If your child isn’t old enough to ride a bike alone, you may want to consider bike trailer!
- 1 List of Best Bike Trailers For Kids
- 2 Option Number 1 – Instep Bike Trailer for Kids
- 3 Option Number 2 – Schwinn Joyrider Bike Trailer
- 4 Option Number 3 – Kazam WeeRide Co-Pilot Bike Trailer
- 5 Option Number 4 – InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer
- 6 Option Number 5 – Burley Bee Bike Trailer
- 7 Option Number 6 – Weehoo 2016 iGo Blast Tag Along Child Bicycle Trailer
- 8 Option Number 7 – ALLEN SPORTS Deluxe Bike Trailer & Stroller
- 9 Option Number 9 – Thule Chariot Cheetah XT
- 10 Option Number 9 – Retrospec Rover Kids Bicycle Trailer
- 11 Final Thoughts
List of Best Bike Trailers For Kids
Biking is a sport that’s both fun and great for your health. As most parents know, biking is a right of passage for children. Learning how to ride a bike is a monumental occurrence for kids! But what are you supposed to do when your child really wants to ride a bike but is too young? Well, we have the answer! Bike trailers are a fun and effective way to give your children the freedom and fun of a bike without the danger! Afterall, we all know that when a kid is too young, they may hurt themselves while riding around. All you need to do to use a bike trailer is to hook it up to your own bike and tow them around. Each trailer on this list is lightweight and super easy to use. Not to mention they’ll be super comfortable and fun for your child.
Option Number 1 – Instep Bike Trailer for Kids
This particular bike trailer is a fantastic option for your children. Not only does it have 16 wheels, which are pneumatic and molded, but they have proven to be safe, reliable, and incredibly agile. Because your children are incredibly important, and often quite fragile, this trailer includes a high-quality harness with five-point security. To make the trailer even safer, the manufacturers have also thrown in a safety flag!
One thing that a lot of people ask is where to store this trailer. If you live in an apartment or a small house, storing the bike is already a big hassle. How on Earth are you supposed to store a big trailer? Well, as a matter of fact, the trailer isn’t all that big! Sure, it’s wide and spacious, but you can actually fold it up into a very small package! This makes it ideal for transportation, storage, and so much more.
The first option on this list doesn’t just take safety and convenience into account, but shelter from the elements as well. If you’re an avid biker, you know just how much it sucks to be caught out in a rainstorm while riding. Some unlucky riders may even know how it feels to be caught in a thunderstorm or even a snowstorm! Fortunately, this particular option features a canopy that will protect your little ones from the worst that weather can throw at you. It also comes standard with a bug screen!
All in all, this trailer is rated to carry about 80 pounds. This means you’ll be able to carry two young children or three very young children at the very most. There’s also room for about 12 pounds of storage in the rear (stuff like napkins, sunscreen, and water). Below we’ve put together a list of pros and cons in order to sum all of this up for you.
- Designed to be incredibly safe for your little ones
- Great at protecting children from the elements
- 80-pound weight limit, ideal for young children
- Easily stored as it folds up
- Some options on this list have more storage
- Only comes in two colours so customization is lacking (although this may not matter to some)
Option Number 2 – Schwinn Joyrider Bike Trailer
With a sport design and excellent features, the Schwinn Joyrider is a wonderful addition to this list. This particular option features a wide variety of customization options. For example, you can choose from 16-inch wheels or 20-inch wheels. There are a variety of colours to choose from, as well as a variety of seating options to choose from. They are as follows: The Trailblazer 2 Seater, The Trailblazer 1 Seater, and finally, The Echo 2 Seater.
Similarly to other options on this list, the Schwinn Joyrider comes with a frame that folds up very easily. This makes it easy to fold up and store in your home. Not to mention, it’s great for those without much storage space! The Joyrider is actually quite common among people who live in apartments or small houses.
The Joyrider is equipped (should you choose a two-seater option) to tow around two young children, and has a weight limit of 80 pounds (which is right around the average for this type of bike trailer). You will also find that the trailer can store up to 12 pounds of items in the rear (ideal for items like sunscreen and water). The frame of this trailer is also designed to provide the most comfortable experience possible for your children (don’t want them to be shaking around!).
As is quite popular among bike trailers nowadays, this particular option comes with both a bug shield and a weather shield. Not only will you be able to protect your kids from mosquitos and flies when riding through forest trails, but the worst weather can throw at you as well! Just don’t get overly confident, the only protection the person on the actual bicycle has from the elements is their helmet! Below you’ll find a list of the pros and cons for this particular option.
- Very portable due to its folding frame
- Very customizable (aesthetics and utility wise)
- Plenty of storage room
- Will work with almost any bike out there (the more modern, the better)
- Can also be used as a stroller via the handlebar on the rear of the trailer.
- Although the safety mechanisms are in place, other options on this list are safer as they put more emphasis on harnesses and such.
- Some consumers complain that the front tire makes it difficult to use when jogging (as it can also be used as a stroller).
Option Number 3 – Kazam WeeRide Co-Pilot Bike Trailer
This particular option is a very interesting one. It’s essentially a bike and a trailer in one. Your child will have the freedom to pedal and be out in the open, but you (the parent) will still be in control. It will essentially hook onto the rear of your bike, meaning you get to steer. Since there is a wheel and pedals attached, your child will actually be able to help you cycle! This means less work for you, which is arguably one of the reasons why this sells so well!
This particular option is unlike the previous options on this list, but that’s okay. The previous options were all about giving children too young to ride a bike the experience of moving alone behind one. This particular option is all about transitioning your child from being towed to biking on their own! A lot of people find that because of the bike-like structure, it’s great for teaching your kids how to ride! In a sense, it’s way better than training wheels because you’re in complete control. They can’t fall unless you do too! Although if you don’t trust your balance, you may want to go with training wheels yourself!
This particular option is rated to hold about 75 pounds and was built specifically for children aged 4 to 9. The trailer itself weighs about 24 pounds, and is made of high grade steel. It’s high quality and super easy to use. All you need to do is attach it to the seat post of your bike with a simple clamp. It comes in a variety of colours as well. Below you’ll find a list of pros and cons we’ve put together for this particular option.
- Great for children who aren’t big enough to ride a bike on their own, but are too big for the aforementioned bike trailers.
- Great for children looking to learn how to ride a bike.
- The parent will use less effort to move both people around as the child can help pedal as well.
- Safety flags and high-quality construction make it very safe.
- Easy to use and lightweight.
- Unfortunately, this option may be a little more difficult to store and transport as it does not fold up like the aforementioned bike trailer options.
- Although you can choose from three colour options, the customization stops there.
- Weight limit is capped at 75 pounds, which is slightly lower than the competition.
- No protection from the weather or bugs unlike most of the other options on this list.
Option Number 4 – InStep Sierra Double Bicycle Trailer
This particular option is a super high-quality option for those looking to tow their children behind their bikes. With molded pneumatic tires 20 inches across, you can rest assured knowing this trailer is durable, sporty, and rides really smooth. Not to mention a five-point harness and a rugged frame will ensure that your children are both comfortable and super safe! Speaking of safe, this particular option also comes with a bug screen and a weather visor! This means your child will be protected from all the pesky critters that fly around when on trail rides, and will also be protected from rain, snow, and whatever else you choose to ride around in (although getting caught in an unexpected rainstorm does happen, especially with all this global warming going on). To sum this all up, this particular trailer is super safe for your child!
Moving on from the safety, let’s look at the convenience aspect of this option! First off, it’s a two in one deal! Not only is it a bike trailer that you can go behind virtually any bike, but it also works as a stroller! The ergonomic handle at the rear of the trailer is designed to be used for stroller like purposes. Some people buy it as a stroller and never actually pull it behind a bike! Also, if you’re worried about storing something that looks so large, don’t be! It’s actually quite light and folds up into a neat package. This is ideal for people living in condos or very small houses. Maybe you just don’t have much room! Regardless, the point is that it goes from super big to super small, and that’s super convenient if you ask us!
This particular option is rated to carry two children, and has a maximum passenger weight limit of 80 pounds, so 40 pounds for each child. Keep in mind that you will also have access to some storage in the rear of the trailer (for things like sunscreen and water), and this particular compartment will be able to hold about 12 pounds worth of items. Below we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons for this particular option.
- Lots of safety features, including a five point harness, weather and bug protection, and a durable frame.
- Super easy to store and transport due to its folding frame.
- Can be paired with virtually any bicycle (the more modern, the better)
- Lots of storage (for things like water and sunscreen, maybe a towel or two).
- Can be used as both a stroller and a trailer (due to its handle on the rear of the trailer).
- Although the folding design makes it easier to store, the large wheels may invoke a tad more hassle as they are about 4 inches wider than most of the other options on this list.
- Customization is somewhat lacking as there are very few colour options, and the design itself is a simple two-tone scheme (good for people who don’t necessarily care about the fancy stuff).
Option Number 5 – Burley Bee Bike Trailer
This particular option is a very unique one because of its interesting design. Rather than the straightforward tow hitch, this particular option comes with an angled tow hitch for ease of use. It also includes a uniquely designed frame which allows even tighter folding, and therefore tidier storing. This unique design isn’t just for convenience, though, for it also enables some awesome security features. Because of the fantastic frame, an enhanced five-point harness is used. You’ll also notice that the trailer includes a wide variety of other safety features beyond the standard five-point harness. First of the bunch is the bug cover and weather visor. The bug visor is designed to stop any dust or dirt kicked up from your wheels (and, of course, bugs and flies and such). The weather visor is designed to protect your child from the harshness of any weather that you stumble across. There are also reflectors all over the trailer, a safety flag that comes standard, and a bright outer shell to ensure the trailer is very noticeable.
Unlike other bike trailers in this category, your child will not be sitting on the floor of the trailer. Instead, they’ll be supported in what the manufacturers like to call a hammock style seat. This hammock-style sheet makes the ride not only super safe but very comfortable! A lot of parents actually comment that their children have fallen asleep on bike rides! If that’s not comfort, we don’t know what is! If you want to vamp up the comfort (and protection), you can choose to have the seats padded with extra material.
Because of the unique hammock style seats, there is actually quite a lot of storage underneath this trailer. So much storage room, in fact, that you can store several basketballs (and yes, we have tested this theory). Definitely enough room for sunscreen, extra clothes, water, and anything else you’d need for a lengthy bike ride!
When it comes to customization, you have about half a dozen colours to choose from. Aside from colours, you can choose to add things like extra padding (as we mentioned) and other small features.
The company behind this product has done a lot of testing to ensure that your children are very safe. The first thing they tested is their full roll cage by crushing it and dropping it. When crushing it, the roll cage stood up very well. During the drop test, the harness did great under super high stress. Another test they did was chemical testing to ensure that the frame wouldn’t rot away after repetitive use. Not only did they do countless tests, but they made sure to cover their bases as well. For example, the creators made sure to craft plenty of spare parts. So many in fact that you’ll be able to replace any part on the trailer for up to five years. Below you’ll find a list of this particular option’s pros and cons.
- Unique design that differs from the rest of this market (took the road less travelled).
- High-quality design which has been tested thoroughly.
- Lots of storage (enough to store about two basketballs).
- Lots of colours to choose from.
- Lots of different addons to choose (padding, etc.).
- Hammock seat ensures that your children are safe and super comfortable.
- Protection from the elements and insects.
- Because of its unique design, it may not fit many older style bikes as it would the others in this niche.
- It is a few pounds heavier than the competition.
Option Number 6 – Weehoo 2016 iGo Blast Tag Along Child Bicycle Trailer
This particular option is very unique when compared to the rest of the market. Not only is it uniquely designed, but it provides an entirely different experience. The way in which your child will sit is upright rather than upon a hammock or at the bottom of a trailer. They have two handles on the front and two footrests. The footrests come with harnesses for your child’s feet (dynamic not restricted), and the seat itself comes with a harness as well. This particular option will allow your child to feel the wind rush through their hair, and the warm sun pass over their face. This is definitely a good option for children that tend to be somewhat claustrophobic.
Unfortunately, this option does have a few drawbacks when compared to the other options on this list. First of all, it only fits one child, whereas the others have enough room for two. Secondly, this particular option does not fold up like the other traditional trailers and therefore, may take up more room and be harder to store. Thirdly, this particular option doesn’t provide your child with any weather protection nor insect protection. Since other trailers are enclosed, they protect your child from both the latter and the former, whereas this option does neither.
The Weehoo Bike Trailer can hold up to 80 pounds. However, some reviews state that putting any more than 66 pounds in the chair is a little risky. The trailer comes with a safety flag, and the seat’s material is made from reflective red and orange material. The arm that attaches to the bicycle should fit the large majority of bikes out there. The trailer itself only weighs about 22 lbs, which is actually lighter than other options on this list despite its hefty appearance. Below you’ll find a list of the pros and cons for this particular option.
- Often parents find that this is the more exciting option for their kids.
- Very reflective, meaning nobody will accidentally see your child.
- Can be attached to most bikes
- Strong and durable construction
- Offers very little (if any) protection from the elements.
- Offers very little (if any) protection from bugs and dust.
- Only room for one child.
- Does not fold up like other options on this list, making it hard to store.
- Absolutely no cargo space.
Option Number 7 – ALLEN SPORTS Deluxe Bike Trailer & Stroller
This particular option is great because it offers your child a whole bunch of protection. First of all, this option not only has a bug screen but a weather screen as well! This means your child will be safe from mosquitos, black flies, and all sorts of weather conditions! Let’s be honest, everyone gets caught in a storm every once in a while. Whether it be a rainstorm, thunderstorm, or snowstorm, it’s bound to happen eventually. If you live somewhere like Canada, where weather can be somewhat unpredictable!
One very interesting (although not unique) feature of this option is that it can be used as both a bike trailer AND as a stroller. The hitch on the front end is small and unobtrusive, meaning you won’t be bashing it off of things all the time. The handlebar on the back makes for easy use and a super comfortable ride. Speaking of comfort, this particular trailer features high-quality rubber tiles and durable rims that are sure to make even the roughest rides smooth.
When it comes to actual safety, this particular option is not lacking. This bike trailer boasts an incredibly strong frame, a reflective outer material, and a bike trailer flag. To top it all off, it has an industry-leading five-point harness, which is sure to keep your child safe in even the scariest of situations. The stroller also has a foot guard to protect your child from hurting their feet should you hit any unexpected bumps.
When it comes to storing this trailer, it truly couldn’t be easier. Because of the incredibly light frame, it folds up into a package so small you won’t have any trouble storing it. This is perfect for people who live in a very small house or an apartment. Let’s be honest, a bicycle (or multiple) is already taking up a lot of space. You don’t want some bulky trailer hogging even more space! With this, you won’t have to worry about that! Below you’ll find a list of pros and cons for this particular product.
- Protection from the weather and insects
- Lightweight frame makes this product super easy to maneuver
- Can be used as both a stroller and a bike trailer
- Folding frame makes it super easy to store and transport
- Unlike other options on this list, this particular trailer/stroller combo is only suitable for one child.
- Unlike other options on this list, this particular trailer/stroller is only rated for about 50 pounds, whereas the average here is 80 (although this can be for one or two children on the other options.
Option Number 9 – Thule Chariot Cheetah XT
This particular option is actually a three in one model, unlike the other two in one models on this list. I can be used as a stroller, behind a bicycle, AND for cycling. Depending on what you need it for, you can choose between three models. The first is simply for one child and can be used for biking or as a stroller. The second is the same but is set up for two children. The third is for two children and is set up with a jogging kit. The jogging kit is also an extra for the one-seater.
One of the coolest things about this bike trailer (in our opinion) is that it can also be used in the snow! That’s right! If you like to jog in the winter (which a lot of people do because the snow makes running easier on their knees), you can actually run with this! As an added option, you can actually attach skis to where the wheels typically are. It’ll slide across snow and issue without any problems whatsoever!
The actual fitting that this bike has will work with virtually any bike. However, you may find it more difficult to attach on older bikes (as they may have been built differently depending on how old they are). Anything from after 2000 should work just fine! Speaking of convenience, the handlebar on the rear of the trailer is actually extendable. This saves your back from uncomfortable bending and makes it easier to run with!
To add to the wow factor for this bike trailer, consider the fact that it includes both a bug screen and a weather visor! This means your child won’t have to worry about getting bitten by mosquitos, all the while not having to worry about being drenched in an unexpected rainstorm! This also lets your child stay dry should you ride through any deep pedals. You wouldn’t want your back wheel to spray them with dirty road water! These safety features are not alone however, the trailer also boasts an intricate harness system and a high-quality frame that is sure to survive even the most chaotic of bumps. Not to mention your child won’t feel like their liver is bursting as the wheels are designed to smoothen out even the bumpiest of rides. Below you will find a list of the pros and cons for this particular product.
- Enhanced safety features and weather/insect protection.
- Can be used for jogging, strolling, and biking.
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
- Can be used to haul around one or two children.
- Optional skiing kits are sold alongside the trailer (separately).
- Unfortunately, this option doesn’t fold up like other options on this list, making it somewhat difficult to actually store in a small home. Not ideal for someone living in an apartment or house who has very little storage room.
Option Number 9 – Retrospec Rover Kids Bicycle Trailer
This CPSC approved option is a great choice for those looking for safety features that are sure to keep your little ones safe and protected at all times. The outer material for this bike trailer is made from reflected material and is accompanied by several reflectors. To increase overall visibility, the manufacturer included a reflective flag. The five-point harness comes standard and has been approved by the CPSC. This harness is padded to ensure your child is not injured by the very thing that’s supposed to protect them in a crash (heaven forbid this ever happens). The frame itself is made from high-quality materials that have been stress testing, meaning they won’t simply fall apart or break should anything happen.
This bike trailer will fit virtually every bike out there. We do recommend, however, that your bike wheels be no larger than 29 inches, and no smaller than 20 inches. As this is the average, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. When it comes to protection from the weather, you don’t have to worry. There are built-in weather protection visors on both the front and sides. As for bugs, there are also built-in bug screens on both the sides and front of the bike trailer.
- Weather protection, bug protection, awesome safety features
- Lightweight and durable construction
- Plenty of storage space in the rear of the bike trailer.
- Cannot be used as a stroller unless you attach an aftermarket handlebar on the rear and an aftermarket wheel on the front.
- Less customization options than others on this list.
- Other options have larger wheels, which may allow larger tires and, therefore, a smoother ride.
Bike trailers are a great way to give your children the experience of riding a bike without any of the hassle! The above list covers everything from bike trailers for children too small to ride, to those who are learning to ride on their own, and everything in between! Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, as well as its own features and specs. For more information, please visit the manufacturer or sellers websites! Feel free to message us here at sportyreview.com for more information!