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Advice on child trailers and bike to hook it to

JoshgavJoshgav Posts: 158
edited March 2017 in Commuting general
I am looking at double child trailers to hook to the back of my bike and need some advice.

I will be picking up the kids from the childminder on a regular basis, its about a 25 minute walk up a steep hill. I am looking to make the journey quicker by cycling and picking them up, obviously can't take both kids on my bike so thought that a trailer may be better.

Children are 9 months and 3 1/2.

Does anyone have any advice on what to look for, suggested models etc?

I will also need a hack bike to hook it up to, as I don't want to use my carbon steed. I was thinking maybe getting a rigid mountain bike for the low gears, will probably need it with 30kg of children and a 15kg trailer up a hill. Thoughts?


  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    disc brakes!

    Sorry - had to put that in first - if it's up a steep hill you're going to want decent braking for the return.

    As for the trailer - ours - and many others - use a spigot that is attached to the back by being clamped by the quick release or nut - you then attach the trailer to that with a removable pin - so the spigot can remain on the bike without the trailer attached.

    You're going to want a decent trailer - burley do a decent one. Ours is an Amazon cheapy - which was fine, but it's heavy, the brake mechanism is fundimentally flawed (it just shoots a bolt into a bit of plastic on the hub) and the wheels are not removable (well - not easily) so all in all it's a bit of a PITA ... but does what we want it to do.

    I would think you're going to end up pushing the bike & trailer up hill - I've ridden a 29er with the trailer and 1 child in - was fine till I hit a 14% then stopped and couldn't get going again - flat was much easier.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,569
    A decent hybrid would do the trick, anything with less than 1:1 gearing at the bottom of the range. eg 28 front cog/ 32 (or more) back cog. Get a decent Alu frame. Ridgeback are a good value brand for this sort of thing, or if going a bit up in price range, some of the Whyte hybrids.
  • JoshgavJoshgav Posts: 158
    Bike, something like these? ... e-EV258048

    Or would something like this work too? ... e-EV275174

    p.s. I have a 50% off at Evans so think that new rather than second hand is probably the way to go.
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,569
    The Ridgeback looks ideal to me. I bit heavy, but the Jamis is probably heavier due to the suspension fork. I never felt the need for a fork on canal paths etc where I used to tow my children on my Ridgeback Speed (just one at a time on a trailgator tow bar) . You will need it even less on the road.
  • natrixnatrix Posts: 1,111
    I used the Halfords double bike trailer for several years and was pleased with how it performed. Some of the more expensive trailers are studier but also heavier................
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  • greenamex2greenamex2 Posts: 272
    We had one of the these, towed with a mountain bike (good gearing for hills). ... ailer.aspx

    12Kg by itself, not sure how it matches up to others.

    Worked well.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,811
    Have a look at the Voodoo Marasa ... ybrid-bike

    Decent gearing (and as its 9 speed the option to go to an 11-34 cassette or even a wide range), they are a decent tough bike and with lighter road type tyres are quite sprightly to ride.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • PufftmwPufftmw Posts: 1,941
    Similar experience has been taking dog to work - 11kg of trailer and 8/9 kg of dog, so around 20kg in total. Trip was 7.5 miles each way and I started off using a 20 yr old MTB on road tyres. Only one hill of any note really and it was totally doable, adding about 10 mins to my non-trailer commute. However, it was knackering to do every day, so I went and got an eBike (KTM MTB) at which point it became a LOT easier. Something to think about maybe.

    Trailer was by Trixie but I don't think they do them for kids -it is a good piece of kit.
  • JoshgavJoshgav Posts: 158
    Decided to borrow my Dads 20 year old Alu framed non-suspension MTB, i think it was decent in it's day with Acera drivechain). It's got a triple, so at least I will have a decent set of low end gears.

    Need to give it a good going over with some oil, spokes are a bit rusty but don't look like they're going to snap (and there's so many of them anyway, I hardly think I will miss a few).
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