You want to go for a bike ride, but many little ones, regardless of whether they can ride a bike or not, may not be able to go the distance. That’s why bike trailers are so popular. And luckily, most bike trailers can seat up to two children in one trailer.
But there are many things to consider when choosing a bike trailer such as size, safety, storage, and more. So we did all the work for you and put together a list of safe bike trailers that will meet every budget and make family bike rides a little easier and definitely, a lot more fun.
The following 10 bike trailers are the best ones out there on the market today. We’ve included a mix of trailers that can hold one and two children and can even be used for other activities such as jogging.
But to make things a little easier on you, here are some factors to consider to help you narrow down which bike trailer is best for your family.
- Factors to consider when choosing a bike trailer
- Bike Trailer Maintenance
- Safety First
- 10 Best Bike Trailers for Kids
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Takeaway
Factors to consider when choosing a bike trailer
When it comes to bike trailers, which are also known as enclosed child carriers, there are a few things you need to think about before choosing the right one for you and your child or children.
There are two sizes of bike trailers: single and double. As the names suggest, a single trailer holds one child while a double trailer holds two children.
While double trailers are great if you have two children, they are heavier and more difficult to maneuver due to their larger size. Single trailers are lighter in weight and easier to maneuver compared to a double, but if you plan on growing your family, it might be better to go for the double.
One thing to keep in mind, whether you choose either a double or single trailer is the weight capacity. Also, be sure to check your child or children’s weight when choosing a trailer to make sure they are within the weight limit of the trailer.
When we talk about storage we mean two things: what can you store in the bike trailer during a ride and how the bike trailer itself be stored when not in use.
Snacks, drinks, toys and more. Parents usually need to tote around a few things when taking kids out. Consider how long your bike rides will be and if you will need some storage on the bike trailer itself in order to entertain and/or feed your kids on the bike outing.
Also, consider how you will store the bike trailer itself. Does it fold up so it doesn’t take up a huge space in the garage or shed? Or does it even have a carrying case to make it easy to take the trailer on vacation? Some bike trailers can be stored wheels and all, while others may need to have the wheels removed in order to store it.
If you like to do more than just ride your bike, you may want to consider a multi-sport trailer. These trailers can be attached to bikes, convert to a jogging stroller and yes, even be used for cross-country skiing. Of course, all this versatility comes at a higher price, but for parents who are on the run (or roll) might want to spend the extra dough for the multi-sport feature.
There are plenty of accessories that go along with bike trailers that you may want to consider such as rain or shade covers, lights, cup holders, kickstand and more. Depending on how often you use the trailer, for how long and what weather conditions will help determine whether or not you really need any accessories.
Last but not least, consider what you and your family can afford when it comes to a bike trailer. This list features a wide price range of bike trailers including affordable bike trailers for just over $100 dollars that are perfect for the occasional family bike outing as well as more expensive bike trailers in the $600+ range that are multi-sport, high-quality trailers that can withstand frequent, even daily use.
Bike Trailer Maintenance
It’s important to take some time to check your bike trailer before each ride. Here’s what you should take a look at before heading out:
- Check the tires to ensure they are inflated and secured to the trailer.Also make sure there is no visible damaged (punctured, cracks, etc).
- Make sure the lights are on if it is rainy, foggy, dark or even dusk or dawn.
- Children grow so make sure they have not exceeded the trailer’s weight limit.
- Check the tow, hitch, connector and all of the hardware to make sure it is in good shape and that nothing is damaged.
Bike rides are tons of fun but priority #1 will always to keep your child safe. Here’s are some safety tips to protect your little one as he or she rides in a bike trailer.
- Make sure you’ve checked over all the equipment before the ride.
- During inclement weather as well as at dusk, night and dawn make sure your bike and bike trailer are illuminated.
- Make sure your child is in the harness correctly.They should be snug and secure as if they were buckled into a car seat.
- Always use the parking brake when not riding the bike, especially if the child is in the bike trailer.
- Choose a bike trailer with UV protection in the fabric and/or windows.
- No matter what age, kids should wear a helmet when riding in a bike trailer.
10 Best Bike Trailers for Kids
So you know how to keep them safe. You know what you need in a bike trailer. Well, time for the list! Whether you are toting around multiple kids or just one, there’s a trailer for every family and every budget on this list.
1. Thule Chariot Cheetah XT
- Lightweight carrier makes for easier use
- Aerodynamic design enhances multi-sport...
- HeightRight adjustable handlebar for...
- Refreshed design with blue touchpoints...
- Includes bicycle trailer kit and...
Whether you want to bike, jog or ski, the Thule Chariot Cheetah XT is a lightweight multisport trailer that is quick to set up and even easier to store flat when not in use thanks to the blue touchpoints made specifically for intuitive operation.
Kids will be safe and secure in this trailer as they are strapped in with a five-point harness. Located on the back of the bike trailer is a large mesh cargo net to store whatever you need to carry along on a ride or jog. Jogging and skiing kits are available for purchase separately.
The fabric features reflective material for better visibility in low light conditions. When using it as a stroller, the HeightRight handlebars allow parents to adjust the handlebars to (you guessed it) the right height that works best for them. And taking off the wheels and handle is simple and makes folding it up flat for storage a breeze.
Available in two sizes, the 1 child version holds up to 75 pounds while the 2 children trailer holds up to 100 pounds. It comes with a bike trailer kit and a strolling kit.
- HeightRight Handlebars for custom handlebar height.
- Multi-sport use. Converts quickly and easily.
- Can be stored flat. Wheels remove easily.
- Durable fabric with rain cover.
- Aerodynamic design makes it great for cycling, running and even skiing.
- No vents on the cover.
2. Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer
For the money, you can’t beat the Honey Bee. Whether you want to go for a bike ride or jog, this bike trailer quickly converts to either one. And when not in use, the Honey Bee doesn’t take up space. It easily folds flat and removing the wheels is as simple as a press of a button.
To protect little ones from the sun there is a roll-down shade and the side windows are tinted and rated UPF 30. The handlebar is adjustable when using as a jogging stroller, but when using as a bike trailer, it acts as a roll bar.
The Burley Honey Bee fits up to 2 kids and the weight capacity is 100 pounds. The cargo area in the back will have no trouble holding everything you need to carry for your kids. The stroller kit is included too.
- Great value.
- Handlebar acts as a roll cage when used as a bike trailer.
- Quickly converts from bike trailer to stroller.
- Quickly and easily folds up flat for storage.
- Windows tinted UPF 30.
- Spacious storage cargo area.
- Depending on the child’s height, it’s lacking headroom.
3. Hamax Outback Multi-Sport Trailer
- VERSATILE, MULTI-SPORT USE – Child...
- SAFETY CERTIFIED, DESIGN WINNER – 2016...
- XL-SIZED COCKPIT FOLDS FOR TRANSPORT–...
- ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION & SEATS –...
- MAXIMUM VISIBILITY & WEATHER PROTECTION...
The Hamax Outback is an aerodynamic multisport trailer that gives kids a great view of the world around them. That doesn’t mean it lacks in safety though. The aluminum frame is super durable and provides rollover protection.
This bike trailer has adjustable suspension allowing you to change it depending on the terrain you decide to go on. And those windows are large and great for viewing, but also provide UV protection. Also included is a sunshade for those extra sunny rides, as well as a rain cover and a bug screen.
The Hamax Outback can easily be switched to a stroller, but the jogger kit is sold separately. The Hamax Outback is available in a one-seater with a 75-pound weight limit and a two-seater with an 88-pound weight limit.
- Large windows have UV protection.
- Padded neck support and 5-point harness.
- Sunshade, rain cover and bug screen included.
- Easy to convert to a stroller.
- Adjustable suspension for different terrains.
- Not as lightweight as other strollers on this list.
4. Instep Take 2 Bike Trailer
- Tow behind bike trailer universal bike...
- Two in one canopy with bug screen and...
- 16 inch molded wheels with air...
- Fits in the back of small cars or in...
- Assembled dimensions 51.8 x 32.5 x 31.9...
If you aren’t planning on doing a ton of riding with your kids or are on a super tight budget, the Instep Take 2 is a good pick. It doesn’t have some of the bells and whistle of the other bike trailers, but it will get the job done.
The Instep Take 2 trailer holds 2 kids, up to 40 pounds each passenger. (It also holds 12 pounds of stuff along with them.) The 2-in-1 canopy features a mesh screen and weather shield and the entire bike trailer folds up easily and take up very little space, meaning great to throw in the trunk and take on vacation.
The optional stroller kit is sold separately. The Instep Take 2 bike trailer has no suspension so kids will definitely feel those bumpy rides, and for that reason, we suggest sticking to the road and smooth surfaces when using this trailer.
- Very affordable price tag.
- Folds up for compact storage.
- Great for infrequent use.
- Mesh screen and weather shield protect kids.
- No suspension system.
- Plastic wheels won’t hold up to a ton of use.
5. Schwinn Echo Bike Trailer
- Tow behind style bike trailer, universal...
- Two-in-one canopy, bug screen and...
- 20 inch alloy spoked wheels with air...
- Fits in the back of cars or closet. The...
- Assembled 51.8" x 32.5" x 31.9"', fits...
The Schwinn Echo is another very affordable option that doesn’t lack in quality. The lightweight aluminum frame is durable and each rider has a 5-point harness to stay securely in the bike trailer.
The large window has a mesh screen as well as a plastic roll down cover. When not in use, you can remove the wheels and store it flat. The stroller has a weight limit of 80 pounds and can fit two riders plus 12 pounds of extra gear in the storage space.
This bike trailer won’t hold up to any off-road adventures, gravely paths and the like. But for the family who plans on sticking to the road, pavement and other smooth surfaces, this bike trailer will work great.
- Very affordable.
- Lightweight frame.
- Large mesh window and roll down plastic cover for viewing.
- Folds up flat for storage.
- Doesn’t work great on a trail or off-road surface.
6. Croozer Kid Plus 2
- New Click and Crooz attachment system...
- Airpad Suspension – self adjusting,...
- Bucket Seats with 5 point “pinch and...
- Safe Internal Child Space – Protected...
- Compliant with applicable ASTM, Health...
This is a bit of a splurge, but definitely worthy of this list. The Croozer Kid Plus 2 is a multisport trailer with a ton of safety features and an AirPad suspension system for a smooth riding experience for your little passenger.
Bike trailer, stroller or jogging stroller, take your pick. It comes with all three kits and the Click and Crooz system makes it easy to switch between any of the three. The Croozer Kid Plus 2 comes with 2 universal hitches that fit nearly any bike.
Kids will be protected from the sun since the windows and the plastic rain cover have a UPF of 80+. Folding up this lightweight trailer is simple too. The weight capacity for this bike trailer is 100 pounds and it has a spacious storage area too.
- Self-adjusting AirPad suspension system makes for a smooth ride on any terrain.
- Windows and rain cover have 80+ UPF
- Comes with bike, stroller and jogging stroller kits.
- Comfy seats with easy to use 5-point harness.
- Click & Crooz makes it easy to convert.
- High price tag.
7. Thule Cadence
- Secure attachment to bike using Thule's...
- Extra storage space for hauling around...
- Easy folding for storage and...
- Comfortably seats two children
- Bicycle Trailer Kit included
The second Thule on the list and for good reason. This speedy little trailer hooks up to your bike quickly thanks to Thule’s own ezHitch system and folds up quickly to make transporting to your biking destination easy.
It has an easy roll-up plastic window cover for rain protection and mesh window cover for bug protection. This bike trailer is lightweight but durable and certainly strong enough for daily use.
A small mesh net on the inside allows kids to grab their water bottle, snack or toy while mom or dad is on the move. The Thule Cadence comes at a fair price and comfortably seats two kids with a weight max of 100 pounds.
- Easy to set up thanks to the ezHitch system.
- Lightweight but durable and safe.
- Plenty of storage for cargo.
- Folds up easily to store.
- Great for frequent, even daily use.
- No padding. Might not be comfortable for long bike rides.
8. Wike Moonlight Bike Trailer
- Tons of under seat storage space in...
- Hard plastic flooring that will protect...
- Easy for parents to load and unload all...
- Two safety harnesses, one for each...
- Two bicycle hitches included for...
All it takes is one hand to fold up this lightweight bike trailer by Wike. When in use kids stay protected thanks to its sturdy aluminum frame. And what about those icky bugs and rain? With a mesh and plastic roll-down shield, kids will stay protected from the elements too.
The Moonlight bike trailer has a hard plastic floor and 5-point padded harness to keep up to two kids safe on your biking adventure. There’s also plenty of storage compartments, such as the one inside the trailer as well as on the back, so kids have easy access to snacks, toys and more.
This trailer comes with two bicycle hitches that work with most bikes. While it might not be super comfy for long rides, it’s sturdy enough to withstand frequent use. The weight capacity for this trailer is 100 pounds.
- Folds up flat and easy.
- Bug shield and rain shield.
- Plenty of compartments for storage.
- Comes with two hitches.
- Lacking in padding. Might not be comfortable for long rides.
- Cannot convert to a stroller.
9. Allen Sports Deluxe Steel Trailer
- Lightweight: Steel construction trailer...
- Safe and comfortable: Double seats are...
- Protection; Foot guard tube to protect...
- Collapsible: Folding design and quick...
- Features: Rear storage compartment;...
Here’s one more for the family that plans on doing some occasional bike rides with kids but doesn’t want to lay down a hefty investment. Allen Sports is known for their affordable equipment and the Deluxe Steel Trailer is a great choice for the occasional bike rides with the kids.
Available in a 1 seater that holds up to 50 pounds and a 2 seater option that holds up 100 pounds, this trailer has a 5-point harness system and a foot tube guard to protect little ones’ feet. It does, however, lack padding and cargo space for long bike rides. However, the large front and side windows make it great for your kids to look around while on the ride.
The Deluxe Steel Trailer has a zipper bug screen and zipper rain shield. The universal coupler fits most bikes and it is easy to hook up to a bike quickly.
- Very affordable price.
- 5-point harness system keeps kids secure.
- Foot tube guard protects feet.
- Zipper bug and rain shield.
- A small amount of cargo space.
- Not much in the way of padding.
10. Schwinn Trailblazer Single Trailer
- Unique folding frame and quick release...
- Universal coupler easily attaches to...
- Two in One canopy has bug screen and...
- Holds one child up to 40 pounds and has...
Only one passenger? The Schwinn Trailblazer single is compact, folds up nice and neat, but is still spacious enough for a single rider to ride comfortably.
Again, this is another very affordable bike trailer for those who need something for the now-and-then bike rides with their child. The two-in-one canopy has a bug and rain shield and does a good job protecting the rider from both.
The universal coupler works with most bikes, but some reviewers noted that if you have a more expensive bike, it may not be compatible.
- Durable aluminum frame and wheels.
- Bug and rain shield.
- Fits one child very comfortably.
- Folds up flat and compact. Perfect for vacation.
- Easy to assemble.
- Holds up to only 40 pounds. Kids may outgrow this one quickly.
- The universal coupler may not be compatible with some bikes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I clean the fabric on the bike trailer?
A: Whether the interior or exterior fabric, to clean the fabric on a bike trailer simply use a mild detergent and warm water to spot clean any areas that need attention.
Q: Can I use a bike trailer in the rain?
A: Yes, as long as you get a bike trailer that will protect your child from inclement weather. Look for bike trailers that have waterproof fabric or rain cover that will prevent your child from getting wet.
Q: How old can my child start riding in a bike trailer?
A: When a child can hold their head up on their own, somewhere around 12-18 months, this is when you can start putting them in a bike trailer. Also note regardless of age, kids need to wear a helmet when in a bike trailer, so your child should be able to support their head with a helmet on too.
It’s hard to beat the Thule Chariot Cheetah XT which is why it’s our top pick. This multi-sport trailer comes in sizes for 1 or 2 kids, can easily be switched from a bike trailer to a jogging stroller and the quality, durability, and safety is top notched.
But if you are on a tight budget or don’t plan on using the bike trailer that frequently, check out the Instep Take 2 Trailer. For smooth surfaces, roads, and pavement it works great and for family vacations, it packs up flat and won’t take up a ton of space in the trunk.
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