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Kid Karriage Koncerns

Saturday I hooked up the Kid Karriage, loaded it up with boy, and set out for the Flushing Meadows Park bike path in 90° weather.

Distance to the park: 1 mile.

Distance to the next cold beverage after you've already passed the first drink stand you encounter on the bike path: About 5 miles. Which is actually the same drink stand.

Amount of cash in your pocket: $5

What you had to eat today: Nothing

Cost of one Frank in a Blanket and a small bottle of water at the Knish Nosh stand: $4.50

Percentage of water used to cool off little boys' heads instead of hydrating Daddy's body: 50%

Favorite moment later that night: Determining that only Daddy got sunburned.

Favorite overheard comment: "Daddy, I want one of THOSE!"

Kid Karriage usability: Terrible.

The hitch fell off the chainstay half a dozen times. It's got a safety strap that catches it so the boys don't go shooting backwards down a hill, but there's enough dangle in the strap that the arm hit my back wheel and broke a spoke or two.

I wrote to Nashbar and they had me call their tech department (which is actually a guy who does tech support for two different companies--looks like the Nashbar Kid Karriage is also sold as the Performance Rumble Seat), and he said it doesn't work with all bikes.

I said it should say that at the website.

He said there's so much variation in bicycles that he doesn't even want to get into that.

I said it could have a list of known-good bikes.

He said there's so much variation in bicycles that he doesn't even want to get into that.

I said it could have a maximum chainstay diameter notation.

He said there's so much variation in bicycles that he doesn't even want to get into that.

I said I don't think I'm being clear, and this is dangerous to children, and there could be SOME kind of note at the website that addresses the compatability issue. He said there's so much variation in bicycles that he doesn't even want to get into that.

I like the product (it was a lot of fun when it wasn't falling off), so before I decide to send it back, I'll try to make chainstay diameter a criterion for my new bike purchase. My 7100 is trashed anyway (see previous), so it could work out fine.

Because hitch problems and sunburn aside...



...we had a great day.








Update, 7:25 PM:

Out of the blue, I got email from the guy, saying sorry if he wasn't helpful, indicating that he intends to do more testing for compatability and try to make it clearer at the website, and asking me to call again. I like this a lot--I'll let you know what happens.


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