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Box Bike Review
Mother Earth News 2013 click here for link The Box Bike from Wike offers affordable and dependable transportation that can carry up to 100 pounds (45 kg) of cargo.The heavy-duty box includes two Âfive-point harnesses for children. Features include a Shimano Nexus 3-speed internal-gear hub, full chainguard, lights, and integrated wheel lock and chain.
Mother Earth News - 2009 - Wike Softie
This article appeared in Mother Earth News, April 2009. by Steve Maxwell
My wife and I have raised four kids from infancy to school age, and with each new baby, our bike riding together stopped for a while as we took turns staying home and looking after the latest little one. Not this time. Most mornings these days, our new adopted daughter comes with us in a bike trailer that also doubles as the easiest stroller Iâ€™ve ever pushed. This kind of rig right now isnâ€™t new, but there are several reasons why we chose the Wike Softie ($549 at 866-584-9452; www.wicycle.com) to make our lifestyle more pedal-friendly.
High quality design and workmanship were key. We tried several different bike trailers over the last few years, but we never found one that was built as well and the folded as compactly as the Wike. Another unique feature is the suspension. The entire seating carriage rests on two zigzag supports made of a resilient polymer. Not all of Wikeâ€™s trailers have this feature, but if you plan to ride on gravel roads and forest trails, that couple inches of suspension makes the ride much smoother.
There is one thing you need to watch our for with a Wike: A pair of chrome pipes snap together, one above the other on the right-hadn side of the unit as itâ€™s unfolding for use. Unless youâ€™re careful, youâ€™ll get your fingers pinched between these pipes and the stationary part of the metal frame. Itâ€™s not difficult to avoid, but it did take me two encounters before I learned my lesson.
Wikeâ€™s corporate philosophy was another big part of our buying decision. Their products are made in a small North American facility, and are sold directly (and exclusively) to customers via the Internet. There are less expensive bike trailers on the market (and some that cost more), but not other company convinced me I was buying from a business that Iâ€™d like to work for myself.
With the Wike we get fresh air, exercise that doubles as family time, and an easy way to make more bike-powered errands. Except for a sore index finger, Iâ€™m happy.
Gear Review - 2005 - Wike Deluxe (Moonlite) Review
By Jon Sharp, gearreview.com, July 2005
When the Wike arrived here at GearReview, I was excited to test it. It being a child trailer and all, I figured I’d need to find some children to strap in for the review. Immediately, an extensive search was conducted all over the area, looking for two children suitable as test subjects in this review. After some intense pressure on the part of my wife, I finally settled on my own children. They were, after all, readily available. Besides, I didn’t know how to word the release note I would be legally required to obtain.
Wike claims many thingsâ€” not the least of which is â€œFastest folding bike trailer.â€ I assume they mean folding and unfolding it is fast, not that it is a folding trailer that moves quickly. In order to be fast, I feel, it also has to be simple and this, it is. The wheels remove by pushing a button in the center of the axle, and can be stowed inside the trailer. The rest of the trailer folds by removing a pin and pushing it down. This was a simple and remarkably quick process. When folded it is surprisingly compact.
The Wike connects to the bike via a doughnut-shaped elastomer hitch. On the bike, a simple metal bracket is threaded on to the non-drive side rear quick-release. This allows the trailer to be connected to any bike with an axle. There is also a safety strap that connects to the bike in case of failure (most trailers have this). Technically, this means that you can even connect the Moonlite to a disc brake-equipped bikeâ€”though when I tried this, I didn’t have room for the safety strap. This connection does a great job of being out of the way and keeping the trailer upright when the bike is lying down. The Wike comes with two bike brackets. As far as I know, this is the only child trailer that comes with mounts enough for two bikes.
The mesh screen on the Wike is made of window screen material. For this reason, it is thin, flexible, and keeps out the bugs. Both the mesh screen and the plastic window (for the rain and cold) fasten to the trailer via a hook-and-loop border around the edge. This worked pretty well, though I found I didn’t always get it on straight enough for a proper fit and it could take more than one try.
The Wike is a little narrower than other trailers I’ve tried, which wouldn’t help when the subjects fought. (Which, of course, mine never did.) Combined with the rounded front profile, the width helped it feel a little less like dragging a parachute behind me. Our test Wike also came with the optional stroller and jogger kit (99USD). The conversion was simple and both attachments were solid and worked well. The stroller wheel can be left attached and swiveled out of the way when not in use. This means changes between trailer and stroller can take place anywhereâ€”and quickly, at that. The floor is hard (nice for the children climbing in and out), and there is storage under the seat. There is also an exterior large storage area in the backâ€”good for groceries or the extra wheel from the jogger attachment.
Besides the 2 person version tested here, Wike also makes a single-occupancy trailer. The double comes with 2 plain 5-point harnesses that can be converted to a single 5-point harness for 1 child to sit in the middle. There is also an optional Padded Shoulder Harness (15USD) for smaller children. Little children also benefit from the optional Helmet Relief Cushion (20USD) which sits behind the occupant to give the child more room for a helmet on a disproportionately large head.
As with most child trailers, every Wike comes standard with a bright orange safety flag, wheel reflectors and reflective stripes. The Moonlite holds children up to 52 inches tall, with a maximum weight capacity of 100 lbs. (For your sake, we hope the actual total weight is much lower than that.)
Summary: Wike is a well-made, light-weight, and versatile child trailer. The storage compartments are well placed (meaning, the subjects could reach them while secured safely in their 5-point harnesses) and spacious. The 314USD price tagâ€”299USD for the singleâ€”is pretty reasonable, especially considering that each Wike is made individually when the order is placed. Again, construction is top-notch. If you are looking for a light-weight, foldable child trailer, we recommend to first, take a good look at the Wike, and second, take a long ride with your children.
Jon Sharp is a contributing editor for GearReview.com specializing in mountain biking.
Adventure Cycling - April 2004
The full trailer comparison is available as a downloadable pdf.
Wike has been making bike trailers in Guelph, Ontario for the last ten years and their new Moonlight child trailer - available only via their website - may be the best value in this review. Sporting a unique, aerodynamic shape, itâ€™s a light, stable trailer that dispels the notion cyclists must spend $400 for a high-quality child trailer. The simple rear-skewer-axle hitch is easy to use and the hitch arm, or tongue, easily rotates back and converts to a minimalist stroller arm - the only trailer to convert to a stroller without additional accessories. The Moonlight also folds up for storage and transport as easily and compactly as any child trailer tested here.
From the passengerâ€™s perspective, the Moonlight has huge window coverage and the most legroom in the test - the only real minus is the lack of padding on the harness straps. The plastic floor is durable, but can be noisy if thereâ€™s a loose toy bouncing around. Also, while the Moonlightâ€™s status as the lightest child trailer in this review (beating the Burley by a few ounces) is even more impressive given that it includes a stroller conversion, it should be noted that the stroller is very simple, with a narrow, one-handed handle and no front wheels. A jogging stroller conversion kit - with a full width handle and front wheel - is available as an accessory. Finally, the Moonlight is a bit lacking in rear cargo capacity - two grocery bags max.
Slight capacity hit aside, the Moonlight tracks as smooth and stable as any trailer we pulled. Itâ€™s available only on the Wike website and its price includes shipping and a 15-day money-back guarantee.
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