Our Favorite Bike Trailers Reviewed & Fully Compared
Well if you buy one of the bike trailers from our list that problem is solved! A good bike trailer attaches to your bicycle and carries your child (or children with two seat models) safely in comfort while you pedal away the miles, soaking up the scenery and creating family memories that will last a lifetime.
The models on our list come with a wide range of features such as cargo storage, weather protection options, and conversion to strollers or even car seats.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 14 hrs of research
- Includes strolling wheels
- Jogging and cross-country skiing kits available for purchase
- Very comfortable
- Thule Chariot Cross
- Burley Bee
- Allen Sports Aluminum
- Burley d’Lite
- Allen Sports Steel
- InStep Sierra Double
- InStep Quick N EZ
- InStep Sync Single
- InStep Take 2
- Hamax Outback
- Schwinn Trailblazer
- Aosom Two-in-One
- Weehoo Turbo
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Bike Trailers
1. Thule Chariot Cross
- Includes strolling wheels
- Jogging and cross-country skiing kits available for purchase
- Very comfortable
- Stroller settings not adjustable
- Rain shield can limit airflow
The Thule Chariot Cross was designed with athletic families in mind. This is best suited for rugged terrain and rides that may last a few hours at a time, so true comfort and safety were at the forefront of their design. If marathons or high-intensity workouts sound about right, this is a great choice for you.Read more
It’s a quick setup and teardown is just as fast, so you won’t be wasting your time. For teardown, a clip was included that will keep the unit folded, even if stored upright so users won’t have to worry about it opening unintentionally. The product converts to a stroller, so when you reach your destination, simply turn it into a stroller and the passengers never have to leave the interior.
Strategically padded seats and harnesses in key areas allow for a longer, more enjoyable ride. The adjustable suspension system will shine on uneven terrain. Added with the 20-inch wheels which will smooth out any remaining bumps and rough terrain, passengers are sure to have a smooth ride for hours on end. The seats recline independently of one another for added comfort. The included sun shade is one of the largest on the market and will protect passengers from heat and harmful UV rays. The back mesh allows for airflow right behind passengers’ heads for proper ventilation.
The rear cargo space is a pocket about 20 x 9 inches so it’s rather small, but it can attach to the top of the frame and keep the unit more aerodynamic.
Seats two. Weight Capacity: 99 pounds. Weight: 32 pounds. External width: 24 inches. External Height: 44 inches.
The unit includes a 5-point harness system so passengers remain safe. It’s made with a solid roll cage with a top frame bar plus an additional handlebar that will fold forward for added safety. It includes an adjustable sunshade to protect passengers from the heat and UV rays. The frame indicates when it’s in proper place during assembly by turning from red to green for additional safety.
Constructed with an aluminum frame, plus steel and nylon parts with a polyester cover, users can rest assure the passengers will always be safe.
It comes with a 30-day limited warranty, which is one of the shortest warranties on the market.
This product is perfect for athletic families who need outstanding comfort and safety. If the goal is trips around the neighborhood a couple of times a week, this option may be a bit much. For the price and weight, an alternative choice may be a better buy. But if rugged terrain and high-intensity passes are definitely in the near future, this may be right for you.
2. Burley Bee
- Best hitch design
- Water resistant
- Excellent value
- Durable construction
- No padding
- No bottom reinforcement
- No suspension
- Doesn’t convert into jogger or multi-sport conversion kit
The Burley Bee is a great buy at a low price. With low weight, excellent safety features, easy setup and teardown, and large wheels, you can’t go wrong. It’s perfect for families looking for a casual biking option.Read more
This unit is very easy to set up and go. It can be folded down with ease for storage and quick transport. And its 20-inch push-button wheels make it easy while also adding comfort to each ride.
There’s minor suspension from twin hammock-style seats, but there is no padding, so comfort can be a minor issue.
It has a rear cargo area available for storage. There are a couple interior pockets for snacks and cups.
Seats two. Weight: 20 pounds and is one of the lightest on the market. Inside width: 22.5 inches. Inside height: 27.5 inches. Max load: 100 pounds.
The standard 5-point harness to keep passengers buckled in. It has tinted side and rear windows rated UPD 30 to protective from sunlight and harmful UV rays. Reflective materials and mirrors for improved visibility in low light. The water-repellant cover is mildew resistant and will protect passengers from the rain.
The 600D, high-grade polyester will stand up to stretching and sun bleaching. The heat-treated aluminum frame tubes and hinges will withstand everyday use and keep passengers safe.
A manufacturer warranty which covers for fabric and parts is included. Plastic and frame are covered for three years.
Great buy for trips around town at an affordable price, plus it has one of the longest manufacturer warranties on this list.
3. Allen Sports Aluminum
- The velcro cover attaches easily to the frame
- Large mesh opening for access to passengers
- Seats don’t sag, harness clasp is higher than other products in its category
- Included suspension system
- Less foot room than other options
- Not fully waterproof
- Small interior pockets
The Allen Sports Aluminum did a great job looking at issues other products were having and then solving them. With excellent comfort features and durable construction at a reasonable price, this is a great buy for families who love to hit the road.Read more
It includes a quick setup and folding design, plus the hitch mount easily attaches to the bicycle. The quick-release wheels allow it to be quickly stored away.
The twenty-inch inflated wheels and suspension system help keep passengers comfortable on bumpy terrain. Padded seats are sewn into the base rather than the sides, thereby eliminating sag. It also adds an extra layer between the ground and any bumps that may occur. An adjustable handlebar and wheel attachment comes standard, allowing it to convert to a stroller. The two-in-one rain and bug shield keep passengers dry and insect-free no matter the weather.
Features interior pockets for drinks and snacks.
Seats two. Weight Capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 28 pounds. Interior Width: 22 inches. Exterior Width: 30 inches. Height: 35 inches.
The standard 5-point harness keeps passengers safe. The two-in-one rain and bug shield keeps passengers clean and dry throughout the trip. The included safety flag alerts nearby traffic in low-visibility conditions.
Made with durable Nylon, buyers can rest assured the cover can withstand normal wear and tear. The foot guard is made of strong, rubberized plastic that won’t rip. The aluminum frame keeps passengers safe without added weight.
It comes with a limited manufacturer warranty.
This is a great, quality product, especially for the price. With an included suspension system, seats sewn into the base eliminating sag, plus a foot guard, most families would be quite happy with this option. While it may not be entirely waterproof, it does eliminate most rainwater while still providing a quality ride.
4. Burley d’Lite
- Great hitch
- Full roll cage
- Stroller conversion
- Sun protection
- Washable seat pad
- Difficult to put away
- Not watertight
- Noisy parking brake
- Slipping suspension control
The Burley d’Lite did a great job considering the interior space for its passengers. With great comfort, bonus safety features, and a quick install and tear down, this is a great option for longer rides.Read more
The tow arm and hitch install quickly so you can get moving faster. The 20-inch, quick-release wheels allow the unit to quickly fold down for storage. An adjustable, padded handlebar and parking brake are included to convert the product into a stroller or jogger with available kits.
It includes reclining seats for additional comfort. Bowed-out sides create added interior space with more shoulder room. The recessed helmet pocket allows children with helmets more head space so they can move their heads around more easily. The adjustable suspension system softens bumps from the road. Simply change the setting depending on the terrain for that day.
Interior pockets allow storage for snacks and drinks. The rear cargo area stores extra gear, food or toys.
Seats two. Weight: 28 pounds. Weight limit: 100 pounds. Inside width: 22.5 inches. Interior height: 25.5 inches.
The 5-point padded harness system helps keep passengers safe on the ride. The retractable sun shield helps protect passengers from the bright sun. UV-protected and tinted side windows protect passengers from harmful rays while providing excellent visibility. The interior roll cage keeps passengers safe in case the unit was to flip. Reflective materials and a safety flag for enhanced visibility come included for added safety in low visibility situations.
It comes with weather-resistant shields in case rain were to strike. A light aluminum frame keeps passengers safe without unnecessary weight.
This trailer comes with one of the best warranties on this list. Fabric and parts are covered for 1 year. Plastic parts are covered for five years. The frame is covered for five years.
The reclining seats and adjustable suspension are great for longer runs, ensuring your passengers will be more comfortable for longer periods of time. The roll cage and aluminum frame ensure constant safety making this a great buy.
5. Allen Sports Steel
- Foot guard tube
- Customers state it folds flat enough to leave wheels on during storage
- Doesn’t convert to a jogger or stroller
- No suspension
The Allen Sports Steel has a great comfort feature with the foot guard which doubles as a safety and maintenance feature. It’s a great option for trips around town at a low price.Read more
The easy fold design with quick-release wheels make for quick storage. The sixteen-inch pneumatic wheels provide a comfortably smooth ride. It also has a foot guard tube to keep passengers’ feet from hitting the ground causing injury, plus damage to the product itself. It easily attaches to most bicycles and doesn’t require any tools for assembly.
The two-in-one weather shield protects passengers from both rain and bugs. The foot guard tube helps keep passengers’ feet from striking the ground causing injury to passengers or causing the base to strike the ground causing damage.
The rear cargo area can store helmets, food, drinks and other small items.
Seats two. Weight capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 25 pounds. Interior width: 15 inches. Interior Height: 22 inches.
A standard 5-point safety harness is included. A safety flag is also included to alert passersby in low-light conditions. The included rain shield protects passengers from rain water. A basic roll cage helps protect passengers if the unit were to flip.
Made of lightweight steel, the frame guarantees safety without the added weight.
The product comes with a limited manufacturer warranty and it does not cover wear and tear.
This is great buy for the family looking for basic transportation around town. With the included foot guard, it has reduced wear and tear, plus it keeps passengers safe. It quickly assembles for a faster get-up-and-go.
6. InStep Sierra Double
- Included conversion kit
- Turns well
- Doesn’t flip even when empty
- No sagging
- Reports of front wheel swiveling even when in jogger mode
- Reports of wobbly rear wheels
The InStep Sierra Double is a great choice for a stroller converter at a lower price. The comfort features ensure a great ride for the passengers. If you don’t mind a heavier stroller, this may be a fantastic option.Read more
The twelve-inch front and sixteen-inch rear pneumatic tires provide performance and reliability. The folding frame and quick-release wheels provide easy, hassle-free storage options. The included stroller kit comes with a swiveling front wheel and handlebar which allow a quick conversion to a stroller. Once you reach your destination, you can have a working stroller in minutes.
It’s the perfect size for toddlers, even with helmets. With the padded seat, the kids will be able to enjoy their ride much longer. The padded harness ensures the straps don’t bind or cut into their shoulders. The pneumatic tires help ensure a smoother ride so the passengers will have fun for even longer.
Interior pouches are included to hold cups or toys, plus a small storage area behind the seat stores small items, such as snacks, extra layers or water.
Seats two. Weight limit: 100 pounds. Weight: 33 pounds, so it is one of the heavier products on this list. Exterior width 32.5 inches. Exterior height 31.2 inches. Interior width 22 inches. Inside height 25 inches.
It comes with a 5-point harness with padded, adjustable shoulder straps keep kids safe and comfortable. A tall, removable orange flag and reflectors help others see the vehicle from a safe distance. An included parking brake provides added safety while in stroller mode.
The included two-in-one canopy includes a bug screen and weather shield so passengers are safe from the elements. The steel frame ensures passengers are always safe without the concern of wear and tear.
One-year manufacturer warranty is included.
This is a great buy for those looking for a product that easily converts to a stroller. The pneumatic wheels help guarantee that it can tolerate almost any terrain. With a lower price tag than other competitors here, you won’t break the bank.
7. InStep Quick N EZ
- Converts to a push stroller
- Plenty of rear cargo storage space
- Lightweight even when biking uphill
- Bottom may sag with two children inside
- It may be a snug fit for two kids
- Parking brake is a strap you have to engage
The InStep Quick N EZ is true to its name. It assembles and breaks down with ease. Its pneumatic tires help ensure a smooth ride at all times. It’s on the heavier end of the products on this list, but users claim that it feels incredibly light, even when biking uphill. It’s a great buy if you don’t mind the price tag.Read more
With a folding frame design, the quick-release wheels make storage very easy. The sixteen-inch pneumatic tires work well in even the most difficult terrain. An included stroller kit allows you to quickly convert your trailer into a stroller. A universal coupler allows you to easily connect and disconnect the unit from a bicycle.
The padded, sling-style seat is great for small kids, although some reports of sagging have occurred.
Interior side pockets are available for drinks, snacks or small toys. The cargo area in the rear allows enough storage for a blanket and food.
Seats two. Max Capacity: 100 pounds. Weight: 33 pounds and is one of the heaviest options on this list.
The standard 5-point safety harness and shoulder pads keep passengers safe. A two-in-one weather screen operates as a bug screen and weather shield for rain and direct sunlight, plus protects against insects entering the vehicle.
A steel and metal frame help ensure safety at all times.
This product comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.
This is a great product for adventurous, outdoorsy families who need a unit that can keep up.
8. InStep Sync Single
- Rarely jerks, even on quick turns
- Fits almost any bicycle
- Also works as dog trailer
- Stroller kit sold separately
- Some reports of tire blowouts
The InStep Sync Single is a great product if the goal is a simple, around-town vehicle at a great price. It’s on the lighter end and still pulls smoothly, even when empty.Read more
The simple folding frame design makes storage very easy with a quick-release wheel. Setup should take a maximum of fifteen minutes. The coupler hitch easily attaches to most bicycles so you can get moving faster.
The sixteen-inch pneumatic tires make for a comfortable ride. A two-in-one screen shield protects passengers from both rain and bugs. The sling seat isn’t padded but is great for one child.
It has rear cargo space that is large enough for snacks, diapers and water bottles.
Seats one. Weight capacity: 40 pounds. Weight: 23 pounds. Exterior width: 25 inches. Exterior height: 31 inches.
It comes with a standard 5-point safety harness. The included safety flag makes sure others see the vehicle from a distance. The two-in-one screen shield protects passengers from both rain and insects.
The steel and metal frame help ensure safety at all times.
It comes with a full one-year manufacturer guarantee for durability and safety. The manufacturer is known to provide new tire tubes for tire blowouts.
This is a great product for the price. While the wheels may be an issue, the manufacturer backs their replacement. With the included two-in-one screen shield, your passenger will be safe and dry in rain or shine.
9. InStep Take 2
- Very light
- Easy to assemble
- Useful weather cover
- Compacts well
- Array of safety features
- Seats two
- No tools required to assemble or attach
- Rims of poor quality, may cause other tire damage
- Doesn't fit a large variaty of bicycles
The Instep Take 2 is suitable for larger, busier, families. It is made to make bringing your children along as accessible as possible, an economic choice for the family who doesn’t want their budget to stop them from having fun.Read more
The Take 2 is a very easy option to utilize. It assembles with no tools, attaches to the mount with no tools as well. It is also easily transportable, noted as being incredibly light and folds up in a moment at the owner's convenience.
The Take 2, as its name suggests, contains enough room to comfortably seat two passengers. Although the seats are not padded, and the seat just suspends itself, most Take 2 users suggest that nothing but the most difficult terrain will disrupt your child’s ride. The seatbelts are also adjustable and not too tight or uncomfortable.
The extra cargo space is advertised as being able to hold an extra 12lbs of gear. While not negatively remarked upon, most users talk of the storage space as serviceable, neither good nor bad.
The Instep Take 2 weighs 23lbs and measures at 32in x 27in x 6in. The weight capacity is two 40lb children. The tires attached to the Take 2 are 16 inches and have air tubes with a corrected psi of 25, some suggest opting out of the stock tire tubes and investing in a gel tire tube for longer tire life and a smoother, more controlled ride.
It is fitted with reflective material to keep your children visible, and in turn, safe. The passengers of the Take 2 is fitted with a five-point safety harness to make sure they stay securely in place during your ride. Additionally, a safety flag is provided so it can be seen despite its low height; just like with the reflective material, visibility is key to safety.
The Instep Take 2 is a durably built unit. The weather canopy is well built and protects your children from the elements.
An economic choice, more than serviceable in terms of what of a family could need and expect and is available at one of the lowest prices on this list.
10. Hamax Outback
- Very durable
- Plush comfortable seats
- Large wheels situated for many different types of terrain
- Converts to a stroller/jogger
- Large amounts of storage space
- Well ventilated
- Easily attached
- Suspended seating
- Zippers at securing points
The Hamax Outback is an extremely well-reviewed product, highly praised by everyone who has had the opportunity to use it. Not only is this a well constructed and responsive unit but it also converts into a stroller and a jogger easily, making this the all in one convenience that could be perfect for your family.Read more
The Outback, first and foremost, transitions through all of its forms with relative ease. Moving from stroller to jogger and back again as well as attaching to the back of a bicycle with just a few simple snaps. It folds down easily as well. The one apprehension its owners have voiced, in terms of ease of use is that the Hamax Outback is pretty heavy.
Owners of the Hamax Outback praise its well-padded seats, claiming the comfort they provide borders on luxurious. The canopy is well ventilated, protecting the passengers from the heat of the sun from beating down. Your passengers are also ensured a smooth ride, its large tires making sure they aren’t bumped or bothered no matter the terrain.
The Outback’s storage space is highly praised, large and spacious for the long trail rides or walks it was built to endure.
The Outback weighs 44lbs and measures 43in x 34in x 37.5in and it seats two.
Hamax designed the Outback with the safety of its passengers in mind. From its reflective outer covering to its five-point securing harness, Hamax wants to make sure your children stay safe. The Outback is also designed with a low center of gravity, which allows for a large amount of control and minimizes the chance of accidents.
The construction of Hamax’s Outback is noteworthy. It has a durable and long lasting build and is made from quality materials. From the choice in canopy material to allow for better ventilation to its inclusion of zippers over Velcro anchors, the Hamax Outback is built with high standards.
There is no getting around it, the Hamax Outback is an expensive piece of equipment. It comes in at almost three times the cost of other options, but that actually makes a lot of sense since you are getting three times the product. The quality that Hamax has been able to provide combined with the versatility of different units that can switch between each other seamlessly and the cost soon easily justifies itself.
11. Schwinn Trailblazer
- Easy to assemble
- Folds up easily
- Smooth ride
- Not compatiable with all bikes
- Canopy heat and durability issues
Schwinn is a brand that many cyclists have come to rely upon. Schwinn also offers other more family oriented vehicles like trailers and jogging strollers. The Trailblazer comes with the same level of brand dependability as anything else Schwinn produces.Read more
The Schwinn is an easily foldable and transportable for the family who wants to get out and running. The Trailblazer’s wheels do remove for transportation. This product has some compatibility issues, not being able to attach to some bike models.
The seating is comfortable, if not supported or padded. The Trailblazer is made with large wheels to ensure a smooth and easy ride for its passengers. The only issue that might be a problem is the canopy is said to hold in too much heat to be comfortable, which should be something parents should be aware of especially if they have younger children.
The storage space holds a 12lbs capacity which isn’t a negligible amount of storage but isn’t remarkable either.
The Schwinn Trailblazer weighs 21lbs and has a carrying capacity of one 40lb passenger.
A visibility flag is included, so that someone can see the shorter carriage if it happens to be moving under their line of sight. The canopy material is reflective, also for the sake of visibility.
The wheels are noted as being of exceptional quality, unsurprising from a company known for its bicycles, but some users note the durability issues with the canopy, reporting early wear and tear.
While not the most economic on this list, this option can certainly be called affordable. And while it may not be the highest quality product on this list, the Schwinn Trailblazer is still a reliable piece of gear and a deal at its low price.
12. Aosom Two-in-One
- Comes with stroller kit
- No jerking or swaying, even when empty
- Front wheel remains straight which can be an issue when using this as a stroller
- Only 57 pound weight limit
The Aosom Two-in-One easily and quickly converts to a stroller, which is perfect when a destination is met. The hand-brake is a great added detail. However, the 57-pound weight limit may pose an issue for some. But a low price tag may make this the perfect buy.Read more
With the included stroller conversion kit, this product easily converts into a stroller in seconds with no tools. The twenty-inch aluminum, quick-release wheels easily traverse uneven terrain, maintaining comfort for both passengers and rider.
The sling seat comes standard but may become uncomfortable for long rides. The two-in-one weather canopy protects passengers in both sun and rain.
The rear cargo area is great for holding small items, like snacks or water.
Seats two. Weight limit: 57 pounds. Weight: 327 pounds. Exterior width: 42 inches. Exterior height: 36 inches.
It comes with a 5-point safety harness. An included hand-lock brake system on the rear wheel for added safety when stopped or not in use.
The strong, lightweight aluminum frame helps ensure safety without added weight.
It comes with a one-year limited manufacturer warranty.
This is a great buy, especially at the low price. It’s a quality build and easily converts to a stroller with no additional tools. The twenty-inch wheels make sure it’s a comfortable ride, even when going over bumpy terrain. The low weight capacity may pose an issue for some.
13. Weehoo Turbo
- The product can be used by children older than most options on this list (up to 9 years old)
- Single or double rider option
- Quickly assembles for use
- Weather protective gear available for purchase
- No cover from the elements or road debris
- Less convenient to store
- Nylon isn’t very resilient
The only non-enclosed product on this list but it still certainly deserves a spot. This recumbent allows passengers to participate in the trip if desired, or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. It has a reasonable price tag, especially since it can last for up to seven years for each passenger.Read more
This is a recumbent model, so riders can help pedal, which, in turn, helps take some of the stress off the biker, or the passengers can simply relax or sleep while on the road. The unit works both off-road and in urban areas. The seat is adjustable so it can be placed according to the rider’s height. When you reach your destination, the unit disassembles in about five minutes.
Since most kids have extra energy they would love to exert, this product allows them to help pedal. Handles on the sides help make the rider feel engaged during the ride. If they choose to not pedal along, they can simply relax and enjoy the view.
The unit comes with a rear storage compartment, plus side pockets provide plenty of storage space for snacks, diapers, etc.
Seats one. Weight capacity: 80 pounds. Weight: 27 pounds.
The included 5-point harness keeps passengers safe, even if tips occur. The seat sits high enough for other traffic to see the vehicle, plus it includes a safety flag for added visibility.
Made with a sturdy steel frame, it can take pretty much anything that comes at it. A front fender protects against minor hazards from the road.
One-year limited warranty for defective equipment is included.
This is an excellent, less conventional model. It allows longer use since it can accommodate children up to nine years old. While it doesn’t come with weather protection gear, it is available for purchase. This will keep children engaged with the ride while they also have the option for relaxing or napping.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of use is a factor we look at from multiple angles. How easy is it to set the stroller up and take it apart? Not just to assemble in general but how easily it folds and unfolds from the storage state. Does it store easily in general? Does it fit in a closet or a car trunk? And most importantly: is it easy to use while you're riding? How easily does it attach to a bicycle? When attached to a cycle does this particular model roll and transition smoothly?
These are all questions we asked and then researched, ranking each product in terms of how easy it was to use so that if this is one of the things that are most important to you, you'll be able to easily pick out the best one.
You love your children and want them to be comfortable while they ride in the stroller. The last thing you want or need is for them to start fussing and crying because they're uncomfortable. You want them to enjoy spending time with you and to associate good memories with exercise so that hopefully they'll carry that love of fitness into adulthood, just like their parents.
There are several factors that come into play when it comes to how comfortable these strollers are. The design, amount of cushioning, and quality of materials all make a difference in the end as to how comfortable your child is. We looked at all of these things, as well as taking into consideration over 1200 reviews from real world users and assigned each product a score based on the level of comfort it offers your child.
Our list ranges from fully-loaded models with tons of cargo room, removable weather protection, redundant braking systems and other advanced safety features, and some even have cup holders. We ranked each product on a scale of 0-100 based on how many of these extra features it has. For the most part the more expensive models, which can actually top out at around $700, have the most features, but some of the more value-minded products, which can be had for around as little as $100, have a few extra features as well.
In the end you'll have to decide what features you need and which ones you don't. There's no sense spending more money for something you won't even use, so check out the product reviews for some help figuring it all out.
The environment you most often cycle in is a serious consideration that you need to make before you make your final purchase decision. Consider humidity, rainfall, temperature, and sun exposure. If you live in a high heat area you’ll want a product with a sun shield and ventilation panels so a lot of heat doesn’t build up and cause your child discomfort. If you live in an area with heavy amounts of precipitation then you’ll definitely want to look for models with waterproofing or moisture resistance features in the materials used for its construction, as well as features such as taped seams and rain flaps.
The products on our list range from right around $100 to over $700, each one offering the consumer a different level of value based on the quality of its materials and construction, features, and comfort. With such a wide price range it can be tough to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck, but you're in luck because we have some expert advice for you.
If you're an avid cyclist and you're kids really love the outdoors and spending time together as a family, it might be worth it to invest in a higher end model. But if you do make sure you're going to use it often, as in once a week or more so you can be sure to get your money's worth. There's no sense buying an expensive new piece of gear that ends up just sitting around in the garage collecting dust. We've all been there and done that. But the higher-end products will last longer and perform better than the less expensive products, as well as have more useful features. Not to say the lower-end models on our list aren't great strollers, they are, but you know the old adage that you get what you pay for.
If you think you're only going to be using the bike stroller occasionally, like maybe only once or twice a month, it might make sense to buy one of the more inexpensive models on our list and save your money for the ice cream you're taking the kids out for on your ride. You are getting ice cream right?
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Some state require children to wear a helmet while in a bike trailer. If this is not the case in your area, you should always have your child wear a helmet regardless. A couple other tips are reflective markers and an orange raised flag to make you more visible.
Before each adventure with your child, double check the mounting hardware for proper attachment. If your model is a folding model be sure it is fully extended and locked in place.
Other Factors to Consider
One of the key accessories is the available cargo space. They are primarily made for transporting small children and any parent knows that they require a lot of specific care. Diapers, blankets, juice and all sorts of other necessary odds and ends. A reliable product needs to have enough cargo space for all your essentials.
We need to scrutinize all of the little specifics to know if they are really up to snuff. Units with a lot of accessories weigh almost twice as much as the standard. Same goes for a model with two seats but a low weight limit. The specs are often depicted as small side details but they add up quickly.
Obviously safety is an important consideration when we are making our choices. And this doesn’t just mean safety belts and straps. We need to keep a close eye out for units that have histories of tipping and flipping. These are not the ones we would want to feature on our list.
Product warranty is a big deal when often many of the products on this list are things you will be investing a lot of money into. Tire and nylon issues are too uncommon, but you want some insurance in case you encounter them earlier than you should be.
Few things are more frustrating than getting a new toy, gear, or gadget and having it be incompatible with the equipment you already have on hand. That is why we can’t stress enough to make sure that the bicycle you have is compatible with the coupler that comes with the trailer.
Many models have a convertible option. The ones that convert to stroller are great for taking to the park or the zoo. There is a large amount of convenience in being able to mount and dismount this transportation from your bicycle on a whim. Not to mention the money you will save by not having to buy more than one seated carrier.
Frequently Asked Questions
That is a question specific to each product because each manufacturer treats the issue differently. Some only cover manufacturer defects while others assist in normal wear and tear issues.
This is specific to each product, but many models do have an option for a single or double version.
Manufacturers usually have hot lines or other options available for assembly assistance. You also might be able to find an instruction video for some “bicycle” models online, if a visual aid would be preferable.
Many are made to fold up easily, though some do require wheel removal. Usually the process is made to be as easy as possible.
Many come with “universal” attachment adapters but this often doesn’t cover all models, it is best to read up and consult the manufacturers to see if your bicycle is compatible. Other cyclists should also have insight into any compatibility issues.
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