trailer and Triathlon Training

Recreational & Family Ride just to ride? Have a family and want to get them into cycling? Drop in here to discuss recreational and family cycling issues.

Bike Trailer and Triathlon Training

Reply

Old 05-11-18, 05:30 AM
  #1  
xsdce3m
Xsdce3m
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bike Trailer and Triathlon Training

I am beginning a 16 week triathlon training program and will need to tow my 2.5 year old (30#) daughter during most training rides. I am on a Trek 2.1 WSD. Does anyone have recommendations for a trailer that would be the least cumbersome for long distance/high speed rides as well as safe for my daughter? My research has yielded the Burley Bee as the best options but I welcome the advice of someone more experienced. TIA
xsdce3m is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-18, 06:01 AM
  #2  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 18,388
Mentioned: 104 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5933 Post(s)
Having a little weight in back may not be a bad thing for training. Obviously it will work you a little differently, but you will still get in your exercise. Perhaps like a bit extra hill climbing.

The Thule Chariot trailers are also very nice, and adaptable for multi-sport.

One thing I'd worry a bit about is the high speed thing.

I tow a trailer for cargo a fair amount. I've flipped my trailer 3 or 4 times.
  • Hit curb separating a right turn lane, going pretty quick down the road.
  • Hit a curb cut entering a bike path at speed, and one wheel hit the curb.
  • Flipped it on a pothole... also at speed.
  • Oh, and I whacked the trailer axle into some dang temporary guardrail in a construction zone. Stopped me cold. Whew!!!
I suppose if the kid is well strapped and buckled in, with a helmet, then flipping the kid may not be the worst thing in the world, but it would probably leave a little lump in your stomach, perhaps more than that of the kid.
CliffordK is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-18, 06:05 AM
  #3  
xsdce3m
Xsdce3m
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank you so much for the advice and honest testimonial. Those are things I hadn't thought about.
xsdce3m is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-18, 01:26 PM
  #4  
OneIsAllYouNeed
Long-term wear tester
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Seacoast, NH
Posts: 571

Bikes: Granite Tandem Design travel/gravel/family tandem, KHS CX200 road/gravel, Voodoo Agwe fixie commuter, Gunnar Sport road, Trek T200 tandem, Motobecane Boris fatbike

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 168 Post(s)
Brief summary: I recommend a rear seat with suspension for speed and safety.

You can definitely train effectively while hauling your wee one. We have a 3.5yo and currently own a Thule (Chariot) Cheetah 1 (two-wheeled trailer), Weehoo Igo Turbo (single wheel recumbent pedal trailer), Hamax Caress (rear seat), and Bellelli Pepe (rear seat) for hauling her around. The key to getting out for a ride is that the passenger is comfortable and cooperative. We sometimes offer special snacks, stops at playgrounds, and even ice pops or ice cream to get out for a ride.

Your training requires that you do good workouts, presumably with some kind of training plan. I highly recommend using a power meter or heart rate monitor for workouts with your child in tow. You'll be going a lot slower than you would without your "helper", so you'll want feedback that helps you to do your workout.

As for safety, there's very little evidence that any method of transporting a 2yo is better than another. It is really important that she's dressed appropriately for the wind and weather (you'll dress like a cyclist, but she'll need to dress like a motorcyclist). It is really important that she wears a helmet if she's not enclosed and buckled. It is really important that you're visible (front/rear flashing lights, fluorescent colors, flag). It's also a good idea to choose safe routes for towing her around.

We like the two-wheeled trailer for paved routes only. We use the rear seats for non-paved routes that have much less traffic. The rear seats are significantly less cumbersome to ride with than either of our trailers. I feel like the Weehoo is the most cumbersome option.

I've also rolled the two-wheel trailer once. We were cornering at speed, and I swerved mid-corner to avoid roadkill. My rear tire hit the trailer arm, instantly flipping the trailer. It woke my daughter from her nap, and she wasn't pleased about that. She was wearing the 5-point harness in the trailer and wasn't injured or traumatized to my knowledge.
OneIsAllYouNeed is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Terms of Service