Finding a perfect bike trailer can be a daunting task. There are many great and not-so-great options available, so we decided to prepare our own bike trailer buying guide.
There are a few essential questions to ask yourself before you pick your next trailer… Should I buy the most expensive model? Is it worth it? How do I know if my kids will be comfortable in it? Are cheaper models enough for my needs?
We will try to answer these and many more questions in this article and in the infographic below.
Which trailer type should I choose?
There are many different types of trailers, and most popular are bike-only trailers and trailers which can be used as a stroller or a jogger. This is important because multifunctional carriers can cost more, so if you already have a fully functional stroller at home, you actually don’t need to spend additional budget for your new trailer.
How many kids do you want to drive around?
Each model has a little bit different structure, and this affects the space kids have in a cabin. In all trailers, kids should wear an appropriate helmet and be secured by the trailer’s harness. Some models are suitable for 2 kids (1.5 – 5 years old) and can carry a max weight between 80 and 100 pounds. These trailers are Burley D’Lite and Hamax Outback.
Thule Chariot Cross and other Burley models are also great choices if you’re looking for premium trailers that can carry 1 or 2 kids.
What is your budget?
You can buy a trailer for less than $150 or for more than $500. Premium trailers offer a more pleasant ride for kids and drivers. If you’re interested only in high-end trailers, then you should consider picking a Thule Chariot Cross because of its exceptional functionalities.
In case you plan to use the trailer occasionally, and you’re only looking for a model which won’t break your bank, then you should pick a Burley model. Burley trailers give an excellent experience for an affordable price.
InStep, Clevr, and Schwinn models are also decent picks that will do the job, but you shouldn’t expect that “wow” effect.
Where will you use the trailer?
Knowing on what kind of terrain will you use a bike trailer is crucial. If you plan to use it on mountain roads or off-road, then you need to consider buying a model which offers a suspension. A trailer should also have 20″ wheels, which are significantly easier to tow over rough terrain.
If you plan to use your trailer occasionally, on smooth terrain, you don’t need to invest in trailers with suspension. You can even buy a trailer with 16″ wheels, but we don’t suggest that you do that. 20″ wheels are better in every possible way.
We know that too much information (and high prices) can be scary, but it’s better to do research before spending too much money on something you won’t be using at all. Oh, and the time will come when your kids will want to pedal on their own and not just rest in a comfy trailer.
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A quick recap – Detailed Bike Trailer Buying Guide
|Type||There are bike-trailer only types, and there are multifunctional types. Multifunctional trailers can be used as strollers, joggers, and for other sports.||High|
|Budget||Budget vary between $90-$900.||High|
|Storage||Premium trailers usually have more storage space||Medium|
|Trailer size||There are two different options; single trailers and trailers that can carry 2 riders.||High|
|Cabin size||Higher-end trailers offer bigger, more spacious cabins for kids||High|
|Covers||Most trailers offer protection against UV rays, have rain covers, and sunshades.||High|
|Wheels||There are 20" and 16" tires. If you have an option buy a trailer with 20" wheels, because they offer a smoother ride. You can also||Medium|
|Suspension||For the smoother ground, a suspension shouldn't be a number one priority. But if you plan to use this trailer on all kinds of surfaces, then you need a proper suspension system.||Medium|
|Brakes||There are 3 types of brakes; it can be a simple strap around a tire, foot brake that locks tires, or a handbrake which is the best if you plan to use a trailer as a jogger or a stroller.||Medium|
|Hitch||Lower-end trailers use a standard hitch, while premium trailer uses a custom made hitch, which offers a smoother, more natural ride.||Medium|
|Folding||As we mentioned some trailers are bigger than others, so you need to check the dimensions of a folded trailer as well. Also, check if a trailer has a "quick-release wheels" function.||Medium|