Last weekend we were out cycling when we spotted something different on the bike path: a recumbent-style trailer for kids.
We weren’t quick enough to get a photo of it but later we searched online and discovered that we’d seen the WeeHoo trailer.
Weehoo trailer in use. Photo by SheBicycles on flickr
We’re still getting a lot of use out of our Chariot Cougar 1 trailer but the WeeHoo is an intriguing solution as Luke grows up. In another year or so (when he’s 2+ years old), we think he’d love this. We like the look of it better than a standard tag-along bike because it would allow him to relax (read, sleep, play) while riding.
It’s also reasonably affordable: $399 from REI.
From what we’ve read so far, the trailer gets fairly positive reviews online. We’ve seen comments such as:
I cannot stress enough how much my kid loves this thing. Between the harness and the pedal straps I’m not worried about her at all. We whip through curvy sidewalk approaches, ride over and off of curbs, hit potholes, have managed to hit 28 mph… all without the first sign of problems.
My daughter is strapped in with a nice, comfortable harness in a cushy seat. Her weight is down low where it doesn’t affect the feel of my bike. The hitch is completely different from other trailers. It uses your seat post as an axle which eliminates almost all loose play. It comes with bags which, while not as quality as nice panniers, are great for putting your kid’s stuff in. Not only can your kid snack while peddling, the Weehoo comes with a cup holder and pocket for snacks that your kid can reach. My daughter can take a little snooze after a long day.
The main downfall of the WeeHoo seems to be its weight: it’s a hefty 15kg or 35 pounds. Tackling the Alps with this trailer might be out of the question but it but it should be fine for touring around the flatter parts of the world. On the other hand, some people don’t seem to take any notice of the weight!
And, for families with more than one kid, WeeHoo’s Facebook page suggests that a new double trailer will be hitting the market soon.
Do you have any experience with the WeeHoo trailer? Leave a comment.