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    Trailers: Chariot/Burley vs everything else

    My wife and I had our first baby in September, so I'm delving into the Family forum for the first time, a little ignorant about baby biking gear. I plan to use my GT Peace 9er single speed as my baby carrier bike, I guess, mostly for rail train type riding. (My wife will probably ride my old Fisher hardtail beater bike, which leaves the Santa Cruz free as my main bike.)

    I'm leaning toward getting a trailer, and after a cursory look through this forum, all I seem to read about are Chariot and Burley. The other two main players in the US market seem to be Instep and Schwinn. Instep appears to be a plastic wheel $75 piece of garbage that looks like it'll fall apart after a few rides. But I was curious about the Schwinn trailers and whether anyone's had any experience with them? I'll admit, the fact that these are sold at Walmart sort of scare the crap out of me, but I thought I'd throw the question out there - Has anyone tried these? Are they junk? Or what is it about Chariot/Burley that makes them so much better? Is there any other brand I'm missing that sub $400? Thanks.

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    For various reasons we had a schwinn and a chariot.

    My kid (who started riding in the trailer at 1) did not like the schwinn trailer at all. When he was old enough to talk, he was able to verbalize his grievances.. very uncomfortable seatbelt and rough ride, as well as awkward headrest with a helmet on. He's logged about 2,000 km in the chariot, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

    We kijiji'ed the schwinn by the time his little sister arrived, so I have no second opinion available.

    My nephew seems happy enough in his MEC-branded trailer, but they are pretty much Canada-only.
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    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!

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    Oops, link didn't work. Sorry about that, we're too young on this site to post links!

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    Ummmm, with all due respect, I'm looking for consumer feedback, not manufacturer's propaganda. You may want to discuss with Gregg or Francois the proper channels for advertising on this site.

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    Hi Jons, I purchased a Chariot CX1 recently for my 9 mos old and am completely in love with it. Its pretty pricey but with the additions of an "infant kit" to keep my son safer and snug in his seat really is a plus especially when they doze off during rides. The infant kit has additional cushioned head protection on each side of your childs head, which they can rest on when sleepy, and keeps his head inline with his body. This along with the adjustable suspension offered on the mid and higher level models was a bonus. They look extremely cool as well not that this matters to most, but ive gotten more than a fair share of comments from plenty of passers by. I feel the materials and attention to detail is at a high standard, safety is top notch and the way it folds up makes it SUPER easy to transport. I love mine.

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    I went the cheap route last summer, less than $100. I bought a slightly used instep ez-(something?). The trailer has spoked wheels and looks just like the schwinn trailer. I use this trailer on paved rail/trail and put 2 kids inside (60 lbs). So far I've put approx. 400 mi on the trailer. I'll just note a few short comings.

    I upgraded the 16" tires to high pressure (Kenda kwest). The trailer is rougher for the kids but, they love it. More speed and bumps means more fun. Another thing I was not happy with is the bearing they use for the wheels. Two sealed bearings per wheel that look like they belong on a wheel barrow. They were a royal pain to grease this winter. I'm looking for some real, sealed bearings.

    One last thing, I pull this trailer with a GT Passage (26" hybrid) set up as a pseudo mtb.

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    That's for the input guys.

    I've been keeping an eye on Craigslist as well, and just today picked up an older Burley D'Lite for $200. I thought it was a decent score.
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    I've been using a Croozer 535 for our two girls for nearly two years. It's survived well riding in torrential rain (wet/dry tropics), fits a decent amount of gear in the back, and it's got seperated bucket seats with good harnesses. Don't know if it's available where you are, but for me it was a good compromise between the cheapies and the Chariots at around AUD700. It also comes complete with stroller and jogger wheels, which the Chariot doesn't (you have to buy them separately). It doesn't have suspension like the fancier Chariots, but I don't take it off road and my area is pretty welI served with a good network of bike paths that take us to the library, museum, water park, beach etc. It's given pretty good service so far (nearly 300km).Edit: that should read '3000km'!!
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    chariot's site no longer lists the sidecarrier, am I lost or has anyone heard whether it's been cancelled?
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    A newborn, congratulations! My daughter is coming up on 12 this June.

    All those years ago we were looking at a Burley or Trek trailer. I ruled out the other trailers for two reasons-they weren't using bicycle hubs on the wheels and they didn't work on all my bikes. I have a lot of bikes.

    In the end I chose the Trek for a few reasons. It is easy to fold up. The wheels are QR hubs and the wife can work with that. The hitch is a longer QR that goes in the bike and holds a receiver for the trailer. This was the nicest feature. While I picked up a second receiver just in case, it switches from bike to bike as quickly and easily as removing any quick release. There were any number of rides where the wife would start out pulling the trailer and I'd have to pull it the rest of the ride.

    We did crash test it once. Well, I did once. I routinely pulled the trailer on 30-60 mile road rides with groups of other racers. One ride was hilly enough I was dropped and once the wife caught up we rode together with a few other friends. On a slight downhill I was coasting at about 40 mph and there was a wash-board section that was unavoidable. The trailer was bouncing up and down, from left wheel to right wheel enough that it flipped on its side. I managed to slow down enough before the L-corner at the bottom that when we went off the road and into the ditch we were only going 5 mph. The trailer fell on me with my daughter strapped into the 5-point harness still wearing her helmet... and screaming bloody murder.

    Other than a slight tear in the fabric on a roll bar the trailer was fine. The daughter was another story. She was pissed. She wanted to walk home but we were easily 25 miles from the car. Trying to negotiate with a toddler must be like being at the UN. Eventually we got her back in and mom pulled her for a few miles before we realized it would be dark very soon. So we talked her into letting me pull again and we made it back slightly after dark.

    She was back in the trailer the next day as though nothing had happened.

    So about your trailer options. While Burley is the the industry standard, when I was looking 11 years ago their trailer hadn't changed since the first one I saw in the early 1990's. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's a solid design. I like the Trek because it worked with any bike with a QR. While I didn't have a carbon bike at the time, it will work with one and not come in contact with the carbon. I tried borrowing a trailer from a riding buddy but it wouldn't work with my Cannondale, Seven, or most of my other bikes because of the way the seat and chain stays join at the dropout.

    This is the next version of Trek trailer "the Gobug" and I see that Trek doesn't make trailers anymore. Trek Sport Gobug Trailer - Penn Cycle for Bikes. Trek, Gary Fisher, Cervelo, Haro, Electra

    A quick phone call later, it sounds like the Burley has a QR-based receiver now.
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    We bought this Croozer 525 (which is probably identical to something else and just rebadged) about a year ago and its really awesome. Nice spoked wheels, rolls great, strong thick fabric, flexible arm, kids seats stay separate without them sagging to the middle good, sized "trunk" for stuff, I could go on. I want to say we paid $299 for it a year ago from Amazon, so either it was on sale or the price has gone way up. I'd but it again even at $400...

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    (For some reason it looks pink on Amazon. Its definitely not pink, but rather a deep, normal red.)

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    Can we rename this thread "The grand bicycle trailer thread"
    I've got my 6 and 9 year old girls and had a Schwinn trailer that survived both girls, but I sold it a few years ago... Now we're having another baby, so I am in the market for one again.
    Got some time to shop around, but was very happy with that one... except the cloth floor. Once they were stepping into it on their own, it started sagging a lot. Also wish there was a brake on it when using as a stroller, and that is had a cup holder near the handlebar. I jerry-rigged a cup holder onto it, which worked OK.

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    Im in the market for one also for my 2.5 yr old but cant afford a burley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FromBackEast View Post
    Im in the market for one also for my 2.5 yr old but cant afford a burley.
    Check your LBS and see if they have a bulletin board with used bikes and trailers. Some do or know of folks with them for sale. Other options are craigslist, your local paper (which may have on-line classified ads) and you could resort to posting a "wanted to buy" ad.

    The problem with Burleys and brands that did a decent job designing and manufacturing a trailer is that they hold their value. Unless the trailer wasn't cared for they hold up pretty well even after 10 years of use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered View Post
    The problem with Burleys and brands that did a decent job designing and manufacturing a trailer is that they hold their value. Unless the trailer wasn't cared for they hold up pretty well even after 10 years of use.
    Yup... I sold our Chariot Cougar 1 for almost what we paid for it. We had it for a little over 2 years. It lasted 1 day on Craigslist and I had a list of people with dibs on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered View Post
    Check your LBS and see if they have a bulletin board with used bikes and trailers. Some do or know of folks with them for sale. Other options are craigslist, your local paper (which may have on-line classified ads) and you could resort to posting a "wanted to buy" ad.
    +1. Here's the Burley D'Lite I ended up with from Craigslist.. It's Burley's old frame model, so it's pre-2003/2004, but still in nearly perfect condition. The little dinguses are still on the tires, so it's doubtful it saw much use. Seeing as how my boy is only 6 1/2 months, I'm just strapping his carseat into the trailer and going for easy rides on asphalt.
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    Can we rename this thread "The grand bicycle trailer thread".
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    I have a Burley D'Lite and I love it!!! Worth every penny. Most importantly my 3 year old and 1 year old love it.

    If you're on a budget they sell the basic Burley Bee for $279. Basic Burley but I'd take that anyway over a POS Instep.

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    +1 for the Burley Bee. We like it far better than the Schwinn we started with. From design to construction it s better in every way. And you'll get at least 50% of your purchase price back when you sell it

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    Burley

    They really do hold their value so you can get a good portion of your investment back.

    Our local bike shop sells both Burley and Chariot. All of their techs recommended Burley so that's what we got. Not a single regret!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonz View Post
    +1. Here's the Burley D'Lite I ended up with from Craigslist.. It's Burley's old frame model, so it's pre-2003/2004, but still in nearly perfect condition. The little dinguses are still on the tires, so it's doubtful it saw much use. Seeing as how my boy is only 6 1/2 months, I'm just strapping his carseat into the trailer and going for easy rides on asphalt.

    I don't think I can, the thread's too old to edit the title. Need a Mod to do it.
    The model you have appears to be a 2004-2006 model.

    The frame style changed for 2007-2009.

    And the current 2012 style wasintroduced in 2010.

    There should be a serial number on the trailer. It will tell you the date it was manufactured.

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    chariot.

    well worth the money.

    plus, i dont know if things are different, but burley used to not work with disc breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed View Post
    chariot.

    well worth the money.

    plus, i dont know if things are different, but burley used to not work with disc breaks.

    I have disc brakes on my Cannondale CX2 and I have no problems with my Burley.

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    I got an Instep a few years ago, and I've used it several times recently carrying my son and my nephew. It's decent, and it didn't cost that much.

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    Anyone in search of a Burley DLite? We just got one as a gift so we now have 2!!!

    Excellent barely used condition. All original components.

    Prefer local pick up in Hampton Roads or Washington DC.

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    How does the hitch attachment work? I have quick release axles, I think they're 9mm. My bike also has disc brakes, but my wife's has rim brakes.

    Also, I'm planning to take the trailer on gravel roads. Not full on single track, but still rougher than concrete or asphalt. For this reason I've been leaning toward a Chariot because of the suspension. Does anybody have feedback on whether the Cougar would be sufficient for this, or whether a Burley would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhall View Post
    How does the hitch attachment work? I have quick release axles, I think they're 9mm. My bike also has disc brakes, but my wife's has rim brakes.

    Also, I'm planning to take the trailer on gravel roads. Not full on single track, but still rougher than concrete or asphalt. For this reason I've been leaning toward a Chariot because of the suspension. Does anybody have feedback on whether the Cougar would be sufficient for this, or whether a Burley would work?
    Burley does pretty well on gravel trails. I have no complaints whatsoever.

    I have disc brakes and have no problems. The hitch stays mounted on the bike like a washer with an extension.

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    Trailers: Chariot/Burley vs everything else-imageuploadedbytapatalk1335678426.532574.jpg

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    Hope that helps!

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    If you will tow on anything bumpy at all, the Chariot suspension system is far superior to anything else on the market. That aside, their trailers are extremely well thought out and designed, and top notch construction. I find niggles with almost every product I own, and am super impressed with our Chariot. They didn't cut a single corner or make any compromises. I've owned Burleys as well as others, and they don't come close to the Chariot. It costs more to make a superior product, and yes, the Chariot cost more. And I'd spend every penny again, because it lets us go places we couldn't go with any other trailer. If you can muster the price of entry it's worth it. If money is too tight there are other decent trailers for sure. I'd put Burley second on the list after the Chariot. Both will also hold their value well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrenEv View Post
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    Same piece I have for my Burley D'Lite for bike with QR and disc brakes. Purchased on Amazon for $22: Amazon.com: Burley Forged Standard Hitch: Quick-Release or Nutted: Sports & Outdoors

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    I used the instep for my daughter and it worked well as a sleeper but When my son came out of the backpack and into the trailer it did not work at all. they just fell into each other and that was disastrous. I got Croozer for around$500, yeah I know, but it was awesome. bigger wheels, bucket seats with 5 point harness, turns into a jogger and stroller and hauls lots of cargo. very good design.

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    I have just started to use my Burley for my 2.5 year old and its great. The only thing I can't figure out is when I need to stop and go back to check on her or adjust the harness I have no way to set my bike down. The connection point to the rear wheel has no flex so doesn't allow me to lay my bike down. If I'm lucky there's a tree close by I can prop up against.

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    Looking for trailers for a 2yo. Started off looking at a Burley D'lite but now considering a Chariot. Should I go with a Couger 1 or Couger 2 for one child? It seems nice to have more space, but a single child has to sit on one side (can't sit in the middle) on the Couger 2. The narrower profile of the Couger 1 makes it more maneuverable and useful as a jogger. But, will it also be more prone to tipping over? Also, is the Chariot CX that much better than the Couger to be $1000? I have to look at the attachments for the bike trailer to make sure they will work on my Jones bike's dropouts
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    We went with the one-seater, even planning to have another kid, because the Chariot2 was just too wide IMO. The original purchase intent was a 20-km daily daycare commute, and avoiding busy sections of road meant passing through pathway gates etc that were already a pretty tight squeeze.

    By the time kid #2 was ready to ride in the trailer, kid #1 had his own bike and intended to ride it (and the long-haul daycare commute was history).

    Didn't like the CX myself, had a lot of expensive accessories that I just saw as dead weight on hills, Cougar was minimalist and light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    We went with the one-seater, even planning to have another kid, because the Chariot2 was just too wide IMO. The original purchase intent was a 20-km daily daycare commute, and avoiding busy sections of road meant passing through pathway gates etc that were already a pretty tight squeeze.

    By the time kid #2 was ready to ride in the trailer, kid #1 had his own bike and intended to ride it (and the long-haul daycare commute was history).

    Didn't like the CX myself, had a lot of expensive accessories that I just saw as dead weight on hills, Cougar was minimalist and light.
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    I recently picked up a Chariot Cougar1. I will probably have to put some slicks or road tires on the Jones if we start riding serious mileage though.
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    Has anyone used a Burley with a bolt on single speed hub? Specifically I've got a White Industries Eno Hub with rim brakes. Can the standard hitch attachment be used with my set up, or does it require a quick release?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveX View Post
    Has anyone used a Burley with a bolt on single speed hub? Specifically I've got a White Industries Eno Hub with rim brakes. Can the standard hitch attachment be used with my set up, or does it require a quick release?
    I haven't tried towing my Burley with the SS yet, but I don't see why it would be a problem, so long as your threaded axle is long enough to allow you to mount the hitch receiver behind the axle nut. Here's a link to all of Burley's hitch configurations, go to page 10 for bolt on SS LINK

    I tried the "Classic Hitch" contraption on all three of my bikes (all have disc brakes) and it didn't come close to fitting on any of them. IIRC, it was not only the caliper that was a problem, but also that the rear triangle geometry made it impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    We went with the one-seater, even planning to have another kid, because the Chariot2 was just too wide IMO. The original purchase intent was a 20-km daily daycare commute, and avoiding busy sections of road meant passing through pathway gates etc that were already a pretty tight squeeze.

    By the time kid #2 was ready to ride in the trailer, kid #1 had his own bike and intended to ride it (and the long-haul daycare commute was history).

    Didn't like the CX myself, had a lot of expensive accessories that I just saw as dead weight on hills, Cougar was minimalist and light.
    If you are only going to use it as a bike trailer, then the Cougar will do. If you plan on jogging or running, then the CX is the way to go. I borrowed a Cougar before I bought mine, and when running down a hill, it was hard to slow myself down, plus the weight of a baby and the stroller. I bought mine with the intent to use it 90% running and 10% bike, so having rear brakes was worth the weight. The seat fabric on the XC is much nicer and the side windows can be removed for better airflow.

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    I'm a fan of the Chariot - we have the Cougar model, and it's held up well, is relatively compact, and is well made. Lots of nice touches - and I'm nerdily impressed by the reflective and the GLOW in the DARK panels. So cool!

    Best of all, it appears to be quite sturdy. How do I know? Well, I flipped my 2-year old in it while on some singletrack. I was riding slow, but must have hit a root or rock just wrong, combined with the perfect incline, and probably the leaf suspension of the trailer, which gave it a little extra rebound. It was a slow topple, but I was surprised at the fact that it went over. Daughter was shaken / stirred, but not at all hurt, thankfully - the harness did its job of keeping her nicely centered in the cage. My guess is that rooty east coast singletrack is not recommended terrain with these trailers.

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    ^^^ Haha, back in the day I one-wheeled it around a tight corner on the road and got an earful from the 2-year-old occupant for going "way too fast" and almost tipping over.

    Of course, now that he's riding his own bike, he dives into corners like a complete lunatic, and thinks that dad's safety advice is the lamest thing ever.
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    Another vote for the Burley. IMO you get what you pay for so I avoided the junk department store brands. I wanted a quality, safe, lightweight, quick connect, 2 seater, and at a reasonable price. So I went to craigslist and bought a used Burley for $100 about 7 years ago. Now the trailer is at least 12 years old and the only problem is a spot of worn fabric reinforced with duct tape. I've fallen over 1x and the trailer stays upright and is very stable at 25mph about the fastest I reach with the kids. I did not want a trailer/jogging stroller combo because I prefer a specific trailer and a specific running stroller so we avoided the Chariot and opted for the used Burley and a BOB stroller. We use the trailer and jogger so often that I didn't want to spend time converting them. I have no regrets about the decisions and they are both used weekly. I would also consider a Schwinn and Chariot.

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    We tried/tested a number of trailers including the Chariot and ended up with the ToutTerrain SingleTrailer. We ride a lot and the Singletrailer has proven to be worth every penny. It has been amazing what you can still ride with it. Our daughter also really likes it.

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    So we have a Chariot Cougar1, really like the trailer as does my daughter, for me what makes it nice is
    • Suspension which is adjustable depending on child's weight
    • Reflective material
    • The way it folds flat
    • Glow in the dark material

    For us we used the trailer for running and cycling, the hitch is really easy to use and can be switched between all my bikes with a quick release.
    These should be photos of when my daughter was about 6months old, when we first got the trailer.
    First bike ride


    Off for a walk on the beach


    One thing I did do was change the tyres to some with puncture protection (Schwalbe Marathon plus for rear wheels and Big apple for the jogging wheel). Where we use to run was along a canal and there was lots of glass and thorns, both of which seemed to slice through the original tyres like a hot knife through butter . Since doing this I've had no punctures in over 1500miles , could have probably used sealant in the inner tubes to the same effect.
    Would rather be out riding!

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    Chariot Sidecarrier


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    I went with the "Via Velo" trailer from Costco. Right about $199.00 bucks. I'm really impressed with the versatility of having either trailer or jogger/stroller. Tows and from having the wife follow me, tells me its very smooth riding. Took it for a walk downtown Sunday and couldn't believe how light it felt and well balanced and the best part is, my grand-daughter loves riding in it.


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    That is way cool...
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    Chariot Sidecarrier

    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...

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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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    The Burley "Classic Hitch" is not going to be compatible with many bikes that have disc brakes and will also be incapatible with many mountain bikes due to the rear triangle geometry. I couldn't get it to work on any of my bikes. The Burley "Standard Hitch" will work on pretty much any 9mm QR or nutted axle.

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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.

    Thanks a bunch,


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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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!
    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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