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Old 16.04.2011, 13:49
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Cycling with kids -- trail-a-bikes and trailer bikes

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We're in the market for a bike trailer (eying the Croozer 2 or Chariot Cougar 2) and something no one mentioned is how does it fare in shopping situations? I have only once seen a very slim style of bike trailer-stroller in the COOP but I wasn't paying attention to the brand.

If you use your kids' bike trailer as a stroller, could you advise as to how it fits through supermarket checkouts? Thanks!

(By the way the average COOP/Migros measures 77-79cm at the checkout, as far as my experience has been. Yes, I measure, and yes, I got stares)
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today we were out with Kid#3 (3 months) in the Bike trailer (chariot), Kid#2 (3yrs) on the Follow-me (he can ride, but doesnt yet have the endurance) and Kid#1 (5 yrs) riding alone. I must say it is nice having a life again
There are lots of cycle paths here, and all types of trailers & cycle additives and preservatives are seen here. As far as you wallet may carry you
These kids are now 2,5 & 7.. I still use the bike trailer 3-5 times a week, and have used it for 7 years now. So the 1000chf+ "investment" for the chariot cougar 2 seater has been well worth it. We bought this one as it had the best safety report at the time. Some tip when going around corners on the road.

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.... (eying the Croozer 2 or Chariot Cougar 2) and something no one mentioned is how does it fare in shopping situations? I have only once seen a very slim style of bike trailer-stroller in the COOP but I wasn't paying attention to the brand.
I go through the wheelchair checkout, as the trailer is as wide as a wheelchair. (Fundamentally i think it is pretty unfair that people in wheelchairs dont fit thru every checkout, but thats a different thread)

Or I pile everything on the conveyor belt, and walk thru the "in" door again.. But hey, thats just me

Or i park the beast near all the old ladies shopping trolley bags, use a normal cart, and load the gear in, at the end.
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Old 16.04.2011, 16:55
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These kids are now 2,5 & 7.. I still use the bike trailer 3-5 times a week, and have used it for 7 years now. So the 1000chf+ "investment" for the chariot cougar 2 seater has been well worth it. We bought this one as it had the best safety report at the time. Some tip when going around corners on the road.

I go through the wheelchair checkout, as the trailer is as wide as a wheelchair. (Fundamentally i think it is pretty unfair that people in wheelchairs dont fit thru every checkout, but thats a different thread)

Or I pile everything on the conveyor belt, and walk thru the "in" door again.. But hey, thats just me

Or i park the beast near all the old ladies shopping trolley bags, use a normal cart, and load the gear in, at the end.
That's my thinking-only I wish I'd thought about it before I bought half a dozen other strollers. Just came home with my spanking new chariot a few minutes ago and I'll give it a test-drive for groceries on Monday. Thanks for the advise; I get nervous with these things (going through the "in" door, parking it next to the oldies' bags..) as if someone will arrest me for taking up too much social space!

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bring our mountains bikes. Our almost five year old has a little bike with training wheels, but since she's not supposed to be on a public road until she's seven, we're not going to bring it.
My daughter is cycling along with me in town since she was 51/2 and i've never had a problem with it. Sometimes she rides on the pavement and i cycle on the road.
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.... Just came home with my spanking new chariot a few minutes ago and I'll give it a test-drive for groceries on Monday. Thanks for the advise; I get nervous with these things (going through the "in" door, parking it next to the oldies' bags..) as if someone will arrest me for taking up too much social space!

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Who said that you should do something that scares you every day, just to stay alive...

"Arresting you" made me smile..

If you're blonde, you could always deal them the "dumb blonde" card, else the "silly hausfrau" line if someone gets in your way (but i'm not giving away too many of my little secrets here)

Just like spiders, these locals are probably more scared of you, than you are of them..
Oh, I love this response! If i could thank you twice I would. OT: I'm not blonde but I am much darker than most locals which can help in playing the "civilization is all so new to me" card .

As for the Chariot.. gorgeously smooth ride! We chose it over the Croozer (if anyone reading here is considering the Croozer 2, one should note it has no suspension and makes for a bumpy ride for the kids. Spacious though and a good price at 649chf).

And sorry if this seems obvious to some, but I hadn't thought it would be such a significant workout hauling 2 kids on a slight incline. I've only seen long-legged swiss women gliding by with the trailers and dreamt I'd look just like them. Not a chance. It also didn't help that my son kept saying 'Mummy why are we going SOOOO slow?".
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