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    Default Are pricey bike trailers worth the expense?

    I'm looking for a bike trailer for my 18 month old so my husband and I can take him biking, primarily on a paved rail trail. Do I really need a Burley or Chariot? What makes the expensive trailers better? Will my little guy be much more comfortable or safe in a pricey trailer? Is it worth it? What do you think?

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    I have what I think is a no-name ("Rhode Gear?") trailer that I got off of Craigslist. I have used it both on paved rail trail & on the road, no problems. I wouldn't use it for a young infant but 12 mo+ it's fine.
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    We have a "pricey" trailer, but we didn't pay a lot for it b/c I found it on Craigslist. Something to keep in mind is that Burley-type trailers hold their value quite well, so you can recoup much of their cost when your child outgrows it. I know we'll be able to sell our trailer in a few years for what we paid - if not a bit more!
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    a friend hates her cheap one b/c it flips easily and is rusty. We have a new one (actually would like an 08 or newer b/c of the recline) from 07 I believe, and it has lots of safety things the others don't have. We also use the back compartment to take bags to the beach - and we add the front jogger wheel. You can add stuff to the more $$$ ones to get more use out of them. The d'lite can be for one or two children.

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    I have a pricey one and love it.

    How often would your DH cycle with your LO? and for how long? If he is only going 10 miles down the local MUP once a week, I'm not sure if it is worth pouring a ton of money into an expensive carrier (although, as a PP noted, they do hold much of their value when it comes to resale). But if he is cycling five times a week for 1-2 hours a pop ... I would think that a safe, comfortable baby would be worth the price.

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    We have a new but inexpensive bike trailer. While I think it is 'safe' and it is sturdy, easy to attach etc. We are not avid bikers...We are just doing family rides 1 or 2x a month.
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    my children hate it. I think the specific problem is that they can't relax/ lean their heads back with their helmet on. I read that the expensive ones have a "cut out" for the helmet to recess into so you don't have this problem.

    I looked for about 6 mo on my CL and never found a burley or chariot for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachBum View Post
    But...
    my children hate it. I think the specific problem is that they can't relax/ lean their heads back with their helmet on. I read that the expensive ones have a "cut out" for the helmet to recess into so you don't have this problem.
    This is what we found with bike trailers and joggers. We never found a deal either and decided we didn't bike enough to make it worth it for a $$$ one.
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    I wouldn't worry about safety as much with a cheaper trailer, but what you're paying for with the pricier ones are:
    -ease of use (for the adult who has to set it up)
    -comfort of ride (better for napping, smoother ride, potentially better sunshade, nicer harness
    -a product that keeps its value for resale

    Some of the less expensive ones (no, I don't know which ones specifically) can tip if the adult bike tips over. Burleys and Chariots are on a hitch that's designed not to.

    None of that is necessary, but those are some of the differences that I've noticed.
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