Bike trailer for toddler

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by fineanddandy, 11 Jun 2017.

  1. fineanddandy

    fineanddandy Regular

    Hi all,
    I'm planning on getting a bike trailer for my toddler to travel in occasionally.

    I'm not looking for an expedition worthy machine. This will be for occasional drop offs at nursery in the morning (5 minute ride) allowing me to ride to work afterwards and some weekend rides to the park (probably about half an hour of travelling time). So nothing too bulky to store when not in use, maybe even something that folds down.

    I wondered if anyone on here had any advice on brands or models to look at. Or more to the point what to look for in a trailer.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    Spokey Joe single trailer. Quality well above its price, foldable, well made, good to ride with.
     
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  3. amasidlover

    amasidlover Über Member

    Location:
    Gatley
    The halfords own brand one is ok for what you describe; I used it for a bit over a year twice a week for a 15 minute there / 15 minutes back nursery drop off before it started falling apart. At that point I had to upgrade to a 2 seat one anyway and went for the rather more expensive Croozer Kid For 2 (second hand - I'd guess about 3 or 4 years old but lightly used when I got it) and that's now done almost 4 years since I've had it; albeit I've replaced the internal seats once, the pull bar twice, the roll-over bar/handle once and the tyres. Which sounds a lot but the pricing of spares isn't ludicrous if you order from one of the German online retailers (although after Brexit who knows!).
     
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  4. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    I initially bought a wee second hand cheapy to try out and found that the saggy bench seat, poor restraints, lack of helmet recess and overall poor design meant that I needed a better quality trailer if we were ever going to get any sort of decent use out of it. We went for a new Croozer for 2 and it has been a fantastic purchase. The kids love it, it's comfortable, split adjustable seating, good storage, decent head and leg space plus it has the pram and stroller options which we use as much as the bike trailer attachment. Hopefully when we go to sell it, it'll hold its value well.

    I'm interested on why you've had to replace certain parts. What happened the pull bars and handle bar? I've thought about changing the tyres but decided to wait until they are worn out. I initially bought mine from Austria, saving over £100 on the RRP in the UK but like you, not sure what that'd be like now!
     
  5. amasidlover

    amasidlover Über Member

    Location:
    Gatley
    The pull bars were both replaced because the safety straps wore out, I assume because they drag on the ground as I move it around - I could have fashioned a repair I suppose but was a bit reluctant to take the chance. Similarly the handlebar I had been using to manoeuvre the trailer with the boys sat in it and it eventually cracked around the bend section; so I don't do that any more... The seats failed with the straps coming unstitched and then tears appearing in the seat around shoulder level, I suspect due to the combined weight of the boys (around 35kg which is under the limit for the trailer but still quite heavy)
     
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  6. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    Any particular reason for a trailer and not a seat? We went for a seat because it was cheaper and meant we could use the gates on a local cycle paths that a trailer would not fit through.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    fineanddandy

    fineanddandy Regular

    Thanks for the suggestions, some food for thought. I hadn't considered using the trailer as a buggy once I'd got somewhere but after checking out the croozer it might be a good feature to have.

    As to why a trailer and not a seat, I haven't got a good reason if I'm honest. I don't have a rack on my bike so it would have to be a seat post one and as my toddler is 2 1/2 I assumed that he might be too heavy. But having used a cycle path today that I would be quite likely to take a trailer down, I did notice a few gates and wonder about the width.

    Bit more thinking and googling to do (and maybe measure a few gates)

    Thanks
     
  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    2 1/2 is fine, probably up to 4 years old. By then they should be ready for a tagalong.
     
  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    Trailers are nicer to ride with than a seat, more stable, and most have capacity to carry some luggage too.
     
  10. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    It's maybe worth considering whether a trailer it'll fit in your car folded, that is assuming you own a car. Our Croozer just about fits in the boot of our Civic (which has a massive boot!) but only after removing the right hand brake. It doesn't fit in our C4 unless the seats were down.

    A trailer definitely requires more route planning than a seat and on the odd occasion I'll have to remove the kids, disconnect the trailer and lift it over and reconnect. Generally though, the kids are out for the count in the trailer so I'll just take the long way round just to let them nap with a wee blanket around them, teddy in hand, warm and dry and out of the wind. I can see why they love it.
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    Used to for a Spokey Joe in a Peugeot 107.
     
  12. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Where are you based @fineanddandy
    I have a trailer available which you are more then welcome to try for a while.
     
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  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    can't go wrong with a burley encour. we had one and the kids loved it. look out on ebay as they are pricey new...
     
  14. chriswoody

    chriswoody Veteran

    Location:
    Germany
    Are you based around Manchester area? My mate has just set up a business helping people trying to decide on different trailers and seats. He's got a big trail event organised for this Sunday if you can make it.

    http://bambinobiking.co.uk/

    Personally I was never happy with a bike seat because when my little one nodded off their head would sag down in an uncomfortable way and then the movement of the bike would throw their head around. It was probably O.K. but we soon changed to a trailer.

    Our first trailer was a Chariot one seater and it was brilliant. We'd looked at a number of brands and nothing came close to the build quality and above all security and comfort it offered for our daughter. The fact we could also convert it to a stroller was a big plus. We could ride into town, lock the bikes up, convert the trailer and walk around town with it.

    When our second turned up, we then traded in the single seat chariot for the double and it's served us well these last years. My son is now nearly 4 and been riding a pedal bike for a while now, so the Chariot is pretty much surplus to requirements so will probably be sold on in Autumn.

    Aside from a Chariot, the only brands I would consider are Croozer and Burley. You really need to look at the build quality and above all the level of comfort and support the trailer gives to your kids. The big plus for Croozer is it's cheaper than the Chariots and has a massive boot. The Chariots though have really effective suspension which makes the ride so much smoother for the kids.
     
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  15. OP
    OP
    fineanddandy

    fineanddandy Regular

    Thanks again for the suggestions. I'm going to do some ebay stalking to see what comes up from a few of those brands.

    @ianrauk thanks for the offer, a mate has one that he's said I can test out so I'll give that a try.
     
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