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The Best Bike Trailers

last updated Oct 29, 2018

I love to ride my bicycle, I love to ride my bike - as the song goes. And for many of us, we do truly love to ride our bikes. Cycling is fun, maybe you stick to paved roads, maybe you race, maybe you cycle mountain trails. You might have even been on a cycling holiday or plan to. The biggest drawback of a bike is carrying more than you have in your pockets. The basket at the front of your grandmother’s bike is not really practical for much more than a few groceries. So what are your options? You could load up a day backpack, but this is not ideal and will cause stress on your back.

What about panniers? Panniers are the bags which can sit to each side of the cycle back and front wheels, these work well but it is best to try and distribute the weight evenly, and if you want to take more than one change of clothes or a larger tent. This is especially true if you are a family taking a biking holiday. Or you like to ride off-road, and putting all that extra weight on our bike frame in panniers is worrying, what then? Well, a bike trailer. Bike trailers really come into two categories, one wheel, and two-wheel trailers, both with advantages and disadvantages. Have a look below at the top 5 trailers, how to choose and what you need to know.

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This list of bike trailers has been put together to show you the best researched and reviewed bike trailers to help you travel with your children or gear on your next cycling adventure. Some new additions to our list are Allen Sports Deluxe, Schwinn Echo, and the Schwinn Day Tripper. We love these additions because they are highly rated, stylish, fold to be compact when not in use, ride smooth, and durable.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Thule Chariot Cross
  • Hamax Outback Multi-Sport
  • InStep Take 2
  • Schwinn Day Tripper
  • Burley Nomad
  • The Original Burley Bee
  • Schwinn Echo
  • Allen Sports Deluxe
  • BOB Ibex
  • Aosom Elite II
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Top Ten Bike Trailers

1. Thule Chariot Cross

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.5
Thule Chariot Cross
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98
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95
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98
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$1,049.95
Pros:

Durable

Easy to Set Up

Comfortable for children

Cons:

Expensive

Number of wheels: 2 (4 when converted)

Type of bike attachment: axle with pivot

Weight: 28 lbs

Size: 44" x 24.4" x 45"

Cargo Space: 100 litres/ 40Kg

Wheel size: 19.5"

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The Thule Chariot Cross is a great bike trailer that is durable, designed to handle anything your active family throws at it and will keep your little ones truly comfortable on your long rides. The trailer is fast to set up, extremely light and has plenty of safety features. While it is on the expensive side, it might be worth it for your family to invest in a long=lasted and well-made trailer.

2. Hamax Outback Multi-Sport

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95.8
Hamax Outback Multi-Sport
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95
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95
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95
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$549.00
Pros:

Comfortable seats

Large passenger area

Adjustable interior

Cons:

Heavy

Number of wheels: 2 (3 when converted)

Type of bike attachment: axle with pivot

Weight: 44.1 lbs

Size: 27.6" x 13" x 41.7"

Cargo Space: 100 litres/ 40Kg

Wheel size: 19.5"

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The Hamax Outback is a great convertible bike trailer that can take you from biking to jogging. It's one of the best options to ensure your little ones have a comfy ride. With an extra-wide interior, washable padded seats, and adjustable seat back your passengers won't find a comfier ride than the Outback. However, this added comfort comes at a price, and that's the weight. You will notice it's considerably heavier than other models and might make your ride much more difficult. You'll have to decide what is best for your situation.

3. InStep Take 2

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93.8
InStep Take 2
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95
Durability
90
Connectivity
95
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95
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$119.99
Pros:

Inexpensive

Larger interior 

well-ventilated

Cons:

Small Plastic Wheels

Number of wheels: 2

Type of bike attachment: axle with pivot

Weight: 23 lbs

Size: 51.8" x 32.5" x 31.9"

Cargo Space: 100 litres/ 40Kg

Wheel size: 16"

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The Take 2 meets all ASTM safety standards: 5-point harness, roll cage, even if minimal, and...because this is an inexpensive model, there are some features lacking. The roll bar isn't the strongest we've looked at and only held together by a small clip. The Take 2 is well-ventilated, with a mesh-covered window in the back for extra airflow. It will keep out rain, but won't be able to withstand a downpour. As for our little passengers, they have plenty of lateral room. They will be strapped in snugly but can be easily adjusted. The seats are unfortunately unpadded and will most likely feel every bump on the road. If you're looking for an inexpensive model to get you and your family out onto the road this is a great option, but if you have some money to spare, definitely look for one of their comfortable trailers.

4. Schwinn Day Tripper

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Schwinn Day Tripper
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$97.59
Pros:

Connects to any bicycle

Folds when not in use

Smooth ride

Cons:

Might be smaller than expected

This bike trailer is for the environmental conscious person as you can use this bike trailer for all of your errands and travels if you need to transport gear. This trailer is also brought to you by Schwinn who is a powerhouse in the cycling industry.

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This trailer brought to you by Schwinn is a defiantly one to check out if you are in the market. It has a sleek and stylish design to help you get to where you need to go in style. It has a wide frame and is able to pack most or all of your gear securely so when you reach your destination, you will have everything you need for your adventure. When you are not using this trailer, it also folds up nicely and becomes compact so storage is easy and this will not take up a large amount of storage in your garage. If you are worrying about if this bike trailer will connect to your bike, then worry no longer as this trailer has a universal fitting to connect to your bicycle.

5. Burley Nomad

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.5
Burley Nomad
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Pros:

Quick and easy to hitch

Hitch bolt/bracket can be left on the axle when not towing

Very stable

Cons:

Wider than your bike

Number of wheels: 2

Type of bike attachment: Axle with pivot

Weight: 6.5KG

Size:82cm x 55cm x 57cm

Cargo Space: 105 litres/ 50KG

Wheel size (in/cm): 16/41

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The Nomad is a two-wheel trailer from Burley. This trailer is designed specifically for touring, with a huge cargo capacity. This heavy-duty trailer is also very lightweight. The trailer includes a waterproof cover and fabric side to ensure whatever you are hauling will remain dry whatever the weather conditions. Inside the trailer, you will find a large capacity, with a space divider which can be collapsed if not needed to separate luggage, and six interior clips to tie gear in place. The side panels feature three large mesh pockets to keep small items separate. The trailer folds down for ease of storage when you are not using it and the wheels can be removed with the push of a button so that they can be stored inside. When attached to your bike and fully loaded the balance point and center of gravity makes the trailer easy to tow and reduces stresses on your bike frame and axle. The two wheels offer good stability and tracking. The hitching the trailer is easy once you have installed the towing hitch and with the added safety straps the chances of you losing your trailer are slim if not impossible.

6. The Original Burley Bee

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The Original Burley Bee
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$299.00
Pros:

Lightweight

Great hitch design

Water-resistant

Cons:

No passenger padding

Number of wheels: 2

Type of bike attachment: Axle with pivot, quick release rubberized trailer hitch.

Weight: 19/95 pounds

Size: 32.25" x 30" x 36"

Cargo Space:

Wheel size: 20"

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This basic model of the Burley line is a great addition to your outdoor gear. With a padded seating area, great safety features, very light, and quick assembly for daily use, it makes it a no-brainer to add to your collection. With two aluminum frame bars, the top of the trailer is secure for little riders. With a five-point harness inside, a UPF 30-rated windows, and good ventilation, With an extra back window with mesh the ride should be comfortable for little ones. While there is no suspension system like other trailers out there, the passengers might notice a bit of jostling if on unpaved or rough roads. If you tend to do off-road riding, you might want to look into another trailer.

7. Schwinn Echo

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.3
Schwinn Echo
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80
Durability
80
Connectivity
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80
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$174.68
Pros:

Stylish

Children fit comfortably

Canopy to block sun

Cons:

If riding on trails, dirt can fly back into trailer

This bike trailer is another one brought to us by Schwinn who is a powerhouse in the industry. This sleek trailer not only will allow you to carry around your children comfortably and securely but also will allow you to fill it with gear if you are cycling to your next adventure.

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This trailer brought to us by Schwinn is a great and affordable trailer if you are looking to either transport your children or store gear and bring it with you on your next adventure. This trailer has a universal hookup which means it can hook up to any bicycle, and also comes equipped with a canopy to block bugs, the sun, or any debris from entering the trailer. If you are wondering about storage, this trailer collapses when not in use to make storage easy. Overall this trailer is one to check out if you are in the market and want the accessibility to transport your children and gear with you on your adventures.

8. Allen Sports Deluxe

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
75.8
Allen Sports Deluxe
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79
Durability
79
Connectivity
75
Use
70
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$88.35
Pros:

Fits two children

Foot guard

Folds for easy storage

Cons:

Takes a bit longer to connect to bike

This bike trailer brought to you by Allen is a great trailer if you are looking for something affordable but will allow you to bring your children with you on your next cycling adventure. If you are also looking for a way to transport your gear, this trailer is also great. Definitely one to check out if you have a budget and are in the market.

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This trailer from Allen is affordable and built to last. It is lightweight to ensure while you are cycling that you are not feeling the weight of a bulky trailer behind you. Not only will this trailer hold your gear, but also can fit two children as well, if you do decide to put your children in this trailer, it comes equipped with a foot guard to protect their feet. Overall this bike trailer is one to check out, not only do to the price but do to the features that it brings with it.

9. BOB Ibex

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72.5
BOB Ibex
Style
70
Durability
75
Connectivity
70
Use
75
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$385.46
Pros:

Adjustable suspension

Quick and easy coupling

Follows your bikes wheels

Cons:

Heavy compared to other single wheel trailers

Number of wheels: 1

Type of bike attachment: Axil fixed

Weight: 7.7KG

Size: 64cm x 41cm x 46cm

Cargo Space: 35KG

Wheel size: 16/41

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The Ibex is a strong single wheel trailer made from steel tubing, which adds to its weight compared to other single wheel trailers. However, the extra strength from the steel frame and steel mesh flatbed enable this trailer to carry just over 35Kg of luggage. The trailer is easy to hitch with the BOB quick release system, once the hitching components have been installed on your bike. The trailer has an adjustable suspension spring, which will protect your load from the bumps and lumps of rough off-road terrain. And as the suspension spring is adjustable up and down 3 full inches it improves handling both on and off-road. The trailer follows the back wheel of the bike but is also pivoted to enable tighter corners when needed. The trailer does not include and bags or covers, as many other trailers do, but a tarp or waterproof sheet can easily be used to wrap your cargo and bungee strap it to the trailer. The trailer is compatible with all bicycles and even some motorbikes.

10. Aosom Elite II

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
72.5
Aosom Elite II
Style
75
Durability
70
Connectivity
75
Use
70
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$105.99
Pros:

Convertible

Lightweight

Easily maneuverable

Cons:

Vague assembly instructions

Number of wheels: 2 (3 when converted)

Type of bike attachment: axle with pivot

Weight: 5.5 KG

Size: 63.5" x 35" x 41.25"

Cargo Space: 100 litres/ 40Kg

Wheel size: 19.5"

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The Aosom Elite II is a great option for an inexpensive trailer that is versatile and well-made. This trailer can cover to a jogger and while it's not the best jogger out there, it's a great addition so you can unhitch, walk around (while still keeping the child contained), and hitch back up when it's time to go. The Elite II has a smooth ride that helps keep little ones from being bumped around on uneven terrain. The front wheel is fully independent and swivels for easy steering, There are brake and adjustable handlebars for comfort.

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If you are going to be going off-road, one-wheel trailers are the best, they equally are great on paved roads. The single wheel setup makes the handling very natural as the trailer wheel will follow the rest of the bike, making negotiating difficult terrain and enabling better maneuverability. Some single wheel trailer such as “Extra wheel” with its twin panniers is almost unnoticeable on paved roads, maybe a slight drag when hill climbing, but that’s expected more weight more drag, whereas other single wheel trailers have a flatbed setup to hold your luggage in a single bag. The length and center of gravity are important considerations and can affect the handling and the need to distribute the weight evenly. All one wheel trailers the weight which you place on the trailer is distributed between the trailers one wheel and the rear wheel of the bike. This increases the weight to the rear wheel of the bike, which has advantages and disadvantages. The extra traction you get from the extra weight makes uphill off road accents easier with less wheel spin.

Two wheel trailers are best on paved roads, but that is not to say that they can not be used off-road, but keep in mind the width of the trailer and the width of the tail, I wouldn’t want to be weaving in and out of trees on a mountain bike trail with a two-wheel trailer, however that is not to say that you cannot ride off road with a two-wheel trailer. But if I want to carry more than 15kg and not really notice the extra weight and be mainly on paved roads, then a two-wheel trailer is for me. Most two wheel trailers are a flatbed cargo trailer attaching to the frame or axis. They can carry a lot of weight. Two-wheeled trailers usually hitch in a similar way to a car trailer, that is to say, they don’t stay statically fixed to the bike by a pivot on there fixing, this means turning corners may need to be taken wider than usual.

The main advantage of a two-wheel, compared to a one wheel trailer, is the balance. A two wheel trailer is easier to handle because it provides it’s own balance. It has less of an effect on the handling of the bike. Also, where a single wheel trailer tilts over when it’s not attached to the bike, a two-wheel trailer stays upright, which makes loading, unloading, and storage easier.

Durability

The most common place to fix a bike trailer is from the axle. Depending on the weight and size of trailer you are going to carry depends on the added stress you are placing on the bike frame. It is recommended that your axil is a 12mm axil, but 10mm axils are generally OK depending on weight
As it says it is mounted to the seat post. The only advantage to this is a smaller turning circle as the pivot is closer to the centre of the frame.

Connectivity

Most bike trailers are designed to be easy to hitch. But to do this you will need to fit a hitching part to your bike and in most cases to the axle itself. Depending on the type of axle your bike has quick release axle or more standard axle bolts it is fairly straightforward as long as you are comfortable in taking part of your bike apart.

Standard bolted axles are probably the easiest to fit a hitch. In most case,s the hitch for the trailer for this type of axle is a replacement bolt or a bracket type attachment which fits behind the bolt. When loosening an axil bolt only loosen one side at a time. I would recommend loosening the opposite side to the bike chain first and replace that bolt or fit the hitch to that side first. Then tighten the new bolt. This will lessen the chance of the rear wheel moving and making the chain loose. Then if needed loosen and replace the chain side bolt. Before hitching the trailer and riding into the sunset, check that the bike chain is still torte and not about to jump off the sprockets.

Quick release axles are slightly more complicated. Although the axle is easy to release and remove, this type of axle usually has some springs which if care is not taken can spring off the axle and be lost. Your trailer might have come with a new quick release axle in which case it is just a case of replacing the axle with the new trailer hitch axle. However some trailers will come with a hitch which needs to be fed onto the axle, this will entail removing axle springs to feed the hitch into position and then replacing the springs. It sounds more complicated than it is but if you have never removed the axil before can be daunting. Again once you have finished attaching the hitch to the axle, check that the chain is taut and not liable to jump from the sprockets.

Hub gear axle. Unless you are an expert do not take this axle out of the bike, it can cause gearing sync problems. Most bikes of this type close to the axle bolt there will be two small holes on the bike frame usually just above the axle bolt. These holes are to attach any modification to the bike which would otherwise be attached to the axle bolt. If you have this type of axle with hub gears or internal gears then make sure you specify this when you buy the trailer as the correct hitch attachment will need to be included.

Use

When looking to purchase a bike trailer for the reason on transporting your children from on place to another, or if you have some gear that you need to transport, how the bike trailer works and how smooth the ride is will be one of the most important factors of deciding which trailer is for you. Look closely at how the unit connects to your bike, and also how it rides on the road or trails you intend to use it. Most companies will have a return policy, so if you find a trailer you are interested in, purchase it and test tit out, if it is not riding the way you like it, then return it and continue on the hunt for your perfect bike trailer.

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Save the environment, one pedal at a time

Next time you need to do some errands and have a bike trailer, try cycling to your shops and storing your products and gear in your bike trailer. This way you save on gas, get exercise, and save the environment one pedal at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How old should my child be to ride in a trailer?
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Your child should be able to sit upright and hold his or her head up while wearing a helmet. Typically they can ride in the trailer until about age six, or until they become too tall for their helmet to fit below the internal roll bar.

q: Which is better, a trailer or a baby seat?
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Neither a trailer nor a baby seat is necessarily better than the other. Both have their advantages. The two main benefits of baby seats are that they are, one, more intimate because your child is closer to you, and two, less expensive. Trailers, on the other hand, are considered safer because they don’t tip over if the bike falls over, and in the rare event of a rollover, they provide protection to the passenger. A trailer also has less of a negative effect on how the bike handles.

q: Does my child have to wear a helmet in the bicycle trailer?
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Some countries have mandatory cycle helmet laws. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the laws in your region before using the child trailer. In countries like Germany, where the use of bicycle helmets is not mandatory, children in bicycle trailers are also not required to wear a helmet. Most trailers come with roll-over and side-impact protection and provide a well-protected space for your children so that you can travel together safely.

Nevertheless, we think it makes sense to help children get used to wearing a bicycle helmet as early as possible. Special helmets with flat backs are available for use with bike seats and trailers. These helmets make it possible for children to rest their heads comfortably on the seat back.

q: What can I do to keep my bicycle trailer looking and working great for as long as possible?
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The fabric body, the seat and all metal parts can be cleaned with water, a soap solution or a mild household detergent. Ideally, use biodegradable cleaning agents to minimize environmental impact. A soft brush can be used for cleaning areas of heavy soiling. Never use thinners, solvents, mineral spirits or other aggressive chemicals, as these could damage the materials.

To protect metal parts from corrosion, a thin coat of paste wax should be applied. Preserving metal parts with paste wax is especially important if you plan to use often in wet weather, in the winter or in salty air near the sea.

Never use pressure washers. The strong water pressure could damage the fabric and plastic windows or force water into the wheel bearings, shortening their service life.

q: What is the advantage of using a trailer instead of panniers?
a:

The main benefit of using a trailer instead of panniers is that it enables you to carry very large loads without compromising the handling or control of the bike. It also reduces the wear on your bike and allows for quick disconnect if you want to take a quick ride without all of your gear.