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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by stosh, Jan 23, 2008.
Who's got them?
Any suggestions on one to buy?
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We have a Burley Solo and it's GREAT.
I've got one that we purchased from Nashbar. It's the Nashbar branded yellow and blue model. Sarah really likes riding in it. Only thing I'd really like to change about it is the way it attaches to the bike. This one clamps to the chain stay. Clamp is huge and cumbersome and sometimes my shoe hits it. I'd rather have one that attaches to the rear axle/QR.
What age did you first put Syd in it?
It is recommended that they be a year old. If you are going to make em wear a helmet then that is a pretty good recommendation as they need to have sufficient neck muscles to hold it up.
I have a yakima trailer(quit making them).
Trek Doddle bugs, many different models with different bells and whistles, all are a great, safe, and easy to assemble/install product
Yeah I was figuring she would be about 13months old when I wanted to start using it.
We had her in it a couple of times in her infant car seat, but she really started riding in it when she was 13-14 months old.
It's super easy to use (attach & detach from the bike as well as for her to ride in) and it's a great size too.
What about the Burley Sidecar?
These are the best thing going. I have an older model
These also get good reviews -- http://www.chariotcarriers.com/
Too slow Joe
I've been debating on what to buy - trailer vs. child seat. From what I've seen, generally speaking, you get what you pay for. The Burleys and Chariots are really nice, but come at a premium.
As for age to begin riding in one, I stumbled across some pretty decent articles here - http://www.helmets.org/child.htm Food for thought if nothing else.
Let me know what you go with as well as your impressions.
I bought this one and plan on putting my kid in it when he is about 12 months old give or take a month or two
Heck as soon as I'm capable of riding in shorts and a t-shirt my son is going riding with me
I finally just gave up and stopped using a helmet in the trailer. As Caroline's head grows, I'll do it, but for now, it's uncomfortable for her, and so far as I can tell, doesn't keep her any safer in the trailer.
We have both and use both, although the trailer definitely gets more use. We use the trailer more because it's more comfortable for Syd. She can bring along a toy or a book, a light blanket for any chill, a snack and water. All of that doesn't go over too well in the carrier so we only use that for shorter rides (less than a half hour). She's good to go in the trailer for rides that are 1-1 1/2 hours.
I also liked the stability of the trailer especially if I need to stop at any point during our rides.
I didn't like the sidecar because I ride on the roads a lot and I don't always have a nice wide shoulder and I would rather keep closer to the side of the road than the sidecar allowed for.
btw - I took Caroline 32 miles on a Sunday group ride last week and it was brutal. 17 mph on the CX bike, pulling her, was more than I can stand. Ugh.
Are you still going to call everything that trips you up a "salty whore"?
The solo was awesome. It wasn't too bulky and was well build. I had the disc adapter on my bike and the frame hitch on the wifes so we could trade off during rides.
The best part is after 4 years of use, I sold it on ebay for damn near what I paid for it (bro deal).
I bought it used from a friend who had another kid so he bought a bigger trailer.
We started Jamie when he was about 9 months I think. He's +90% on the growth index though.
Loco, we gave up too. I may try again this spring when he is a little bigger. The trailer has an aluminum roll cage and a 4 point harness. He should be safe on a basic roll over and if one of us was hit by a car, he'd be pretty much f***ed, helmet or not.
I may add mother fcking salty whore if its a really bad fall
The kid helmet (egg shaped) worked well, but when I got her an XC type, she couldn't put her head back, so I let her take it off too.
This year she will rock the tag-a-long, so she is good to go.