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Rezarf
04-11-2010, 05:06 PM
howdy-

I don't even know what to search for.

What do you call one of those little contraptions that allows you to stick your kiddo in and pull them around with your bike?

Thanks- :thumb:

farnhamstj
04-11-2010, 05:30 PM
Tag-along. Trail-a-bike. We had one for a little while. Problem is they are kind of big for small kids. By the time they can actually pedal the thing. They can ride a 16" wheel bike and keep up pretty well. My kids were off training wheel bikes before age 4 (12" wheels) Now they are both on 16"wheels. The tag-a-longs are 20" wheels.

60wag
04-11-2010, 05:30 PM
The trailers are made by Burley. The one wheeled bike with pedals were originally made by Trailabike but there are lots of manufacturers now.

farnhamstj
04-11-2010, 05:32 PM
Or do you meen a Chariot Trailer? or Child Carrier? Kids need to be age 1 to tow them behind a bike.

cbmontgo
04-11-2010, 09:43 PM
Hey Drew...check "bike trailer" on CL. That's where you'll find most of them.

Rezarf
04-11-2010, 09:53 PM
bike trailer was the winner. thanks guys. Any opinion on this setup? I am thinking of an old school seat for over the rear tire or on the handle bars. My boy is 11 months.

You dudes rock, thanks!

Corbet
04-11-2010, 10:11 PM
Get the trailer. Much safer than the seat over the wheel. Plus the kid/s can see more than just your sweaty back. Used trailers are pretty cheap. We got on for free:D Coworker just wanted it out of her garage.

coax
04-11-2010, 10:31 PM
Plus when your kids outgrow them they can be used for other things :-D (or can be sold to people like me to do other things with them!) 5 pair skis, 4 pair boots, 1 cooler with hamburgers!

Jacket
04-12-2010, 12:16 PM
We've done them all: bike trailer, tag-along, and the extra seat over the rear tire. Everything but the tag-along works well for a kid < 4. The bike trailers are nice because usually they fit 2 kids + some gear, but they can be spendy. The over-the-seat chair is nice because it is easy and simple, but it does make the bike more susceptible to rear tire blow outs with all the extra weight.

Uncle Ben
04-12-2010, 12:29 PM
Tag-along. Trail-a-bike. We had one for a little while. Problem is they are kind of big for small kids. By the time they can actually pedal the thing. They can ride a 16" wheel bike and keep up pretty well. My kids were off training wheel bikes before age 4 (12" wheels) Now they are both on 16"wheels. The tag-a-longs are 20" wheels.

Secondary problem is it's kinda spooky when you look back and the kid's head is laying on the handlebars and they are asleep! :eek: :rolleyes:

Hulk
04-12-2010, 03:57 PM
We started out with a Burley Solo trailer (http://www.rei.com/product/784029). Fine for a baby, extremely safe, good for naps, you can also haul all the stuff for a picnic. On the downside, your kid is disconnected from you and it slows you down. We bought the Solo because it's for one kid only: smaller and lighter. By the time we were ready to take Charlie for a ride, Maddie had graduated to the next item on my list.

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When the kids got a little bigger (age 2), we switched to the Topeak BabySeat (http://www.rei.com/product/784642) which mounts over the rear tire. This one was my favorite and the kids both loved it too. Maddie used to sing me songs as we would ride along the bike trail. If you're a strong, well-balanced biker, you'll have no problem with this. It always made my wife nervous, but I loved it and so did both of our kids.

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Next we got the Alley Cat Bicycle Trailer (http://www.harborcountrybike.com/Alley_Cat_Bicycle_Trailer_Trail_A_Bik_p/M5101.htm), which turns your bike into kind of a tandem by adding a handlebar, wheel, seat and pedals behind your bike. There are lots of manufacturers that make these -- ours is kind of a cheap one. Kids aren't ready for this until they are 5 or 6 (IMO). I'm still kind of ambivalent about this one. Unless your kid can ride a bike without training wheels, it's kind of a PITA to have a kid back behind you, leaning to one side, and then having to compensate for this yourself.

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Eventually, your kids will lose the training wheels and can start riding their own bicycles when you go for a ride. :)

DaveInDenver
04-12-2010, 04:39 PM
One of the coolest kid seats I've seen is what this dude did for his Xtracycle.

http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/images/page_image/web-thumbs-up.jpg

http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/content/kids-and-cargo

Another I saw that looked pretty cool and was recently reviewed was the iBert safe-T-seat.

http://www.ibertinc.com/images/ibert_02.jpg

http://www.ibertinc.com/theseat/

Oh, and BTW, I can confirm that when they say max weight 75 lbs or whatever, that might mean a child but is equally applicable to a pony keg of beer. Those harnesses might be good at holding kids (dunno) but also just peachy at keep your Fat Tire from rolling out, too. :-)

jacdaw
04-12-2010, 04:52 PM
from the iBert page: >>Buy a second stinger assembly for your spouse's bike and you can switch the seat between the two bikes in a matter of seconds.<<

And leave the uncovered stinger attached and facing your crotch and guts?!? Are you kidding me?:eek:
http://www.ibertinc.com/images/ibert_05.jpghttp://www.ibertinc.com/images/ibert_04.jpg

DaveInDenver
04-12-2010, 04:54 PM
from the iBert page: >>Buy a second stinger assembly for your spouse's bike and you can switch the seat between the two bikes in a matter of seconds.<<

And leave the uncovered stinger attached and facing your crotch and guts?!? Are you kidding me?:eek:
LOL! No way...

The review in Bicycle Times showed the iBert on the front and pair of panniers on the rear rack so it was a very legitimate errands running bike for a parent.

farnhamstj
04-13-2010, 09:08 PM
Spend the money, get a good trailer. Kids up that high are an accident waiting to happen. I've seen too many adults crash on bikes to think that a kid on the toptube is a good idea.

LARGEONE
04-14-2010, 01:27 PM
A guy I work with at Amgen invented this little deal...supposed to be an improvement on other designs due to the low center of gravity and other advantages. He lives near me (in the Broadlands) and offers slight discounts to us. They are more expensive, but I've heard they work very well and are adjustable as your kid grows.

http://www.weehooinc.com/

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Hulk
04-14-2010, 02:16 PM
A guy I work with at Amgen invented this little deal...supposed to be an improvement on other designs due to the low center of gravity and other advantages. He lives near me (in the Broadlands) and offers slight discounts to us. They are more expensive, but I've heard they work very well and are adjustable as your kid grows.

http://www.weehooinc.com/

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Very cool. I would have bought one.

Phrog
04-16-2010, 11:01 AM
I have a Burley I'd be happy to sell. My kid never took to it.
PM me if interested - I'll email pix, you make me a reasonable offer.

-Phrog

Rezarf
04-16-2010, 11:06 AM
I have a Burley I'd be happy to sell. My kid never took to it.
PM me if interested - I'll email pix, you make me a reasonable offer.

-Phrog

PM sent.:thumb:

jacdaw
04-16-2010, 11:08 PM
Drew, I think THIS (http://www.xtracycle.com/) is the company you are looking for. =)

SRT08BUS
04-16-2010, 11:33 PM
The 'get the heck out of my way' cabouse(sp) ....you know the car at he end of the line...give me a break it's late I'm drunk and yes a little cranky and tired!!!:D

DaveInDenver
04-16-2010, 11:35 PM
Drew, I think THIS (http://www.xtracycle.com/) is the company you are looking for. =)
A bud of mine rides an Xtracycle based on a modified Trek. Works well but don't put one on your 3.5 lbs Columbus racing steed, they'll destroy it. Find that old 1985 Schwinn High Plains or straight gauge 7000 series GT and modify it. Also be sure to get the tire driven blender option. Seriously. Cruise in style, laughing at the suckers in their coffins cars and enjoy fresh margs when you get home.

LARGEONE
04-19-2010, 12:15 PM
Dave...there's a family in Longmont that has a couple of these xtracycles...I don't even think they own a car. Last year, I saw them dragging a trailer with a full size mattress in it. I've also seen them toting a couple kids like the one you showed in an earlier post. I've also seen them in the snow and rain, so I'm really thinking they don't own a car. Imagine the money they save and the exercise they get by biking everywhere!

jettaglxdriver
04-19-2010, 12:54 PM
I used to have a bike trailer for my boys when they were young. Like 2 and 8 months and they could be strapped in side by side and you could close the cover to protect them if it started raining, carry their bag behind them in the little rear compartment, and kept the bugs off of them.

Later we had a trail a bike for my ex-gf's 8 year old. He could ride his own bike but on the longer trips he coudn't hang but on the back there he could help when he wanted to or when we encouraged him to on hills.

MDH33
04-20-2010, 05:22 PM
I used to have a bike trailer for my boys when they were young. Like 2 and 8 months...

How did you manage two kids 6 months apart? ;)