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Old 09-01-08, 06:57 PM
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Nashbar Kid Karriage

Does anyone here have experience or an objective review of the Nashbar Kid Karriage? I'd like to pick up a trailer for my 17mo old to ride with me, but don't have much $$. Here's a link: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ild%20Carriers


I'd also love to here alternatives in this price range (under $130 or so). I've searched craigslist, but people seem to think they can get 90% of retail of their thrashed used trailers around here.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:01 PM
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I posted a thread about this after purchasing one early in the summer. We got ours for 80 bucks though. It was a great buy at 80 and I still think a decent buy for what they want now when you consider the expensive alternatives.


One thing though, we haul our miniature schnauzer (her vision is failing), not kids.

I think it will work just fine for you though. It was a snap to assemble also and breaks down easily as well.

So...I recommend it.
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Old 09-03-08, 05:02 AM
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We got one this summer when they were $89, then we waited until there we got 20% off at the same time. So it was super cheap for us. For that price, it's worked out just fine. It's an okay size, and attaches to and detaches from the host bike pretty easily. Our littlest child had just turned 4, so we won't use it more than maybe another summer with him, so I think going cheap was the right choice. He does complain a bit when the street we're riding on is bumpy, though.
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Old 09-05-08, 06:12 AM
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It's on sale again.
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It's on sale again.
And qualifies for an extra 10% off, very tempting at $80!
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Old 09-06-08, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Ubie View Post
And qualifies for an extra 10% off, very tempting at $80!
It is an excellent buy at $80. No question. I can guarantee you would not be disappointed.
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Old 09-09-08, 11:45 AM
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I bought one on sale a month or so ago. I am very pleased with it. Everything works fine and it shows that they put some thought in the design. It even has a strip to mount a blinkie on the back panel. I don't think you can go wrong with it for the price.
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Thank you all. I just ordered one with the 15% off coupon for my Bichon Frise (she loves to ride on a homemade trailer with me).

Other than a confirmation e-mail, the Nashbar site has no other order update or tracking feature. Is that normal?
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Old 09-12-08, 02:14 AM
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I bought a used Kid Karriage and sold it again for about the same. It is a very nice product but the mount worked very poorly on the bikes I own. It is a clamp composed of rubber covered right angle stock with a bolt with a knob to tighten the two pieces together around the chainstay. The problem is that it requires a fairly large diameter chainstay to work and has tendency to loosen and rotate so that the clamp can touch the spokes.

It was fine for short trips around the block but would loosen up repeatedly on longer rides. Also, the wheels are held by pins which are fixed to the frame with nylon straps. The nylon straps would wrap themselves around the axle making it pretty difficult to remove the pin.

I found a used Burley for about same as a new Kid Karriage which works much better. The wheels are fastened with bicycle quick release axles and the mount is designed to be independant of chainstay diameter and cannot rotate.

The materials that the Kid Karriage is made of is good. No failures in stitching or unusual wear. If I recall correctly, it is aluminum and lighter than many similar products.
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I it requires a fairly large diameter chainstay to work and has tendency to loosen and rotate so that the clamp can touch the spokes.
I haven't had either problem and I connect mine to a steel bike so the chain stay is not very large. Possibly a shim or two could be added if necessary.
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The chainstay is 0.4" in diameter. It does work better if I shift the clamp in the direction of the crank where the chainstay is thicker but then my heel hits the mount. I forgot to mention that the rubber covering the mount parts started to disintegrate which made the problem worse and scratched the paint so I tried wrapping electrical tape around the chainstay to build up the thickness and protect the finish of the bike. I also tried using a section of garden hose cut open lengthwise and placed around the chainstay but the problem remained. I could go for about a mile without problems but for rides of 6-10 miles with the trailer, it did not really work out. For shorter rides a very nice product.

There are comparably priced trailers now from Target that have a mount that attaches to the axle rather than the chainstay and allows a quick release with safety link. The only disadvantage is if the trailer needs is to be used with multiple bikes, then moving the axle mount might take some time.

http://www.target.com/Quick-%E2%80%9.../dp/B00006JHVN
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^^^
Sorry to hear of your problems. I will admit it isn't the best mounting system I've seen.
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