I just bought a used WeeRide Co-Pilot bike trailer. It's pretty good except for one little feature(?)

safety tabs that make your seat post do the twist like Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace

These tabs stick out on the side, and I'm assuming they're safety tabs to help you not run over your child, but for the life of me I can't figure out why. If I try to make a low-speed turn in our road (about 16') it will twist my seat around. It's less maneuverable than my regular bike trailer due to that fact.

Is there any real reason that I shouldn't follow through with my plan to grind them down/off so I can make turns safely?

  • Can you clarify - you are about to do something that will let you run over your child, and you are asking if its a bad idea?
    – mattnz
    Dec 19 '19 at 20:24
  • If the tabs didn't hit something, would the next contact be the bracket against the tube. That might not be good for the tube. You may be able to grind them down without removing them completely
    – Chris H
    Dec 20 '19 at 19:28
  • @mattnz to be clear, I don't think there's any actual risk of hitting my child. I just can't come up with any other explanation of why you would only allow about a 15 degree bend before trying to twist the seatpost out of the bike. Dec 20 '19 at 19:58
  • I can see a possibility of a child freaking out, letting go, and falling forward to the side off the trailer, but that seems pretty unlikely. Dec 20 '19 at 20:00
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    While I fully support letting common sense prevail, it is unwise to advise other people to remove safety features, and unwise for people to take advice off the internet when asking if circumventing safety features is wise.
    – mattnz
    Dec 20 '19 at 22:27

I think the only real reason why you shouldn't remove them is that if you're moving the whole thing (without anyone on it) and it violently crashes against itself (say you pick it up to store it and it slips) then the safetly tabs will take the damaage and potentially save the rest of it.

Apart from a case like that, if you're safe with how you use it, the safety tabs can be removed.

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    If the tab is there the makers had a good reason to put it there first place. So I would not remove it.
    – Carel
    Dec 20 '19 at 8:56
  • Me neither, but if modifing something makes more sense for the OP's needs, and we can't actually find a genuine reason not to. Then why not.
    – abdnChap
    Dec 20 '19 at 12:54

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