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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Rider View Post
    We've been rocking a (used) sidecar too since our oldest was 1 -- she's now six so our little guy (1) is taking over the sidecar.

    His big sister now rides a trail behind attached at the rear which you can't do with a traditional rear mounted trailer.

    When we were shopping sales folks tried to talk us into a 2 seater saying it would be handy with another kid or for shopping/beer runs with the kiddos) but we made the sidecar work and I like being able to look over (not back) to talk to / check in on my passenger...

    The (circus) bike train looks pretty funny at school pick-up/drop-off, but works great.

    I seem to be getting more play in the connector "male/female" interface but bad enough (yet) to warrent $60 replacement...
    I checked out their site and videos. Pretty cool and worth checking into. I like the idea of being able to talk to my GD while riding.
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    Has anyone mentioned the WIKE?

    At first I didn't want to spend the big bucks and tried unsuccessfully to go the craigslist route for any decent trailer. Then I researched them it seemed like WIKE was the winner and I ordered direct from the manufacturer in Canada. Got the basic Moonlite trailer, was about $300 then, seems it has gone up a bit since, and it's Awesome! Still can fit a 5 year old comfortably and can squeeze a small 7 year old in for short trips too. Folds super easy and never had a problem with it. I recommend the helmet cushion if you have a young rider.

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    Just picked up a like new Chariot Cougar 1 for $200... with jogging and bike attachments! Score! She said they only used it once or twice, and never had it on a bike. Still has all the nipples on the tires!

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    Burley D'lite

    I tow my kids (2 yo & 1yo) in a Burley D'lite. They love it and they look really comfortable. The trailer itself is well built and sturdy. I love that the seatbelts are padded and 3-point harness. My 1 yo usually falls asleep after about 15-20 minutes. That's a testament to it's suspension and comfiness. My only complaint is the parking brake. It does the job, but man does it really dig into the tires. For the price they could have come up with something better.

    I also bought the attachement to turn it into a stroller. Now that was an awesome add-on. I can bike with my kids, unhitch it, drop the stoller wheel down, and TA-DA! it's a double stroller. My kids never have to leave their seat too. Wonderful!

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    Does anyone have any input on how the Burley trailer "hitches" to the parent's bike? I've got a Rockhopper Hardtail I can use as well as I'm in the wait for a 2013 Enduro Evo Expert. I'd like to be able to hook up a bike trailer for my daughter so I can bring her with my wife and I. She's still waaaaay too young to take off the beaten path onto dirt, but for paved paths and the occasional light gravel I'd like to see what you guys would recommend, and the ease of attachment to different kinds of bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHit-Maniac View Post
    Does anyone have any input on how the Burley trailer "hitches" to the parent's bike? I've got a Rockhopper Hardtail I can use as well as I'm in the wait for a 2013 Enduro Evo Expert. I'd like to be able to hook up a bike trailer for my daughter so I can bring her with my wife and I. She's still waaaaay too young to take off the beaten path onto dirt, but for paved paths and the occasional light gravel I'd like to see what you guys would recommend, and the ease of attachment to different kinds of bikes.

    Thanks a bunch,


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    I used to have a chariot cx2 for our 2 kids. It was a great trailer. Picked it up second hand from friends but it was still expensive. I was able to install hitches (similar to the standard burley above) on mine and my wife's bike and we both used it. My daughter grew too big and they began complaining about being squashed in. Pulling the trailer became real hard work as well. I sold it on for about what we paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHit-Maniac View Post
    Does anyone have any input on how the Burley trailer "hitches" to the parent's bike? I've got a Rockhopper Hardtail I can use as well as I'm in the wait for a 2013 Enduro Evo Expert. I'd like to be able to hook up a bike trailer for my daughter so I can bring her with my wife and I. She's still waaaaay too young to take off the beaten path onto dirt, but for paved paths and the occasional light gravel I'd like to see what you guys would recommend, and the ease of attachment to different kinds of bikes.

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    I've been using my Hardrock HT with the standard hitch to tow my kids around in the Burley D'lite. The standard hitch comes with the burley trailer. It works like a charm. It also comes with a safety webbing that also hitches between the bike and trailer.

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    The Burley classic hitch works fine on my old 26" hardtail beater. It also fits my Trek HiFi Pro full suspension with disc brakes. HOWEVER, the 10+ year old Burley 2 seater trailer does not work on my Trek HiFi Pro because it is a 29er. The rear wheel rubs the font of the trailer. I'm not sure if newer trailers still have this issue or not, but mine does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikes&berries View Post
    Has anyone mentioned the WIKE?

    At first I didn't want to spend the big bucks and tried unsuccessfully to go the craigslist route for any decent trailer. Then I researched them it seemed like WIKE was the winner and I ordered direct from the manufacturer in Canada. Got the basic Moonlite trailer, was about $300 then, seems it has gone up a bit since, and it's Awesome! Still can fit a 5 year old comfortably and can squeeze a small 7 year old in for short trips too. Folds super easy and never had a problem with it. I recommend the helmet cushion if you have a young rider.
    My wife and I picked up a Wike double this past spring at our local bike show. Our 18 month old son loves going for rides in it and there's loads of space in it. We got the helmet cushion as well which helps keep his head up.

    They have been a great company to deal with. I met some of their staff at the Toronto bike show and they walked me through the different models they had and showed how easy they were to use. It's also great knowing that they're local (about an hour away) and their show special sealed the deal.

    Since we got it, I've run into other families with them and they all have nothin but praise for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikes&berries View Post
    Has anyone mentioned the WIKE?

    At first I didn't want to spend the big bucks and tried unsuccessfully to go the craigslist route for any decent trailer. Then I researched them it seemed like WIKE was the winner and I ordered direct from the manufacturer in Canada. Got the basic Moonlite trailer, was about $300 then, seems it has gone up a bit since, and it's Awesome! Still can fit a 5 year old comfortably and can squeeze a small 7 year old in for short trips too. Folds super easy and never had a problem with it. I recommend the helmet cushion if you have a young rider.
    Those 5 and 7 year olds better be riding their on bikes if you want to hang with this crowd! J/K

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    Joining the conversation late:

    I am looking for a trailer, two seater. I really like the Trek ones, albeit they no longer make them, but there seem to be quite a few still with dealers, alas NOS.

    However, I am a bit lost with respect to the product lines, top of line, entry level etc, can anyone help?

    Does the GoBug superseed the Doodlebug or were they avalaible at the same time?
    Is there a nice illustration of the models by year?

    Thanks in advance

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    recently picked up a Burley Honeybee @ performance for 319, normally 399, hooked it up to my wahoo and off me and my daughter went towing my 3yr old behind us, she was asleep about 10min into the ride ;/

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    We have Chariot Cougar 2. Really like it. Easy to convert from stroller into bike trailer. It's comfortable for the kids. Looks like they are on sale at Amazon right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelzbycks View Post
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    That just looks awesome!!

    We went with the Burley D'lite off CL. It was a 2004 - 2006 model.
    We even picked up an older model Burley D'lite for Grandma's house.

    I think the used Burley's off of CL are the way to go instead of the
    cheaper Instep or Schwinn trailers at walmart or target.

    Will most likely always get 70-80% of your money back when you sell it anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxnik View Post
    We have Chariot Cougar 2. Really like it. Easy to convert from stroller into bike trailer. It's comfortable for the kids. Looks like they are on sale at Amazon right now.

    Chariot Cougar 2
    If you can, go to one of the REI used gear sales. We just picked up a used Chariot Cougar 2 for $179, with the jogger front wheel (straight, doesn't turn). This thing looks so new, it's unbelieveavable. Apparently, they just bought at the end of last year, and returned it when the bicycle hitch attachment was recalled. We still have to buy the hitch attachment and helmets for the kids. It's really tough finding small helmets that fit!

    I'm looking forward to pulling our 1 year old twins behind our tandem!
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200 View Post
    It's really tough finding small helmets that fit!
    You might want to look at the Specialized Small Fry Toddler, this was the smallest one we could find. Though we didn't use the helmet when my daughter was very small and in the sling. She is using it now though and has been since about 18months old (now two). Before that we had the extra support in which supports the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200 View Post
    If you can, go to one of the REI used gear sales. We just picked up a used Chariot Cougar 2 for $179, with the jogger front wheel (straight, doesn't turn). This thing looks so new, it's unbelieveavable. Apparently, they just bought at the end of last year, and returned it when the bicycle hitch attachment was recalled. We still have to buy the hitch attachment and helmets for the kids. It's really tough finding small helmets that fit!

    I'm looking forward to pulling our 1 year old twins behind our tandem!
    That's an awesome deal on the Chariot.
    I buy helmets for 1 year old kids at walmart.

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    Bought our Cougar 2; love it! I can now see why it costs a small fortune!

    I will post some pics next time we go out.

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    Picture from the first trip out, road run along Reforma pulled by my Orange R8 mountain bike. Although yet to try it, I would have thought it would content with minor off road/trails.



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    Check the model year

    The Burley's certainly, and the Chariot's to a lesser degree, have changed a lot over the years. make sure you check that the used or close-out model you are looking at has the features you want.

    As a parent, trailer owner and former trailer salesperson my opinion is this:

    Get a trailer with suspension. (if you don't see why, try riding down a bumpy road on a 20" bike with your feet off the pedals and 20lbs helmet)

    Get a trailer with a 'scoop' for the rear of the helmet

    Keep the tires soft, like 7 psi or so

    Check that is will attach to the bikes you want it to.

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    If you could get a used chariot cougar 1 with all accessories (infant sling, bike trailer kit, jogging kit) $395
    Giant Peapod duo $300 new or Croozer kid $395 new which would you guys recommend?

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    I used a chariot 2 for my two daughters. I was initially attracted to the idea of the modular accessories but in retrospect I dont think I would highly reccommend a chariot. They are so rediculiously expensive that you could likely buy a decent dedicated bike carrier and seperate jogger for less than the cost of chariot + kits. In comparison to other carriers, the chariot is quite heavy and self-limits the rides you can even do with it. The leaf-spring suspension, even on the lightest setting is quite stiff and I dont think it provides any meaningfull suspension benefit to the kid for anything but really rough trail riding at high speed, certainly not needed for asphalt biking. I also had a ski-kit for my chariot, used it a fair amount even though sking with it is so slow/hard that it is fairly unpleasant. The design of the ski-attachment allows the chariot to pivot in relation to the skis, I found this annoying since the chariot (and kid) were not level anytime I took-off the waste belt tow harness. I used a similar ski-carrier (homemade from another lightweight bike trailer) that had the skis fixed to the carrier and had a pivot at the ends of the tow bars where they attached to the carrier, much better placement for the pivot so the kid always stays level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayJay View Post
    I used a chariot 2 for my two daughters. I was initially attracted to the idea of the modular accessories but in retrospect I dont think I would highly reccommend a chariot. They are so rediculiously expensive that you could likely buy a decent dedicated bike carrier and seperate jogger for less than the cost of chariot + kits. In comparison to other carriers, the chariot is quite heavy and self-limits the rides you can even do with it. The leaf-spring suspension, even on the lightest setting is quite stiff and I dont think it provides any meaningfull suspension benefit to the kid for anything but really rough trail riding at high speed, certainly not needed for asphalt biking. I also had a ski-kit for my chariot, used it a fair amount even though sking with it is so slow/hard that it is fairly unpleasant. The design of the ski-attachment allows the chariot to pivot in relation to the skis, I found this annoying since the chariot (and kid) were not level anytime I took-off the waste belt tow harness. I used a similar ski-carrier (homemade from another lightweight bike trailer) that had the skis fixed to the carrier and had a pivot at the ends of the tow bars where they attached to the carrier, much better placement for the pivot so the kid always stays level.
    That's all fair, but I'd like to offer a counter-argument. I've had a Chariot double trailer (CX, I think. can't remember) for about 3 years now and its been nothing but fabulous. Its held up to all the abuse my kids have thrown at it. The suspension works fine, if its set up properly for the kids' weight. Running lower psi in the tires helps too. I've never used the running or skiing kit, but we use the stroller kit (the shopping cart wheels on Lance Armstrong-sized steriods) ALL the time. The stroller wheels go on upside down when you're biking. When you get to the store/mall/musuem/park/zoo/etc, you detach the hitch, flip the stroller wheels into place, and - PRESTO - you have a very manuverable two-kid stroller. Although its a little wide for some indoor applications, it's no worse than a double BOB stroller. When we bought it, the Chariot had the simplest and most elegant trailer-to-stroller transformation going. There might be other options now, I don't know. I would definitely recommend that Chariot to anyone in the market for a child trailer. Get one used or on sale, though. They are pricey (but worth it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie_b View Post
    That just looks awesome!!

    We went with the Burley D'lite off CL. It was a 2004 - 2006 model.
    We even picked up an older model Burley D'lite for Grandma's house.

    I think the used Burley's off of CL are the way to go instead of the
    cheaper Instep or Schwinn trailers at walmart or target.

    Will most likely always get 70-80% of your money back when you sell it anyway!
    I actually had a Schwinn (bought at bike shop) and it was a very good trailer. Survived many miles pulling my two girls. Sold it thinking I was done with babies. Now have a new baby, and picked up a Burley this past summer.

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    I've decided to buy a Burley d'lite for my twins. I'm trying to decide between a 2009 that's been used less than 5 times for $200, a new 2012 close-out for $400, or a new 2013 model. I don't know much about the 2009 model, but it's practically brand new. I'm not crazy about the 2013 price, but I'm drawn to the new features below. Any advice on which year/model to choose? Is it worth the extra money for the features below? Would the 2009 be just as good? Or would you go the middle of the road?

    - Easy fold frame latches
    - Wheel Activated Suspension
    - Seat clips for easy removal of the seat
    - Adjustable active suspension
    - Retractable sunshade

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    In my indecision, the 2009 sold. So I'm down to the 2012 close-out or a 2013 model.

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    I'm in the same boat as you, just as unsure and wish the new one didn't cost so much!

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    Hi chidoc,
    Since my twins are so young, I have absolutely NO time to drive all over the place looking at used bike trailers. Also most are selling w/in a couple of hours on Craigslist...in MN...in Feb (middle of winter here!). So I opted for the Burley d'lite 2012 close-out model on Amazon for $400. We'll be using it for 4-5 years and will sell on CL when our kids have outgrown it.

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    I just purchased a Burley Bee but my bike has a 142+x12mm thru-axle and the mount is not compatible with my bike. Have any of you with a Burley encounter this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApertureF1 View Post
    I just purchased a Burley Bee but my bike has a 142+x12mm thru-axle and the mount is not compatible with my bike. Have any of you with a Burley encounter this problem?
    I have the same thru-axle setup with a burley trailer. Let me know if you come up with anything.

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    Bike trailer

    I have a GT series 1 bike and all the reviews I keep reading about trailers say that they are hard to fit with trailers. Any info would be great on the best trailer for my bike. Thanks.

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    Trailers: Chariot/Burley vs everything else-canon-camera-369.jpgWe bought a instep about six years ago and it has been great for us.. We carried two kids in it on many trips. One thing I love is the wheels come off and it folds flat for easy storage/transport. Nothing has ever broken, the only sign of wear is on the nylon and that is because I left it exposed while whipping down the highway. Best part I paid about $25 for it new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burley Trailers View Post
    Hi Jonz. Saw your post. Here's a quick piece of info on what separates Burley from the others - ****************GE6hrl If you have any questions, we'd love to help!
    Props to you guys for being reps on the site!!!

    Now question for you....We bought a Burley years ago. But we later replaced it after 2 years.and have been wondering a few things. It color faded really fast due to not being vinyl and not polyester and eventually tore all over. And the thing stuck out on the left side. I always felt strange. Has either of these issues for us been addressed? W still have te Burley....I use it as a utility trailer!

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    We use a Croozer 737 for our daughter. Croozer and Chariot are from the same place. A little heavy but very stable especially when taking long bendy high speed sweeps. If you keep these high-end trailers away from the sun's uv rays, it will keep it's color. The amazing thing about these trailers are their second-hand value. Picture of my set up:
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    I went with the chariot cougar 1, and a cougar 2(for sale if interested) we loved them, my son can now ride on his own at 4.5 so we don't need the double anymore.

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    I rented a Burely a few times and liked it. I ended up buying a Chariot Cheetah 2 for cheap on Ebay because of all the attachments you could get for it. My son absolutely loves it! I don't think you can go wrong either way, both are really well built.

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    We go everywhere with our little girl in the Chariot! She loves it. Trailers: Chariot/Burley vs everything else-image.jpg

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    We love our Chariot Cougar!! Its the single one, but I'd get another double if I had two kids.
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    I have a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old. My brother has a 2 year old. We both have Surly Big Dummies and love them.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/76825897" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/76825897">Thanksgiving 2013 - Hazel, Thomas, and Callum on the big dummies.</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user6426965">adam roberts</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    The only real downside of the cargo bike is when it gets really cold. When it is below about -5C, we put them in our chariot cougar2. (Which has a ski attachment to tow behind the fat bikes too!)

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    Sorry if this is too late. For 2 wheeled trailers, I won't recommend anything but a Cycletote. I was initially hesitant to buy one I found at a craigslist garage sale because it looked so plain that I thought it was cheap. I was wrong and it was a steal at the $50 or $60 we negotiated to. The mounting system is just awesome, as is the build quality and versatility. New, they aren't cheap but they aren't outrageous either.

    I'm not sure how easy they are to get as they are built in Fort Collins, CO as a smaller company. (I live there when I bought mine.) I am sure a Google search would answer that question - it is worth the time.

    Just a note that there is stroller conversion kit, while it functionally works it isn't that great in use. We bought a double BoB instead for the kiddos.

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    Cool video! I think the dummy is our next adventure bike.


    Quote Originally Posted by carbontubulars View Post
    I have a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old. My brother has a 2 year old. We both have Surly Big Dummies and love them.

    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/76825897" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> from adam roberts on Vimeo.


    The only real downside of the cargo bike is when it gets really cold. When it is below about -5C, we put them in our chariot cougar2. (Which has a ski attachment to tow behind the fat bikes too!)

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    Good thread.

    I was looking for a trailer for my now 4 month old (to be used next summer).

    Friends recommended the Chariot brand but I got sticker shock.

    Discovered that Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) in Canada sells rebadged Croozer's (737 and 535).

    MEC Child Trailer Double - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    MEC Child Trailer Single - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    Cheaper than the Croozer price and readily available.

    I then checked Kijiji/Craigslist and am picking up a barely used one for less than 50% of the original cost.

    I will probably be able to use it for a few years and sell it for what I paid.
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    What are the off-road capabilities of these various trailers like? From what I can gather, only the Chariots have any form of suspension which would seem to indicate the rest are not suited to anything rougher than gravel trails. Any feedback would be awesome!

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    What are the off-road capabilities of these various trailers like? From what I can gather, only the Chariots have any form of suspension which would seem to indicate the rest are not suited to anything rougher than gravel trails. Any feedback would be awesome!
    I've taken my Burley on asphalt, gravel, cinder, and dirt over various farm/forest roads and MUT doubletrack. But the surface needs to be hardpacked and smooth.
    Where you have to be careful is with abrupt obstacles and transitions: roots, sticks/logs, potholes, uneven road-to-bridge transitions, etc. You have to REALLY slow down for these or it will rattle the hell out of the trailer.

    One other thing so keep in mind is dust. My kids hate having the plastic rainfly down. I always just have the insect screen down. If you're off road and the trails are really dry, the kids are going to be choking down dust regardless of how good the trailer suspension is.

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    Trailers: Chariot/Burley vs everything else

    Last summer on a group outing over forest service roads that included some rough sections, a friend (Friend 1) rode behind my Chariot CX setup and another friend's (Friend 2) Burley setup. Friend 1 commented that the difference in suspension and bounce effect on kiddos was dramatic when observed from behind. The Burley kids got bounced all over the place. (Think covered wagon vs Humvee). That experience cemented her decision to get a Chariot for her own kiddos.

    One of the things I like about the Chariot leaf spring suspension (same principle as used on cars) is that it is easily adjustable, without tools, for optimum cush for different weight ranges or different surface conditions (smooth road vs bumpy dirt). Just as my wife and I need different suspension settings on our FS bikes (she is tiny and I'm...medium), so does a trailer with two 40 lb kids vs one 20 lb kiddo. Easy cheesy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trusty Steed View Post
    What are the off-road capabilities of these various trailers like? From what I can gather, only the Chariots have any form of suspension which would seem to indicate the rest are not suited to anything rougher than gravel trails. Any feedback would be awesome!
    IMO these two-wheeled trailers are meant for gravel smoother paths with occasional roots and ruts only. Best be mindful of the child's head and neck any rougher than that. For rougher terrain we should consider a trailer with baby-seat cushioning and head support. Cabin protection is quite ordinary for Croozer and Chariots alike. The child will get thrown a little regardless of the harness.

    If you really want to go singletrack riding etc with a trailer then Tout Terrain or Cavery Cab is the best way to go. At least the single-wheel is taking the same line as your bike. This should minimize having the trailer's wheel caught in roots, ruts and whatever else. Wouldn't want the trailer to anchor on something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbRevolution View Post
    IMO these two-wheeled trailers are meant for gravel smoother paths with occasional roots and ruts only. Best be mindful of the child's head and neck any rougher than that. For rougher terrain we should consider a trailer with baby-seat cushioning and head support. Cabin protection is quite ordinary for Croozer and Chariots alike. The child will get thrown a little regardless of the harness.

    If you really want to go singletrack riding etc with a trailer then Tout Terrain or Cavery Cab is the best way to go. At least the single-wheel is taking the same line as your bike. This should minimize having the trailer's wheel caught in roots, ruts and whatever else. Wouldn't want the trailer to anchor on something.
    Thanks for the thoughts.

    I have been somewhat underwhelmed by the design of most of these trailers, as most would appear incapable of properly handling anything more than gravel paths as you have suggested.

    Although the single-wheel trailers seem to offer some advantages, the main problem is that the Tout Terrain and Cavery Cab only seem capable of carrying one child. I already have a child seat for our first child, and the reason why I am looking at trailers is so that I can transport both children.

    Do you think the two-wheel trailers are inherently limited by their width or could they be suited to off-road use with a better suspension setup?

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    Yes, a two wheeled trailer, even if it had superduper top-of-the-line offroad suspension, is going to be limited by width to at least double track and you'd still want the trail a bit wider so you could pick a line. You might be able to get away with singletrack if the ground is clear and relatively level on either side of the trail. That would require being familiar with the trail beforehand (which always a good idea when biking with kids anyway). And your kid is still going to be eating dust, regardless of the suspension.

    The suspension on the Chariot seems to work best on roads - like a car suspension (as already mentioned). It does fine on dirt roads and fire trails too. I tried it on singletrack once. The kids got quite bounced around, but had a good time anyway. They were little sugar cookies back there, all covered in a fine layer of dirt. We don't do that too often. However, the trailer itself held up just fine. Its very sturdy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Yes, a two wheeled trailer, even if it had superduper top-of-the-line offroad suspension, is going to be limited by width to at least double track and you'd still want the trail a bit wider so you could pick a line. You might be able to get away with singletrack if the ground is clear and relatively level on either side of the trail. That would require being familiar with the trail beforehand (which always a good idea when biking with kids anyway). And your kid is still going to be eating dust, regardless of the suspension.

    The suspension on the Chariot seems to work best on roads - like a car suspension (as already mentioned). It does fine on dirt roads and fire trails too. I tried it on singletrack once. The kids got quite bounced around, but had a good time anyway. They were little sugar cookies back there, all covered in a fine layer of dirt. We don't do that too often. However, the trailer itself held up just fine. Its very sturdy.
    Really appreciate the feedback! I'd agree the width is always going to be an issue, regardless of suspension for the two-wheel trailers. However I would be interested to know how the single-wheel options go on singletrack with the increased turning circle? Granted the two-wheel trailers will have this problem too. Perhaps singletrack simply isn't feasible with a trailer and I will need to stick with wider paths

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