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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    As you probably already know, you don't really pay for these trailer things; you just rent them. I had two different trail-a-bikes (consecutively, not simultaneously), each of which I bought used and then sold used. I believe the net cost--purchase price less sales price--over 10 years was $70.
    Very true. Or, there's my master plan (we'll see if it pans out) where once my daughter doesn't need to be towed any longer, we'll pop off the tow arm and put on the front fork, wheel, and brakes, and convert her trailercycle into a bicycle. We started using it (a Burley Piccolo) when she was around 4 and use it almost every day for her commute home from school. (My office isn't too far from her school so I just keep it attached, but it is easy on/easy off if need be, or if I want to just take a ride myself).

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    Another vote for the Weehoo!! While my 7 year old loves riding his own bike, he understands how much fun it can be bombing down the trail behind Dad too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    (our 18 mo has been mountain biking strapped in)
    I saw the marketing pictures of people riding off road with the Weehoo, so I figured I'd give it a shot. To others that might be considering this, my experience was not as good as dasgeh's.

    Specifically, the Weehoo (1) has no suspension (so any bumps get transmitted right to your kid's spine, since they can't stand on the pedals like adults can/do when mountain biking on hardtails). Also (2) the seatpost clamp has nothing to stop it from moving up (toward the saddle) and "falling off" the plastic shim. This will at minimum scrape up your seatpost, but it's also pretty disconcerting when it happens and consequences could be a lot worse. And finally (3) you can't clear logs with a Weehoo (and it's heavy enough to make hoisting it over logs quite cumbersome) which pretty much rules out any of our areas actual MTB trails. The one advantage that the Weehoo has over a trailer for off-road use is that it's narrower.

    As much as I think the Weehoo is inferior to a regular trailer from the perspective of the person doing the pulling of the trailer, the kids do LOVE it (at least the younger one; the older one just rides his bike). So I can definitely say its' been worth having. But if I were choosing a daily transportation option for bringing a kid & stuff to/from daycare, it would not be a Weehoo, as there's very limited storage and obviously no shelter from the elements.

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    Just to say, I don't have anything to tow in a trailer or cargo bike, but I've weirdly enjoyed this thread and always get a kick out of seeing cargo bikes in the wild. Would love to see a cargo bike & trailer parade around HP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    Just to say, I don't have anything to tow in a trailer or cargo bike, but I've weirdly enjoyed this thread and always get a kick out of seeing cargo bikes in the wild. Would love to see a cargo bike & trailer parade around HP!
    It's called Kidical Mass, and we've totally done it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    As much as I think the Weehoo is inferior to a regular trailer from the perspective of the person doing the pulling of the trailer, the kids do LOVE it (at least the younger one; the older one just rides his bike). So I can definitely say its' been worth having. But if I were choosing a daily transportation option for bringing a kid & stuff to/from daycare, it would not be a Weehoo, as there's very limited storage and obviously no shelter from the elements.
    I think there are pros and cons to both, but I'm surprised that from a pulling perspective you would like a trailer more -- a weehoo is just one wheel, so less resistance. I haven't ridden with many trailers, but the ones I've pulled have definitely been harder to pull than the weehoo. Also, there's probably less storage capacity in the weehoo's sidebags than in a trailer, but I'm surprised at how much they do hold. We haven't had a problem stuffing the normal preschool stuff in (art projects, lunch boxes, etc). If you really want cargo capacity, you can get the double weehoo set up as one seat, one cargo box.

    In other words, pros and cons and ymmv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    Just to say, I don't have anything to tow in a trailer or cargo bike, but I've weirdly enjoyed this thread and always get a kick out of seeing cargo bikes in the wild. Would love to see a cargo bike & trailer parade around HP!
    Nothing to tow in a trailer you say? If kids aren't your thing, you could always get yourself one of these:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    I think there are pros and cons to both, but I'm surprised that from a pulling perspective you would like a trailer more -- a weehoo is just one wheel, so less resistance. I haven't ridden with many trailers, but the ones I've pulled have definitely been harder to pull than the weehoo. Also, there's probably less storage capacity in the weehoo's sidebags than in a trailer, but I'm surprised at how much they do hold. We haven't had a problem stuffing the normal preschool stuff in (art projects, lunch boxes, etc). If you really want cargo capacity, you can get the double weehoo set up as one seat, one cargo box.

    In other words, pros and cons and ymmv.
    Yeah, pros & cons.

    There may be less rolling resistance with the Weehoo, but it is much heavier -- especially compared to a single-seat trailer. And the attachment point being up on the bike makes it much harder to control. And the wheelbase being so long makes it harder to get around things. So from a pulling perspective I would vastly prefer a trailer. And from a safety perspective. But form a fun perspective the Weehoo is great. So I think it makes great sense as a recreational alternative to a traditional trailer -- or cargo bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    Nothing to tow in a trailer you say? If kids aren't your thing, you could always get yourself one of these:

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    You need to open up the sides of that trailer so your dog can put its head out into the breeze properly.

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    I'm dusting off this thread to report that I saw a Weehoo Venture on sale for 25% off last week and went for it. I'm really glad I did, my 4 yr old loves it. He lets out whoops, and asks to take the "long way home." Getting him in and out is a little tricky, and as Hozn said, a trailer is more practical and easier for the adult. But the Weehoo is way more fun for the passenger.

    The seatpost attachment is the biggest "hitch." One reason I bought new was to get a model that would work with 700c wheels. Unfortunately, my 700c bike only has a fistful of seatpost exposed, and you need a bit more than that to attach the Weehoo. So I can only use it on my 26" bike, which has a lot of seatpost showing. Boo-hoo. The other thing is, the hitch won't rotate around the seatpost properly if the bike has a lugged seat tube, which is what mine has. Putting a 1 1/16" shaft collar on my 26.8 seatpost solved the problem. This gives the Weehoo the flat surface it wants to rest on, and which most newer bikes have. The collar cost 8 bucks online, and is cheaper and more secure than three other hacks I tried.

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