Sunday, June 22, 2008

Baby Bike Trailer and car seat: Chariot vs. Burley

Owen is 16 weeks (3.5 months) and so alert and happy! We got a Burley bike trailer (it also becomes a ski trailer and baby jogger) a little premature, but we are so excited to get on the bikes, we couldn't help ourselves. We picked Burley over the Chariot trailer because we could buy locally from Bike Trailer Shop.com --located in Flagstaff, not to mention Chariot is a serious investment. Chariot is having a busy season and are tough to get a hold of. Burley just added the "We Ski Kit" which will allow us to cross country ski with Owen (Mom will pull on flats) which is initally why we wanted the Chariot, which boasts a ski adapter as well.

We don't plan on toting Owen on roads, or bumpy trails (yet) but Flagstaff has some really nice paved Urban trails that will be fun to ride on. Owen has extremely great head control (benefit to sleeping on belly) and loves to get outdoors (ah a child after my own heart). We have considered putting his car seat into the baby trailer and securing it down but haven't figured that out, until then, we are using the Burley snuggly which holds him in there quite nicely. Bike trailers have a "universal joint" so you can lay the bike down or crash yourself without the trailer flipping. Now, I'm sure you can flip a baby bike trailer if you are going fast and furious and hit a curb or something but we'll save that for our mountain bike rides without the dude or the trailer. Right now, it's just fun to transport the dude short distances on back roads powered by Mom, who can stand to lose about 5-10 more pounds. With gas prices on their way up, we are proud to be cyclists and will have a lot of fun in the coming years living in a small town that supports our decision to commute by bicycle. We hope to teach our child the value of alternative transportation when he's old enough to understand AND we cross our fingers that Owen will love biking as much as we do!
the dude would crawl if he could figure out the legs thing...
the dude asleep in the trailer

Mom pulling the rig...

6 comments:

Phyllis said...

I love the picture of you and Owen biking and Matt's sweet smile looking at his little one! Aunt Phyllis

Anonymous said...

back to bed

Tony said...

Hi Cameron, how did you enjoy the Burley for the past season? Any complains? Anything you like in particular? Does Owen still enjoy riding in it? I'm trying to gather information to compare Burley and Chariot. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Cameron Clark | C+K Studio said...

We have really loved the Burley Solo that we bought. My only regret is that the wheels are 16" instead of 20" and I think the Chariot has bigger wheels. I know you can get a set of bigger wheels for the Burley and maybe the De-Lite (2 seater) comes with bigger wheels. With a smaller wheel, you will notice the bumps in the road more. I ride Owen to teach my spin class, to the grocery store, to the park, and frankly all over town. He really loves to ride in it and this Mama is glad. We take back roads. If I had endless cash or gift money, I would probably get the Chariot. We are having another baby so we'll have to trade the Solo in anyway. More on this as it transpires.

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, is Owen facing forward or back? I have a two and a half month old and am wanting to get out on the bike with him in the trailer. His car seat fits in the trailer just fine, but I'm not sure if it's safe to have him facing forward just yet...

Thanks!

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