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#1 of 5 Old 05-24-2004, 02:50 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old.

We want to start using our bikes in town on sidewalks. Some major cracks. I want a bike trailer that will be comfortable and not too bouncy. I saw this family with a bike trailer and the kids looked like they were bouncing all over the place.

Can the 7 month old actually ride in the trailer? His head fits well into his helmet, and he doesn't seem to have any trouble holding up his head with it on.

I've got the sits on the back of the bike thing, and I've seen the sits up front on the bike thing. (Sorry for the terms, I swear the children suck brain cells out of me...) :LOL

Does anyone have the front sitting one? It looks like it's uncomfortable.

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New York State law prohits riding with a child under 1 year, but I don't know what the rules are where you are. We living in Brooklyna dn ride with our son in a bike seat in the back and he loves it.

As for the sidewalk, it is actually significantly safer to ride in the street, although you might not feel as comfortable doing it. Many areas, like Brooklyn, have laws about riding on the sidewalks because of this.

Gzood luck to you.


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The concern with head control is that the baby need enough neck strength to be able to hold the head steady over sudden bumps and with the added weight of the helmet.

We had one of those bike seats that sits on the cross bar of the rider for my daughter starting from when she was about 11 months old. It worked great and she loved it. However, the rider needs to be a bit on the tall side to make it work, and we found that you couldn't bring your knees as far forward as you might want. It was great for going into town, but we wouldn't use it for longer rides. We have a rear bike seat for this year.
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The bike trailers usually say to wait till the kids are 1 year. I think that's just because they need the neck strength. We got a really nice Yakima trailer when DS turned 1, but it still doesn't have a whole lot of shock absorber. He still look like they're being jostled around a bit. The burley brand wasn't any better.

I've seen both the front and back bike seats. But have never tried them. I could ask DH, he works in a bike shop during his summer breaks. He may have heard some reviews on them from customers.

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Thank you all so much for your help!

We can wait another 5 months, it just would be great to use our bodies for locomotion again, you know? Gas prices and all that.

If you could ask your husband about the front bike carrier, I'd really appreciate it. It doesn't look sturdy and it looks like perhaps the bike rider would be uncomfortable.

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