Q: How do I measure the ‘Drop Out Space’?
The term ‘drop out space’ refers to the space between the center of the wheel hub and the end of the ‘fork’ where the wheel attaches to the bike frame. This ‘drop out space’, measured in millimeters, determines the type of hitch attachment you will need if you purchase a Burley bicycle trailer. Standard bicycles have a drop out space of 125-135mm; 135mm for mountain bikes; and 140-160mm for tandem bikes.
Q: What do the Chariot CX versions offer that the Cougars don’t?
Chariot and Burley bicycle trailers are the absolute top of the line, with a price that reflects their high position on the spectrum. Chariot trailers, unlike Burleys, have 5 conversion kits available, as do the CX models, but the more expensive CX 1 and CX 2 have a number of additional features:
- More support and padding throughout the child cockpit
- An abundance of reflective safety trim
- An ergonomic 5-position handlebar.
- Full mesh sides with zip-up tinted windows for increased climate control
- A removable cover
- An extra-long flip-over sunshade
- Zip-down front rain/wind screen.
- Includes a storage bag that can be removed and carried as a shoulder bag or a child backpack.
Q: What is the age limit for riding in a bicycle trailer?
There is no age limit, but there IS a weight limit. The max for bicycle trailers is 100lbs, total for one or two passengers. It is a very bad idea to exceed the 100lbs weight limit since it could compromise the integrity of the soft goods used to construct your bicycle trailer and place undue stress on other components designed to handle only a certain weight load.
Q: Should my child(ren) wear a helmet when riding in a Bicycle Trailer?
Yes, especially if you plan to bike at high speeds or on rugged terrain. The top of a bicycle trailers seating area is NOT reinforced, that is, there is no ‘roll-cage’ so in the event of a tip-over your passenger(s) will not be protected. Therefore, a helmet should absolutely be worn, by the passengers and the pilot.
Q: Which trailers are the best for transporting a pet?
There are more pet carrying bicycle trailers coming out all the time. The Burley Cub, Croozer Dog, and the DoggyRide Novel are trailers built specifically to transport pets . . . they each have an eyelet on the inside of the trailer that allows you to secure a dog’s collar to the trailer. An alternative to a pet trailer is to strap your pet carrier box securely to a cargo trailer. The most important thing, as with all trailers, is to make sure that your pet is secured.
Q: What is a chassis?
“Chassis” is defined as a ‘framework’, or ‘skeleton.’ As used in relation to bike trailers, “chassis” is another term for the frame of the bicycle trailer, minus any soft goods or accessories attached to it.
Q: I want to get a bicycle trailer that converts to a stroller. What is the difference between a ‘strolling kit’ and a ‘jogging kit’?
A ‘strolling kit’ converts your bike trailer to a walking stroller, typically a light swivel wheel, and a ‘jogging kit’ converts it to a jogging stroller with a large, air-filled, fixed wheel that will provide straight line tracking while you run with your kid or kids.
Convertible bicycle trailers are without a doubt the most versatile child carriers available. Chariot CX and Chariot Cougar trailers have kits available that convert them to any of 5 different modes: A bike trailer, a stroller, a jogging stroller, a hiking trailer, or a skiing trailer.