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#1 jmag

Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:40 PM

Hi,

Looking at getting a bike trailer and have only really come across two types:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-in-1CHILD-Bike-Bi...=item41490e5aaa

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Chariot-Cougar-2-Bi...=item56365a0fbe

Both vary alot in price, and yes like the expensive one better, just wondering if you know of any in between, doing google searches and can only see these ones

Thanks!

#2 bubmakes3

Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:44 PM

Hi There,

Bike trailers are a fantastic way to keep active whilst enjoying time together as a family! There are a number of options available.
Other brand trailers (apart from Chariot Carriers) would be Burley and Trek - all three are available through bike stores through out Australia. The cheaper one you are looking at is not one I recognise and for that reason (and the price point) I would be wary from a safety/quality point of view

I would highly recommend going down to a store and looking at these in person as you will get a real sense of quality and what you are actually buying.
The chariot ones are the most expensive that is true - they really are the Rolls Royce of the industry, but they do have excellent resale value and a fantastic reputation . They are made in Canada and the company ONLY makes trailers - the other brands I mention are actually made by bike companies (though I believe Chariot actually manufacture the Trek trailer so presume the quality to be fairly good but without the added features). They conform to all relevant US, Australasian and European standards for both trailers AND strollers which is important. The cougar you are looking at on ebay is able to be converted to a stroller (most chariot models are) by the addition of a jogging (one large wheel) or strolling (2 small wheels) kit, you can also get various baby supporters to go into the chassis for newborns up to 1 year. Its important to note you really shouldn’t be riding with bubs until they can wear a helmet and support there own head.

Check out the chariot website www.chariotcarriers.com for a lot more info including demo videos etc.

The Australian distributor - Morris Stanley Ltd will be able to advise if you have any further questions.

As I said I would highly recommend checking these out in the flesh not all bike stores carry them though so check each brands website (or call/email distributors) to find stockists.
Good Luck!
PM me if you want anymore info


edited to add text and remove gaps!

Edited by Couver, 02 December 2009 - 04:30 PM.


#3 ikeaqueen

Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:53 PM

We had one similar to the cheap one for an entire 24 hours.

It sagged something shocking when the boys sat in it, ours was from Kmart for about $99.  We took it back the next day.

Might be worth looking at the Kmart one, it was VERY similar and then you could try your children in it to check for size (DS1s head was touching the top bar when he had a helmet on).



#4 jmag

Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:56 PM

Ok yeah thanks for this advice,

I was thinking if I am getting rid of my double pram (baby jogger) I should try and get the more expensive one as it seems to recline a bit more as the other one does not.

I am going to check them out tomorrow and just thought a bit of 'pre' feedback would be great!



#5 bubmakes3

Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:02 PM

Forgot to say - think there have been some previous posts on bike trailers - try a search using bike trailer or chariot as a key word?

#6 jmag

Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:19 PM

WOW thanks for this info, will definately out and check out....
Just need to find what the Chariot cougar looks like in the strolling pram mode....

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#7 Lyra

Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:22 PM

Hi I replied in another thread


http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...6&hl=cougar


HTH

#8 bubmakes3

Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:34 PM

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

Looks like this - pretty cool IMO! The cross country ski kit is pretty neat too - though not so useful here! We used to live in Vancouver and these things are seriously EVERYWHERE!

Edited by Couver, 02 December 2009 - 04:36 PM.


#9 lucylou98

Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:03 PM

We have a Croozer 535 which is the in between brand. It retails for about $700. It converts to a jogging pram and also has a trolley wheel for shopping centres.It also has individual seats and harnesses.
The Burley is a bit unstable in walking mode and only has a bench seat and a silly seatbelt that goes across both kids(friends have it). The Chariot probably will go longer than the others as it has extra height for taller kids. DD1 outgrew our trailer at 5 which was what I predicted based on her growth chart.
The other plus with the more expensive trailers is their total weight capacity is about 45kg.
Only downside of the Croozer is it is a little wide. I can fit through the wider aisle of the supermarket only.

#10 Bondia

Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:17 PM

We have one - a Pacific one. It worked really well but we weren't regular bike riders up until getting it (were hoping it would inspire us to get out more with the kids) and we just found the whole effort of it all a bit much, and found we weren't using it very often at all. For us it involved folding it all up, getting it in the car, getting the bikes on the back, getting it all off at the other end, and even though it really wasn't difficult it just didn't seem to fit with the small amounts of time we found we had for those sorts of activities. I also wanted to be able to use it by myself with the kids, but found it all a bit of an effort (maybe I'm just too lazy!). At the moment we've lent it to my parents but hopefully we'll get sorted when the next baby comes and have another go - it certainly worked really well.

My only warning would be that they are quite wide and you need to be wary on uneven ground. I also didn't feel safe on the road with it.

#11 jojonbeanie

Posted 02 December 2009 - 07:23 PM

We use the Croozer not on the back of the bike but to transport our SN child at the beach and over the sand. We give it a very hard life with no TLC and it has held up wonderfully.

http://www.gear4baby.com.au/p/501987/crooz...-shipping-.html

#12 KimminyCricket

Posted 02 December 2009 - 07:35 PM

We have one (similar in shape to the first ebay one) and it fits 2 children.  It's not flimsy at all and is not only comfortable for the kids, but lightweight for me  laugh.gif   It's a Repco branded one.  

Would you need one that reclines looking at the age of your children in your sig?  My DS is 10months and travels fine in an upright one.

HTH

#13 LittleDCJ

Posted 02 December 2009 - 08:54 PM

My friend is getting a Zigo (www.myzigo.com.au) for her kids.  She'll be taking them to school/childcare on it and then ride onto work.  Definitely cheaper than a 2nd car.



#14 cute*as*a*button

Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:30 PM

We have a pacific.  I brought if of ebay, can remember how much but it woud not have been to expensive.  I love it and so do my boys!  I use it more as a jogger than a bike trailer but I like to run.  Was riding down the street and then converting  to a jogger while doing some shopping but it is a little wide so Iam limited on what shops I can go into.  Have fun if you do decide on getting one!

#15 bubmakes3

Posted 03 December 2009 - 07:56 AM

I just looked at teh Zigo one  (haven't seen it before) . Looks like a great concept but appears you have to buy their bike as well - which looks pretty basic - not many gears and more an around town type bike - so may not be ideal for bike trails, or hills etc.

#16 not-surprised

Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:50 AM

I had a Pacific one but only ever had one child in it at a time.

A friend has a one-child Chariot and it really is fabulous. It converts stroller-to-trailer in about 1 minute. It has MUCH better seating and seat belts for the child.

There is no way that I would put a child under 1yo in the cheaper Pacific style of trailer because the seat is not supportive enough.

The Chariot ones are significantly lighter too - from memory the Pacific one weighed nearly 20kg unladen.

I only had our trailer from when DD was 2.5y until she was nearly 4y. She much preferred the bike seat on the back (which I used from 1y to nearly 4y) and then graduated to a 16" bike with Trail-gator tow bar.

Steph




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