By Hannah Bussey published
A children's bike trailer is a great way to get your little ones out on a bike ride with you before they're old enough to ride a bike or if they tire too quickly to go far. But with so many options, it's hard to work out what is the best children's bike trailer for your kids.
Whether you have more than one child, some extra luggage, want an alternative to the best bicycle child seat, or simply just want to leave the car at home, then investing in the best children's bike trailer could make a huge difference to your cycling life.
Our pick of the best children's bike trailers
Burley Encore X
A gold standard trailer that's rugged enough for heavy duty and harsh conditions, the Burley Encore X even comes with its own adjustable suspension to cushion the ride for the passengers. Suitable for up to two children with storage, the outer offers full water repellency.
The best thing about the Burley Encore X is its ability to convert into a stroller, running buggy or sledge for towing behind skis!
Burley Honey Bee
A utilitarian trailer that has seating for one or two kids, and comes with a stroller kit for when you park the bike up. From personal use, this is super durable, and has doubled up as a festival trailer too. Enough storage space for stowing a balance bike when little legs get too tired and handy pockets for snacks. It's also water resistant and comes with a fly screen, tinted windows and an adjustable handlebar.
Bellelli Bike Taxi Trailer
Offering space for two children, up to 25.5kg each, the double buggy child bike trailer is one of the more affordable trailer options. Swift to attach to any bike, the trailer requires no tools in its assembly and folds down neatly after use. A bug screen provides good shade in sunny weather while a rain screen should keep out the wetter conditions.
Thule Coaster XT Bike Trailer
This twin seater is from one of the best brands in children's bike trailers. Swiftly capable of being converted into a stroller, the handlebar is height adjustable for any user. There's extra storage space and the water resistant outer also has a bug shield for added protection. Look out for Thule's additional extras to make the Coaster XT even more versatile.
Weehoo iGo Two Bike Trailer
An alternative option to the standard trailer set-up, the Weehoo trailer system attaches to your seat tube (although this does mean you will need a round seat tube for the mount to attach).
The seated trailer is a mix between a traditional bike seat and trailer, with the added benefit of it being all-terrain and lighter, with a child pedalling option included. There are several of iGo's to choose from, including one or two passengers, or a passenger with cargo, and multiple accessories to ensure the perfect ride for you all.
Bike Original bike trailer
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Decathlon's children's bike trailer offers two child capacity on a budget, with the features of many more expensive options. There's an adjustable polyester hood with a mesh and transparent front window option and the trailer folds down for storage. There are plenty of safety features, including two seat belts, reflective strips and a safety tether to attach the trailer to your bike in case the main coupling were to come undone.
How to choose the best children's bike trailer
The best children's bike trailers are extremely versatile, with some having the capacity for two children along with storage room at the back.
Coming in various sizes, the best children's bike trailers will attach near your rear wheel dropout, via a pivot bracket threaded onto your skewer or to your seatpost via a clamp. This bracket allows the trailer to snake behind the bike, much like a lorry or car trailer, so corners can be easily navigated with a little extra swinging room.
Most, if not all bikes, will accommodate towing a trailer, although with the extra weight and drag it's worth investing in some slightly larger sprockets to ensure your legs can cope.
Depending on what model you opt for, many children's bike trailers easily convert into a push buggy, which thanks to its extra big wheels can be an ideal running buggy if the riding wasn't enough exercise, with some brands also converting to ski options too!
As with bike seats, it's recommended that a child is able to sit unaided before using a trailer, but the upper age limit is variable, up to around 45/50kg, making it a really versatile and usable piece of kit.
The downside to trailers is that as well as being much more expensive than a bike seat you are much more removed from your passengers, making communication difficult, as well as them being much lower to the ground. Most trailers will come with a mesh front and a clear plastic window should it rain, but it's a good idea to fit full length mudguards to limit any road spray on the trailer and its occupants.
Hannah Bussey is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving Tech writer, having started with the Magazine back in 2011.
She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including Pro Peloton Team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand. For fun, she's ridden LEJoG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, win 24 hour mountain bike race and tackle famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.
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