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Bike trailer for a baby


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Initial post: Apr 2, 2010 11:53:09 AM PDT
Our baby is 4 months old now.
We are going to wait to put him in a trailer til he can at least sit up unassisted, but we want to start researching them now.
There will always be two of us, so one will pull the trailer, and the other will ride behind for safety.
A few questions are:
Does it get hot inside that trailer (we live in the desert)
What kind of bike is best for pulling it? we will most likely be getting new bikes ourselves.
Do they tip easily?
How easlily do they transport, can they fold? How small?
Can they be taken on the easier hiking trails, or should they just stay on the pavement?

any help would be appreciated!
Thanks!

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 12:51:56 PM PDT
Tsiri 2006 says:
I have been using an EZ instep trailer for years and tipping it over is almost impossible. I take my cats to the vet in it and I would never let anything happen to my furry babies. Since it has no air conditioning, it would have the ambient air in it. It does have a roll down windscreen and back screen for air flow.

This should not be taken off the trails; it's made for the roads. Read a review I did earler at:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2096487/the_instep_bicycle_trailer_an_owners.html?cat=7

I haul just about evrything in mine. It has seat belts for the lap and harnesses for both shoulders, a cup holder (or could hold a bottle) a back are for diaper bags or picnic stuff.

It's not really recommended that a baby ride in one, though. It's more for small children and they should be wearing helmets while in the trailer.

I will note one thing, however: the big yellow trailer with the flag is something car drivers "do" tend to see and avoid- even teenagers won't yell out the window or throw anything at a kiddie carrier.

I paid $109 for mine on sale at my favorite bike shop- I also got a discount because I'm a long time customer.

Have a ball riding!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2010 12:55:37 PM PDT
thanks!
Yeah, definately wearing a helmet.
I've been looking into that, too.
If we can't find him a helmet, he won't be going on a bike. For us, it's that simple.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 12:59:15 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
I think you'll find that a front mounted car seat makes more sense for a single track trail, than a trailer. Most of them mount so the child is looking up at you on the front bar of the bike. Properly strapped in they are quite safe.

You may find that a bakfiets-style bike is what you want/need. Bakfietsen are dutch (also Danish variants exist) bikes that place a utility box over the front wheel, and are generally equipped with benches, screwed down for seating, and a removable see-through plastic cover for rain/snow protection. You'd have to make safe arrangement for the car seat on your own. These are becoming more popular here in the states. major down side, is that the empty box is quite a heavy load. Advantage, you remove the car seat when they get older and you can take your kids to school in the box, seated on the bench, or get groceries, too. There are variants that put the load in a plastic bin over the rear wheel, and using a Fiberglas bin makes them lighter. Look for reviews in Holland or Copenhagen, where these things started out, and see if you can find similar models. (If you are willing to look at bicycles at around $3000, the variety is potentially huge, there are even dedicated kid-toters that can become shopping carts, strollers and the like.) Look at this site for examples: http://bakfietscargo.blogspot.com/ . Portland seems to be the US home of this sort of bikes, but they are spreading to Chicago, too. Good Luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2010 1:49:46 PM PDT
Tsiri 2006 says:
Check with your local DMV and see what at age your state allows children to ride in trailers. They'll give you the best info.

The owner of my local bike shop takes his daughters everywhere in their trailer- but has had to put up with the "home jeeves" style of "bike-trailer-driving."

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 8:34:36 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
Avenir Discovery Dual Bicycle Trailer and Stroller Combination

Here is a sample of a trailer, 20" Wheels, there are cargo models too, and all sorts of these out there, look at the ratings and pick the best for you.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 6:56:35 PM PDT
My husband and I have quite a getup when riding with our three young children. I don't know if it was legal, but we felt it was safe. When our son was still using his infant car seat (the kind with the detatchable car base) we placed it in the trailer and straped it in using the lap belt strap in the trailer and the seat belt slots in the car seat. This was he was still rear facing, he was lying down and in every way he was as he would be driving in our van. We didn't do this often but when we needed to get somewhere it worked for us. Now that he is a year old he sits in it with his big sister the normal way.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 9:08:31 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 16, 2010 8:53:00 AM PDT
konakat says:
I was just researching this recently for my own infant, and found that no one says it is safe for a child under 1 year old to ride in a trailer. The issue is not so much with crashes, I would feel pretty safe with the baby in a car seat strapped into the trailer, the issue is the extreme bumpiness and jostling they would experience. You are risking brain injury from shaken baby syndrome until the child is more fully developed.

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2010 4:59:09 PM PDT
B. Zickuhr says:
Our son has grown up on and behind our bikes, and I can say that the front-mounted iBert Safe-T-Seat is one of the best things we ever owned. He was right up front with me, could see everything and was part of the ride.

When he outgrew that, we went through a couple of trailers until we finally found the Wike trailers (out of Canada). They're only sold directly, but are well worth it. Easy to fold, easy to store, great to tow and you can get push-bars for jogging or walking. It's even got a "trunk". They're mosquito proof (from Canada, natch) but have full netting all around. We live near Seattle, and they're fully waterproof too. Definitely look them up.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2010 8:01:29 PM PDT
Get a Burley child trailer. I see now they have baby snugglers for them. The quality is incredible. You will use it for all your kids and someday your grandkids. its that well built! They dont tip or make your bike sway because they attach to the bike frame by your wheel axle. I ride a Trek 930 mountain bike but any bike will do.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 11:12:36 PM PDT
MikeM says:
I loved our Burley, which we no longer own. Darned near heirloom quality.

I prefer an upright position when pulling a trailer. We used mountain bikes. It's not about speed when hauling something as precious as kids. Keep that in mind; it's about comfort and fun. We didn't bother with the rain kits, because we felt like if it was raining, it wouldn't be comfortable or fun. Which is to say, it'd miss the point. Keep in mind I live where it's sunny 300 days a year. The rain kit might make more sense in Portland.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2010 12:22:28 AM PDT
Tina says:
We have a chariot cougar 2 for our daughter. We use it on dirt roads are very pleased with its performance. Here is the chariot website.

http://www.chariotcarriers.com/english/html/x_country.php

We like that it has adjustable leaf spring suspension. The cougar and cx are the only models that have that feature- seems to help a bit with the bumps. It has attachments for a good number of activities and specialized inserts for infants. These inserts are only for use when walking as it is really not safe to pull a child that age behind a bike in any trailer!

Our daughter is nearly two and wears a helmet when she is strapped in the trailer. Remember that your son is only a few months old- being able to sit up takes quite a bit of effort. It is completely different from being able to hold his head and position stable while being jostled around. It only takes a moment of not being able to see him for something bad to happen.

Getting a trailer that is convertible like the chariot is a good idea. If you want to try something else out, you don't have to buy another item, just a conversion kit. It has great UV protection and ventilation for warmer weather. The mesh keeps the bugs out.

Good luck with your activities this summer. Walking is a great way for your little one to take in the scenery. You'll be able to bike with him soon enough. Time flies!

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Posted on Apr 21, 2010 9:27:51 AM PDT
I've heard--don't know by personal experience--that you shouldn't put a baby in a bike trailer until their at least 1 year old, because younger than that they have difficulty holding their head up, especially with a helmet on.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 11:32:34 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
Safe-T Front Mounted Child Bicycle, this is a front mounted, front facing handle bar mounted bicycle seat, for infants.

If you think you want a trailer, I suggest that this is what you need, instead. Mounted to the handle bars, the child is easily protacted by the adults arms on either side, and the mounts flex giving the child inside this seat a softer ride, and if on cobblestone or other rough surface, you can slow down if the baby appears to be jostled too much. Not only that, the child can see his parents, if he or she is awake, and interact, let me add do not give the child anything you do not want to lose to hold in his hand because if you gasp or yell, and slow down and stop, they will quickly respond to your excitement and do it again, And Again. Whee, FUN!

Also this avoids problems with single track trails on a mountain bike by maintaining the original single track nature of the mountain bike underneath it.
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