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Bike cargo trailers are amazing tools for getting more out of a bicycle -- and keeping you a out of your car. In all their variety, bike cargo trailers are the perfect tools for hauling stuff by bike.

We cover touring, commuting, errands, and generally doing more by bike -- so we don't leave out cargo bikes and conversions.

The topics of bike child trailers and trailer-cycles are covered in our Family Cycling section.

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The Latest From Family Cycling Blog

Rob’s Trike Build

Rob, a fabricator by trade, has a pretty sweet build he shared with us after buying a spring for the project:

I help put on a fundraiser for a non-profit called Kammys Kause (4p-supportgroup.org for more info).  So along with making the event happen I make something to auction off.  I was offered an old radio flyer tricycle to restore and found out I could basically buy all the parts and put it back to new.  Didn’t think that was cool so I decided I would build one.  This bike started as a ’96 GT Vertigo.  I stripped the paint and cut the rear off, polished out all the chrome and built the rear swing arm.  It has a 1/2″ solid stainless rear axle with the left side machined down and threaded 3/8 x 26 to fit all the nuts and bearing nuts so the left wheel free spins.  It’s keyed for the drive sprocket and keyed for the hub I made so the right wheel is fixed to the drive shaft.  I had a buddy replicate the font style of the original graphics but used KK and Kammys Kause in place of the GT and Vertigo.  Painted it satin white with a pearl clear. It’s mostly original besides some bolts that wouldn’t clean up and the wheels and tires.

Uuuuh.  We think it’s freakin’ awesome and that’s all we have to add!

 

Take the Kids to Paris!

I mean, why not?  And if you get homesick, we shipped over this Burley Kazoo just for you.  Happy sightseeing!  Love, BikeKidShop & Paris Blue Bike Tours

 

Hilary’s Snowy Chariot Trek

According to Hilary:

It was the first snowfall of the year, and we decided to hit the trails near home. We didn’t think it had actually snowed as much as it had or we would have put our skis on the Chariots! 2km in we realized that 6-8 inches of snow is a lot to push 2 kids in a Chariot on wheels thru! But it was beautiful!

Dominate the snowy trails this year with Chariot & Burley child trailer ski kits ($246 – $275).  And make sure to keep your children warm year-round with Chariot’s fleece bunting bag for a more pleasant and cozy stroll.

Chariot Sale! Inspirational Photos

 

 

 

 

Select 2011 and 2012 Chariots are now 25 – 35% off at BikeKidShop!  Specific pricing details listed at bottom of page.  And there are 51 shopping days til Christmas.  And we’ve already told you how awesome Chariot is as a company.  Need or want more reasons to buy yours today?  Well.  Just look at how fun it is.

Smiles + Sunshine + Helmets = Fun!

Jordan & Papa Trail-A-Bike to School

Dave and granddaughter Jordan cruise to and from school by Adams Trail-A-Bike.  “She’s the only kindergartener that gets picked up with the bike limo.”  Lucky Jordan, and love the helmet!  Enjoy those nice crisp autumn days while they last before the kiddos start complaining about the cold winter ahead — and complain and complain and complain they will!

Scott’s Trailer-Cycle Build

Another inventive Burley Trailer-Cycle / Adams Trail-A-Bike inspired build!  Here is Scott’s version:

I modified a Bob Yak trailer fork to use as a trail-a-bike attachment which allows my son to ride next to me on the trails, then I can re-attach him when we get to busier areas. I’ll be adding some pannier racks and a detachable wheel for more cargo capacity. This is not quite the finished product yet, as I will also be adding a custom paint-job and a few other accessories.

Check out our other customer attempts at trailer-cycle builds from our past post!

BUT… Here comes Betty Buzzkill (on a Friday nonetheless!!).  We love our customers’ inventiveness, but we are huge advocates of the child safety standards set in place.  We’d therefore recommend sticking to the use of professionally manufactured trailer-cycles.  Burley, in fact, recently introduced their exciting and versatile new Burley Plus Trailercycle Conversion Kit which easily converts Trailer-Cycles into high-quality free-standing children’s bikes.  And! Burley trailers and trailer-cycles are now 10% off! at BikeKidShop.  As long as we’re going down this road, don’t forget your helmets either!  If for no other reason, make it a fashion statement kiddos!

May we recommend our fun Sunlite Squeeze Horns as an accessory in-the-running?!

 

 

Nat’s Kid-Powered Bike Train

Celebrate the first days of autumn by going for a nice long bike ride with your children — all of them.  Nat attached a child trailer to his daughter’s trailer-cycle which is attached to his own bike.  The result: Bike Train!  Not to be confused with our recently reported Aussie Road Train bike and trailer.  Nat comments, “We love our bike train and have met many new friends because of the fun set-up.”  I’d like to throw it out there, however, that a train’s not a real train without it’s loud warning whistle.  Check out our new Biologic Blast Airhorn.  Then you’ve got yourself a legit locomotive!

Bike, Trailer-Cycle, Child Trailer. In that order.

(Not So) Rare Xtracycle & Burley Sighting in Flagstaff

It’s a beautiful day here in Flagstaff (with only the very slightest color enhancement).  So take a tip from this family cyclist, get out your Xtracycles, child seats, and Burley trailers, and force those children of yours to enjoy the beautiful days of summer with you while they last.  Officially you have four days left.  Ready….Go!!

End-of-Summer Chariot Sale! Chariot Company Profile

2012 model Chariot Carriers and all accessories and kits are now 20% off through September 3rd at Bike Kid Shop.  2011 model Chariot Carriers are also still currently 25 – 35% off.  Feel more comfortable buying from a company that you know and trust?  Get to know them a little better:

Every Chariot Carrier is proudly designed and engineered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  We are guided by principles such as family togetherness, outdoor activities, health and fitness, balanced lifestyles, environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and an ongoing commitment to transforming your family outings into unforgettable memories.

Sound like the kind of company you feel good about buying from, being the responsible consumer and parent that you are? Ashley Wong from Thule Child Transport Systems gives us more insight into the company.

 

 

BSH:  When was Chariot founded?

AW:   The company was founded by Dan Britton in 1992. Dan is still with the company and is the Director of Innovation.

BSH:  Can you give us a brief history from the inspiration behind and birth of Chariot to the company it is today with a very strong global presence?

AW:   Enhancing active lives with innovative child mobility products. Chariot provides safe, innovative, high-quality child transportation products to help active parents maintain and encourage healthy outdoor lifestyles with their children.

Mark and Archie Head to Work

Mark and son Archie have an 8 mile commute by bike to work.  “He loves the top bar seat as he can constantly ask me questions along the way!”  Love the stylish helmet and boots Archie!