HAVING children shouldn’t spell the end of your bike riding days, and there are a number of bike trailers available on the market that allow you to take your little ones along for the ride too.
An upgrade on a child seat, a bike trailer connects to the back of your bike using a tow bar and is generally suited to children under five years old.
The trailers act like a cabin that the children sit in. There is generally a hood to protect them from the elements, while ventilation netting keeps the air flowing into the trailer without obstructing the child’s view.
All have to pass relevant safety tests, ensuring your peace of mind, while harnesses and reflective details are included to keep your children secure and seen.
Like most things in cycling, there is a big range when it comes to price and features, with some high-end bike trailers costing more than £1,000 and including suspension and roll cages.
That shouldn’t put you off buying a bike trailer though. Models start at just £150, so there is something for every price range. Read on below to find the best child bike trailer for you.
1. 100 Series Steel Children’s Bike Trailer
- 100 Series Steel Children’s Bike Trailer, £149.99 from Decathlon – buy here
Decathlon’s entry-level bike trailer is a great buy if you’re looking to transport your kids on a budget.
The trailer’s tow bar attaches to the bike frame, and can fit to all bikes that have wheels between 26”-28” (including most hybrids, road bikes and all but 29” mountain bikes).
The cabin itself has a steel chassis, can fit two children between the ages of 12 months and five years, and has an adjustable hood that can be ridden with fully closed, partially open or fully open.
2. Adventure AT6 Alloy 2 Seater Bicycle Trailer
- AT6 Alloy 2 Seater Bicycle Trailer, £282.99 from Tredz – buy here
The AT6 Alloy by Adventure is similar in design to the B’Twin offering, but takes everything up a notch.
The frame is again constructed from steel and the trailer is big enough to fit two children, but the AT6 Alloy can also be converted to use as a cargo trailer and has an extra built-in cargo safety net.
What’s more, it can fold down quickly for easy storage or for being transported in the boot of a car.
3. Hamax Avenida Child Trailer
- Avenida Child Trailer, from £369.99 from Tredz – buy here
The Avenida by Norwegian brand Hamax is the first bike trailer on this list that is multi-functional out of the box, meaning it can double up as a stroller too.
Available in a single or twin (two children) models, both have a Velcro fastened opening, an extra long sunshade and a five-point harness to keep your precious cargo secure.
Other highlights include an easy folding mechanism, foldable wheel guards and reflectors front and back.
4. Thule Chariot Lite 1
- Chariot Lite 1, £589.99 from Tredz – buy here
Want to ferry your child around in style? Look no further than the Chariot Lite 1 by Thule.
The Chariot is a lightweight piece of kit that is a joy to ride with, and the inclusion of suspension makes the ride comfortable for both parent and passenger.
If that wasn’t enough, the trailer can easily be switched to a jogger, stroller and even for skiing too, making it a seriously adaptable bit of kit.
5. Tout Terrain Singletrailer
- Singletrailer, £1,295 from Bike Fix – buy here
If you fancy hitting the mountain bike trails with your toddler in tow, then the Singletrailer by Tour Terrain could be the one for you.
At £1,295, it’s certainly not the cheapest option, but can you put a price on a combination of adrenaline-fuelled fun and safety?
The cabin has a five-point harness to keep your child in place, while a roll bar keeps them protected even in the event of an accident. Throw in suspension with up to 200mm of travel, and it might just be the most comfortable place to be.
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