Published on April 30th, 2010 | by Matt7
The search for a bicycle child trailer
I thought my search for a children’s bike trailer would take a few weeks at most yet here we are several months later with the beautiful spring sunshine upon us and I am still without a bicycle trailer for my child.
The real problem of course is that I don’t really want to spend hundreds of pounds, with top models costing just that. The bike I’ll be using to pull the child trailer was itself an eBay bargain, an almost brand new revolution courier race for £160. Thats around half RRP, and I want the same deal on a child trailer!
I’ve been searching eBay most days for child trailers and I have seen the occasional bargain go, but the seller has always been hundreds of miles away and accepting collection only. At this rate the summer will be over by the time I find a good deal.
Judging from the eBay auctions ive seen, top of the range trailers tend to hold their value even after 3-4 years use. Taking that into account I could just buy a top of the range burley, trek, croozer or chariot. However, the initial cost is smearing this otherwise relatively sensible option. Alternatively, I could just buy a cheaper model new, and indeed I had gone along to Costco early on in my search to pickup a Costco child trailer for £75, only to discover they’d ran out of stock a day earlier and wouldn’t be getting any more in. Talk about bad luck. The final option would be to keep waiting for a suitable eBay auction to spring up on my door step, but that’s time consuming and down to pot luck more than anything else, and as we get further into the summer I’m thinking the competition on such auctions will increase and the chance of finding a bargain will be very unlikely.
So what am i looking for? I’ve got a dream of cycling the world at the forefront of my mind, and whilst it’s still very much just a grand idea at this stage it would make financial sense to purchase a child trailer designed for touring and heavy usage now. Failing that, I could buy a midrange model which would see us through our easy going bike rides over the summer. The reviews of some mid-range trailers aren’t great, with suggestions that your child will end up sat in a puddle of water should it rain, but then i wouldnt intentionally set out with the child trailer if I thought it might hammer down. So my decision? Well, probably to buy a mid range trailer new and get some use out of it. So, I think I’ve made up my mind. Now i just have to wait until payday and hope my 8 gear revolution courier race will pull the damn thing! Hmmm, do I need a new bike as well?