Sage has come of age.
Much to my delight, he’s been deemed ready for conveyance by bike trailer – so long as we keep to bike paths for now and take things very easy.
Hauling this form of cargo is new to me, so I’ve been researching the options over the last couple of months. The upshot? A Chariot CX1 has now joined the Tout Terrain Mule in the trailer stable (though the for off road riding, the Singletrailer is on the wishlist too). As anyone who knows a thing or two about child ferrying may be aware, these Canadian-designed trailers are considered be the crème to la crème of the baby trailer world. As well they should be: the CX1’s eyebrow-raising price tag of $850 is for the chassis alone, not counting all the parafernalia of extras.
However, it’s true to say that Chariot’s reputation stands pretty much unmatched. Their trailers have a weight-adjustable suspension system, and can be used for everything from strolling to skiing to jogging to riding. Over the years, I’ve seen them adventuring all around the world. Megan and Neva brought their Chariot Cougar to Nicaragua, and Steve Tober, my source of family biking inspiration – has one in Ecuador. For an in depth review, check out Travelling Two – recent overseas travels include Cuba. Eric, up in Alaska, has really put his through the grinder.
Our CX1 – the top of the line model, no less – is a 2011 trailer bought through bikeshophub at a healthy discount. The good news is that until they sell out, all the 2011/12 models are available for up to 35% off (aside from colours, there doesn’t seem to be much by way of changes between the years). The similarly-designed Cougar 1 is a couple of hundred dollars less and a popular touring model – it’s probably the best one to go for if you’re touring in cooler temperatures, as it doesn’t have removable side windows.
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Camera: Canon 5d Mk2 with 40mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4 lenses.