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I'm sure this has been discussed on a previous thread but the search feature is disabled. I'm comparison shopping for a bike trailer to pull my 2 kids and I really can't see why some are close to $500 and others are more like $150. They all seem to have the same basic features, and I suspect that for my purposes-- on-road riding, flat surfaces, no more than a 15-20 minute distance-- a cheaper model (like the In-Step or the Schwinn) might be just as good as the Burleys or Chariots. I'm just not convinced that the price is worth those more elite name-brands. Anyone want to talk me into buying one of those more expensive trailers?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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It won't be me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I got mine second hand, cheap, and found it quite by accident at Once Upon A Child. They don't even sell it in the US anymore b/c one part is irreplaceable apparently; it won't break so I figure I better not loose it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> However, if one knows how to weld, and that not difficult, it can be home made.<br><br>
I hear some bike shops have used ones. You could check with them and perhaps land a more "elite" one for the price of a no-name one like mine.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">ust not convinced that the price is worth those more elite name-brands. Anyone want to talk me into buying one of those more expensive trailers?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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I think that some of the pricier ones have more room for helmets so your child doesn't have his head pushed down onto his chest, and some also have a bit of suspension for a smoother ride.<br><br>
I have an In-Step type of trailer and I love it. I just put a blanket behind DS's back so his helmet has more clearance, and we don't go all that far, so I don't worry too much about the jiggling and bouncing back there.<br><br>
Just make sure you have a cover for it to prevent road grit from flying at your kiddos and a flag so people can see you, and you should be golden.<br><br>
Most of the time, we actually use ours to haul groceries and DS rides up front in his bike seat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sure this has been discussed on a previous thread but the search feature is disabled. I'm comparison shopping for a bike trailer to pull my 2 kids and I really can't see why some are close to $500 and others are more like $150. They all seem to have the same basic features, and I suspect that for my purposes-- on-road riding, flat surfaces, no more than a 15-20 minute distance-- a cheaper model (like the In-Step or the Schwinn) might be just as good as the Burleys or Chariots. I'm just not convinced that the price is worth those more elite name-brands. Anyone want to talk me into buying one of those more expensive trailers?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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We have the In-Step trailer and it works wonderfully for the kind of riding you're planning to do. Usually just DS rides in it, but it's easily accommodated both of our boys, as well as DS and a friend as old as 8. There's plenty of head room for even the older kids. We bought it used for maybe $40, and I feel like it was a great investment even though we only use it once or twice a week to go to the park or pick up a gallon of milk at the grocery store. I wouldn't feel like we'd gotten our money's worth on a $500 trailer unless we used it almost daily as our main mode of transportation.
 

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Thanks, everybody! I think we'll just go with one of the cheaper models then and not feel bad about it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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