Like many new mom’s, I was eager to get back on the bike and in shape soon after Charlotte was born. Unfortunately, between working at the shop and Mike being gone on military orders, the time to hop on the road bike or hit the trails was pretty scarce. However, cycling is my stress relief, so it was necessary for me to find a way. I began to research bike trailers.
As we are a growing family, I knew that we would need a trailer that could hold two children. Although I typically ride my own bike in the road, I wasn’t keen on pulling a child trailer down the roads of Winter Park or Orlando and wanted the option to hit some dirt roads or trails when I could. With these requirements in mind, I research and tested several trailers, and finally came to the decision to purchase the Thule Chariot Chinook 2. I am excited to share the result of that purchase with you.
Like many bicycle trailers, the Chinook front wheel has a pivot and locking mode for jogging or strolling and folds away or is removable for cycling. The full side window vents are very important for temperature control, and it comes equipped with many goodies including 1st year of life accessories of an infant car seat adapter, cargo bag, head support, and accessory cross bar to mount accessories. However, there were two traits that set the Chinook apart from other trailers. While testing out the less costly trailers, I consistently found one flaw in common. If we were riding on roads that were bumpy or unfinished, the seat harness failed to hold Charlotte in place securely and she often ended slumped and looking extremely uncomfortable. This was a huge reason I fell in love with the Chinook. The Chinook five point harness is padded and supported by cushioned head and body support to keep your little one safe. This extra support adds comfort as well as safety, but best of all it had the additional feature of a reclining seat…no more droopy head when she fell asleep during our rides, Woohoo! The icing on the cake was the adjustable suspension for a smooth and stable ride, so I could continue to ride offroad and in nature.
The Chinook is a an amazing trailer, but does come with the hefty price tag of $1299.95. For the family that only intends to use this trailer periodically, an entry level trailer with less bells and whistles may be more appropriate. In addition to the price tag, all the additions and accessories make this trailer heavy, weighing in at 48.8 lbs without your little one inside. Combine that with the suspension, you will definitely not forget that the trailer is behind you. However, I like the challenge of cycling and enjoy knowing that every time I tow Charlotte in the trailer I am becoming that much more of a stronger cyclist, and most importantly, being able to enjoy my favorite past time with my family is a priority to me.