You've seen them around town, and they look like a lot of fun, for both you and your little one(s). But there are so many options, it's hard to know where to start. That's what we're here for!
Although there is a lot to choose from in bike child transportation, it is definitely good to have options.
The three most common options are bike child trailers, trailer-cycles, and bike child seats.
There are pros and cons to each mode of bike child transportation, so it is important to consider what type of riding you plan to do with your child and which option would make you all the most comfortable.
As far a bike child trailers are concerned, there are a few important factors you should consider before you purchase one.
The first, and most important, factor to consider is the age and development of your child.
For all modes of bike child transportation, we highly recommend that your child wear a helmet. However, infants (from birth to about 12 months) who are not old enough to support their own heads should not wear a helmet. Also, children under one year may not be physically developed enough to withstand riding in a bike child trailer.
Consult with your child's pediatrician to determine when he or she is ready to wear a helmet and thus be ready to ride safely and comfortably in a bike child trailer.
If you want to get started immediately, the good news is that most bike child trailers have stroller conversion options, so you can use the stroller feature until your child is old enough to join you for a bike ride.
The second factor to consider is what type of family cycling activities you would like to do with your child(ren) - both in the present and in the future.
These days, the term bike child trailer is almost a misnomer, as nearly all of the models that we sell can be converted to a stroller or jogger. There are even hiking and skiing kits available for some of our bike child trailers.
The options are endless and the potential for fun family adventures is high! To that end, we recommend selecting a bike child trailer that caters to your favorite activity and expanding your options from there.
For example: The Chariot Cheetah1 Bike Child Trailer, includes a strolling kit, and the Chariot CX1 Bike Child Trailer includes a jogging kit. But you can add a cycling, hiking, or skiing kit if that suits your lifestyle. (Hint: Get the cycling kit.)
Burley child trailers come ready-made for cycling, and you can choose from optional strolling or jogging kits.
Croozer child trailers come ready made for cycling and strolling, and the Croozer Croozer Kid for 1 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model & Croozer Kid for 2 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model trailers also come ready made for jogging.
The third factor to consider when selecting a bike child trailer are the features and accessories you would like to make your bike child trailer comfortable for you and your child.
Our line of bike child trailers are all very easy to customize to your personal preferences and needs. All of our trailers also meet and exceed all ASTM standards for testing and materials, so you can be certain that your little ones will be safe inside the trailer you choose.
Additionally, all of our bike child trailers are two-wheeled trailers, which have little impact on your bicycle's handling characteristics.
The main difference you will notice when pulling a bike child trailer is the increased weight and width of the trailer. But because the load of a two-wheeled trailer is distributed between the trailer's two wheels and the hitch arm, the trailer is kept level as the bicycle moves and turns. You will not notice much of a change in handling.
Occupancy - How many children will it carry?
Attach System - How does the trailer attach to your bike?: Each trailer manufacturer has a different style attach system. However, there are four main attach system styles.
- Axle Mount: Many trailers clamp directly to the rear wheel of your bike and may require a longer axle on your rear wheel.
- Seatstay Mount: Some trailers clamp directly to the non-drive side rear triangle of your bike.
- Seatpost Mount: This type of trailer attaches to your bike using a quick release clamp and shims that go around the seat post. Though convenient and easy to use, this type of mount system is less stable since there is a higher center of gravity.
- Rack Mount: Rack mounted systems are generally only used for trailer-cycles.
Safety Features: All of the bike child trailers we carry meet and exceed all ASTM standards for testing and materials.
- Trailer Design: Some trailers are designed with the child facing towards the back of the bike, while others are designed so that the child faces away from the bike. The best child trailers allow for easy communication with your child, so all of the products we carry are designed with the child facing towards the the rear wheel of the bike.
Additionally, all of our products are designed with a low center of gravity, making them less likely to roll over.
- Roll Cage: A good roll cage prevents the trailer from collapsing in the event that it does roll over. All of our trailers come equipped with sturdy roll cages.
- Harness: It is essential that your child is buckled up when he or she is inside of the trailer. All of our products come with a harness system to keep your little one(s) safe and secure inside the trailer.
- Child Protection: The rear wheel of your bicycle throws dirt and debris up from the road, so it is important to protect your child from these road elements. All of our trailers are equipped with strong mesh covers, which allow air to flow and cool the trailer, while protecting your child from road debris. Some trailers also have sun protection or can be outfitted with sun covers.
Conversion Options: All of our bike child trailers can easily be converted to other setups for all of your outdoor activities! Please check trailer specifications to find out which options are available for each brand.
- Bicycle Kit: One of the best ways to start family cycling is with a bike child trailer. Most of the bike child trailers that we carry come ready made for cycling with manufacturer-specific hitch systems that attach to your bicycle. (Pre-2013 models of the Chariot Cheetah, Cougar, and CX trailers were/are sold as a chassis only and can be set up for cycling with optional cycling kits.)
- Stroller Kit: If you have a child who is under one year of age, you should start out with a stroller option, as infants under one year should not ride in a bike child trailer. All of the Croozer child trailers are sold with both cycling and strolling options, while the Burley and Chariot line of trailers offer easy-to-use strolling kits.
- Jogger Kit: If you love to run and ride with your child, you don't need to have two separate trailers for each. All of our trailers can be easily converted to joggers, and the Croozer Croozer Kid for 1 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model & Croozer Kid for 2 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model come made for cycling, strolling, and jogging.
- Ski Kit: Don't let snow stop you from using your bike child trailer. Chariot offers XC skiing kits for their line of trailers. You simply convert the trailer wheels to skis, strap the trailer around your waist with the harness belt, and hit the ski trails!
- Hiking Kit: Take a hike with your child trailer! With the hiking kit available from Chariot you can hit the trails with a comfortable harness system that fits like a backpack for off-road walking.
Other Features & Accessories: All of our products work with a wide array of accessories to make you and your child as comfortable as possible.
- Folding: Most of the trailers that we carry can be folded down for storage or transportation.
- Suspension: Bike child trailers that are equipped with suspension offer a smoother ride for you and your little one(s).
- Kick Stand: Don't forget this important accessory, which makes getting into and out of the trailer much easier. Although two-wheel bike trailers stay upright on their own, a kickstand such as the ESGE Double Kickstand will keep your bike from tipping over causing the trailer to downwards.
- Covers: Rain covers keep your child warm and dry, while sun covers protect your child from the sun's harsh rays.
- Infant support: If your child is between the ages of 1-18 months, a child sling (1-10 months) or baby supporter (3-18 months) should be used in the trailer. If you child is younger than one year, or is not able to support the weight of his or her head when wearing a helment, you should only use the stroller or jogger options.
- Other Accessories: We carry a wide array of parts and accessories, such as handlebar consoles, storage bags, lights, tires, tubes, and more, and we are happy to answer any of your questions.
Is A Bike Child Trailer Suitable for Your Child?
- Age: Child trailers are recommended for children up to the age of six or until your child it too tall to sit in the trailer comfortably. You should consult with your pediatrician when introducing your child to a bike child trailer, but they are generally not recommended for children under the age of one year. Children who are too young to support their own heads should not wear a helmet and should not ride in a bike child trailer. However, babies may ride in the stroller configuration before they can ride in a towed trailer.
- Weight: Check each trailer for exact specifications, but most trailers are rated for children between 75 - 100 lbs.
*For further information on bike child trailers, please review our Bike Child Trailer FAQ's and our Bike Kids Comparison Chart.
Burley : Since 1978, Burley has been designing and building exceptional and safe family cycling gear and accessories that help you and your family get out and have fun.
Chariot : Chariot Carriers is dedicated solely to the outdoor transportation of children, and it is obvious from their high-quality selection of bike child trailers and accessories. Their purpose is to produce the most innovative, safest, and highest quality child carriers on the market.
Croozer : Croozer, a division of Chariot Carriers, aims to provide safe, comfortable child trailers at economical prices.