Several months ago my cousin, Angie, decided not to get a child trailer to attach to her bicycle. She admitted to being pretty nervous about hauling Camille around on the car-centric streets of Phoenix. Since then, she's had a change of heart, which I attribute to her increased comfort with pedaling around town on her Electra. She uses bike lanes and has learned to research routes to find the most bikable streets when the most direct route doesn't feel as accommodating. She told me last month that she had purchased a used trailer that she found on Craig's List for a good price. We decided to take trailer and Camille to the farmer's market the next time I was in town.
So, last weekend I folded up the Dahon and loaded it up into the rear of the Element and off to the Valley I went. I arrived at 10:30 a.m. to find Camille still sleepy-eyed from her nap and quite a bit taller. Sleepy or not, she was happy to help me unload the car and hold my cute Nutcase helmet u-lock while I wheeled my little red bike on to the front porch. She commented on how pretty it was. Ah, the seed is being planted young, so the roots will grow deep.
|Angie sets up the frame of the trailer.|
My cousin, the once novice rider, has gone where I never have in utility cycling; she can attach her own bike trailer in 8 minutes flat!
Damn! I had no idea how easy it was. Honestly, I thought it would be such an ordeal that I found it a little hard to imagine that I'd ever own one (for groceries or the dogs).
|A handmade basket is the best way to carry home heirloom tomatoes.|
|So easy, even a non-mom can do it!|
So anyway, both of us noticed that the trailer had a rather significant lean to the right. We stopped and inspected it for safety. Nothing appeared loose so we decided to push on until we got back to Angie's house. She and her husband Doug could work on straightening it out before the next ride. The other thing I noticed was that the trailer was a bit difficult to back up and turn around on a curve. At one point, I had to lift the trailer in order to change directions. Camille doesn't weight much so it wasn't particularly heavy, just awkward. I like to check out some other trailers to see how this problem is resolved on other designs. I suspect that a trailer with a single wheel might be easier to navigate.
|Someone wishing she had a bike trailer in her life.|