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Offline Oberon

Trailer for kids
« on: September 06, 2010, 09:06:27 am »
Hello all!

I am pregnant with my first and I am looking for advice on a good trailer.  Also, what is the earliest age you can put a child in a trailer?


Offline whittierider

Re: Trailer for kids
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2010, 02:34:34 pm »
The July '02 issue of Bicycling magazine had a very brief review of 8 child trailers.  Although that's 8 years ago, I'm sure the field of child trailers doesn't change very quickly, so this may still have some value as a starting point.

The four top ones were the
Yakima Caddy Yak (five-chainring rating, $425,,
Burley D'Lite (4.5 chainrings, $429,,
Wike Moonlite (4.5 chainrings, $269,, and
Chariot Cougar 2 (3.5 chainrings, $400,, in that order.

The four bottom ones, all of which tipped over more easily according to the comments, were the
Trek Transit Deluxe ($449),
Instep Turbo Elite ($300),
Cycletote ($455), and
Kool-Stop Papoose Caboose (only a two-chainring rating, and costing $295). 

Of the top four, all having 20" wheels and easy or very easy assembly:
Yakima: 27.5 pounds, aluminum frame, chainstay hitch, 25"-wide seat, $100 stroller kit.  Harness has nice chest patch for comfort; good leg room; big side windows; safety light.

Burley: 20.25 pounds, aluminum frame, chainstay hitch, 20"-wide seat, $99 stroller kit.  Sliding mesh pockets for easy toy access; good visibility and ventilation; curved frame sides give kids elbow room.

Wike Moonlite: 22.5 pounds, aluminum and chrom-moly frame, skewer hitch, 22"-wide seat, hitch reverses to stroller arm.  Easiest to assemble and convert to stroller; big windows, lots of leg room; noisy plastic floor, smallish cargo space, separate from kid area; includes two bike hitches.

Chariot: 25.5 pounds, aluminum frame, skewer hitch, 21"-wide seat, $40 stroller kit.  Sporty, compact look; separate cargo space with external pockets; adjustable suspension; tracking a little jerky; accommodates children under one year as stroller.

Also, what is the earliest age you can put a child in a trailer?

I believe they're supposed to be able to hold their head up with a helmet on.

Offline BrianW

Re: Trailer for kids
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 02:05:02 pm »
We had our son in a Burley Solo at about 6 months. I rigged up (very securely) an infant carrier hard-shell seat in the trailer to give him a comfy ride. Mind you, we only rode on bike trails with good surfaces with him in that setup. Officially they are supposed to be able to hold their head up.

We have owned two Burley Solos and  have been very pleased with them (one got damaged when shipping it back from Europe after a vacation so we bought a new one). If you only have one child, I highly recommend getting a single-seater trailer. Much easier to deal with due to the more narrow width. We looked very seriously at the Chariot line but ended up with the Burley because it was lighter and had more storage room behind the seat (the Chariot had almost none). Very necessary when you are hauling around a kid and all the necessary accessories!