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I was wondering if anyone here owns a bike trailer. I am needing to commute in a quicker way, and DH and I only have one vehicle. We have a 2 1/2 year old and a almost 5 month old. Austin starts pre-school on April 1st. It is a 45min walk there, 45 mins back. Preschool is only 2 1/2 hours long. There is nothing for us to do anywhere around where the preschool is, so it's not an option to stay there. I have had many people suggest to me getting a bike trailer to pull behind my bike and just to strap Brody's car seat into the trailer. This road is freshly paved so very smooth and it's a back road with a sidewalk so not much traffic. I am unsure how safe a car seat in a bike trailer would be so I'm looking for opinions.<br><br>
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Oh, I know you're to get warned about how dangerous this is but...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> we did that w/both kids. We had a double Burley and we strapped the bucket style infant carseat very securely into the seat. I don't know if it would work w/a single.<br><br>
Obviously, don't ride off road on gravel or zoom at 20mph or dodge traffic...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Oh, that might not work. Bummer! Well, some people use those bike seats that go behind your seat. If you're comfortable doing that w/the older child,it could work. If he wears a helmet, you're a stable rider and the road is totally boring...<br><br>
We're now at the point where ds1 uses the Trail-a-Bike and ds2 is in the Burley attached behind that.
 

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i think it would be fairly safe.. especially in the conditions you are talking about.. would u have both kiddos in the trailer?? I recently put a 2.5 yr old and 10 mo. old in a trailer.. and granted they both had winter jackets on but it was a tight squeeze .. but they fit... i just used the harnesses that were in the trailer (3 point).. no carseat...<br><br>
I've seen car seats in trailers before.. not sure how they secured it in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> but where there is a will there is a way..<br><br>
just my $.02
 

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Yeah I would need both kids in the trailer. We would be riding 15 minutes together to drop Austin off at pre-school, then Brody would be by himself in the trailer on the way home. Then a couple hours later it would be Brody by himself again to pick Austin up, then 15 minutes back with both kids.
 

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We have a Burley and love it (plus you can be happy knowing Burley is a worker-owned cooperative). We didn't put the kids in as babies in the infant seat, but I know folks who have, and I don't believe it is dangerous. (Actually, I can't even remember now why we didn't...)<br><br>
They can be expensive, but we got a good deal on a used one, and the kids were always really happy in it. Till they got bigger and started poking each other. Now we have the Burley hooked up to a tandem. Dh and ds1 ride the tandem and pull the trailer. Now <i>that's</i> a sight...<br><br>
It sounds like for the conditions you'd be riding on, a trailer would be a save and sensible option.
 

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Well we defenitely can't afford a Burley one. I was looking at one from Walmart. It is cheaper...but all we can afford <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Can't afford another vehicle, so I'm pretty much SOL unless I can make this trailer thing work or walk and waste 2 hours with a 5 month old with nothing to do.
 

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Well, don't give up yet! When Baby is older and sturdier, it'd be a perfect plan.<br><br>
Check Craigslist for used Burleys.<br><br>
GOtta say my 2 friends bought cheap trailers last summer. One was fine b/c she never really used it, just a couple of short trips. Other friend threw hers away in disgust. The way it attached to her bike was awful and it kept slipping no matter how she tried to repair it.<br><br>
And, my Burleys are old and have been used WAY beyond their intended capacity and are still awesome. I've had to have one stitched and repaired after hauling 4 kids back (crappy other trailer broke) over a gravel pass but that's unusual. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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When DD was little, we used our Burley with an infant carseat. Worked great! But, we did have to rig it elaborately to get the car seat to stay in there--not sure how that would work with taking one kid in and out of there, because you wouldn't want to have just the carseat in there unless it's in the middle (if one child is in there, they're always supposed to be in the middle). Might be a bit of a pain.<br><br>
Whatever you get, make sure it has a sunshade--we got the cheapo older BurleyBee, and there's no protection against the sun. When DD was little, it was horrible for her and we had to rig up a bunch of towels.<br><br>
ETA: If the carseat in back doesn't work, you could also try something like this--it's what they use in the Netherlands (they consider the trailers to be more dangerous than seats that attach to the bike). It attaches in front of your seat and behind the handlebars. We started using it when DD was 6 months.<br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=86c9re2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a><br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=950cre2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a>
 

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I had dd in a bike trailer at 6 months old ... Does your little one have strong head support? Together with 2 years older sister, no infant carseat. My kids have gotten too long for infant carseat by the time they were around 4 or 5 months old, anyway (long, not heavy).
 

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They really bounce around a lot back there--I'm not really sure I would give that a try without the carseat.
 

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it is extremely unsafe to put a baby in a trailer. as well as in a seat on the back. I own a bike shop and I know of no product that is recommended safe for children under 1 year. the only thing I can think of is a Chariot Trailer. They have a safe seat for an infant who still needs neck support (sold seperately). I still don't know what the age requirement is. before your baby can ride safely on any type of bike they need to be able to sit up unassisted with a helmet on without experiancing neck fatigue for however lo0ng you plan to keep themin the trailer round trip. that usually comes between nine months to a year. I do not see how there is any safe way to put a helmet on your baby in an infant seat. it would tilt his head forward too far and risk blocking his airway. I have rolled my trailer before. about 3 times actually. All thre times were on pavement and two were going very slow. And these were nice trailers with roll cages and anti-roll hook ups. the cheaper ones you get at target and stuff are les likely to have these things. it would be better to put your child forward facing in a 5 pt harness sytem (be sure your trailer has a 5 pt harnes system) and prop them up with pillows etc. and of course be sure they are wearing a helmet. it will also protect in the case of things flying up and hitting your trailer (such as rocks etc).<br><br>
I really really recommend waiting though.
 

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Yeah after doing some reading we are going to wait to buy one. I'm just going to have to figure out a way to walk to playgroup or something. Maybe I'll rollerblade behind the double stroller, lol.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ETA: If the carseat in back doesn't work, you could also try something like this--it's what they use in the Netherlands (they consider the trailers to be more dangerous than seats that attach to the bike). It attaches in front of your seat and behind the handlebars. We started using it when DD was 6 months.<br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=86c9re2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a><br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=950cre2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a></div>
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I'd like to see more of this. I can't really see how it works by seeing the pic.<br>
Do you know what it's called?<br><br><br><br>
Here's a link on how to strap a carseat to the trailer<br><a href="http://www.myra-simon.com/bike/riding-with-baby.html" target="_blank">http://www.myra-simon.com/bike/riding-with-baby.html</a><br><br>
I'm wondering if you could get a trailer and also a carrier for up on your bike.<br>
I know that would be more expensive but then both kinds would definatly fit.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">ETA: If the carseat in back doesn't work, you could also try something like this--it's what they use in the Netherlands (they consider the trailers to be more dangerous than seats that attach to the bike). It attaches in front of your seat and behind the handlebars. We started using it when DD was 6 months.<br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=86c9re2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a><br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberrymom/detail?.dir=/3e49&.dnm=950cre2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rzberr...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a></div>
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I'd like to know more about this as well.
 

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I've been trying to find out safety info about riding with a babe- my mum wants to buy us some kind of bike attachment. I've heard from others that it's unsafe to have a babe less than a year in a trailer. Is there any official stance on this? Does anybody have any info about bike safety with infants? I'd appreciate it.<br><br>
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you can get a seat called the <a href="http://www.store.littlegear.com/comcar.html" target="_blank">companion carrier</a> but it doesn't have straps.<br><br>
One of the benifits of not having straps is if you do bail you can take baby with you. Your baby will still need to be able to hold thier head up with a well fitting helmet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
here is one with a lot of support: <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/KID-FRONT-STYLE-BIKE-CARRIER-SEAT-FOR-CHILD-on-BICYCLE_W0QQitemZ7229079315QQcategoryZ64648QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">link</a> <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/CENTRIC-FRONT-MOUNT-BICYCLE-BABY-SEAT-CHILD-BIKE-WEERID_W0QQitemZ7228574722QQcategoryZ64648QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">Another one</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been trying to find out safety info about riding with a babe- my mum wants to buy us some kind of bike attachment. I've heard from others that it's unsafe to have a babe less than a year in a trailer. Is there any official stance on this? Does anybody have any info about bike safety with infants? I'd appreciate it.<br><br>
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This is the <a href="http://www.burley.com/products/trailers/default0401.html?c=/faq" target="_blank">FAQ page</a> from the website of a maker of (what seem to be) high end bike trailers. Scroll down to <b>Safe Trailer Age</b> and <b>Children Should Always Wear a Helmet</b>.<br><br>
I would imagine, if a high-ranked trailer is giving that sort of spec, a lower end trailer should be too, yes?<br><br><br>
They also get into why a trailer vs a kid seat behind the adult rider.
 
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