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Old 04-12-2010, 02:57 PM
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We started out with a Burley Solo trailer. 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 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, 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.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:39 PM
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One of the coolest kid seats I've seen is what this dude did for his Xtracycle.



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/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. :-)
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:52 PM
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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?
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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?
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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Drew, I think THIS is the company you are looking for. =)
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