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Ride with baby using a baby bike trailer

What is a baby bike trailer?

A baby bike trailer looks like a sidecar, with two large rear wheels and a small front wheel. It attaches to your bicycle’s rear axle or frame so you can ride with your baby in tow.

Suitable for children at least one year of age, up to about 6 (depending on weight), kids should always wear a helmet. Some models can carry two children, with weight limits ranging anywhere from 85 up to 125 lbs. But keep in mind that you’ll need to be capable of riding with that much extra weight; double trailers are also wider and can be harder to maneuver. The frame is usually made of rigid steel or aluminum, with mesh vent panels.

The child sits in a bucket-style seat, strapped in via harness with a zippered fabric or plastic shield to protect them from the elements and flying debris.

Low to the ground, a baby bike trailer should only be used on bicycle paths or park trails; never take your child where there are cars. Baby bike trailers are ideal for frequent riders and/or joggers.

What types of baby bike trailers are available?

Designed for either one or two children, some come with conversion kits so you can also use them while jogging or as a stroller; or get the conversion kits separately.

Available in a variety of colours like black, red, yellow, blue, orange, and green, some include ample rear storage areas for your purse or diaper bag and have space for a toy and/or drink or snacks.

What should you look for in a baby bike trailer?

Make sure the trailer fits properly to your bike. If you have limited room at home or in your trunk, find one that folds up compact via a quick folding mechanism and quick release wheels.

Along with a five-point harness, a cross bar that fits across the child’s lap provides added safety.

An alloy frame is much lighter than steel, appreciated if you’re towing a heavy child (or two). Larger wheels from 16-20” can better handle bumps in rockier areas, while small wheels offer better maneuverability for smooth terrain and winding trails. Aluminum rims won’t rust and are lighter as well. Reflectors in the wheel spokes are important, as is an orange safety flag mounted on the trailer; some trailers come with one.

Check if there’s a rotating hitch or other mechanism to keep the trailer upright should the bike tip over. A back-up hitch, like a strap, is also a good idea to prevent the trailer from accidentally detaching from the bike.

Other useful features include tinted windows to prevent glare from the sun and keep the interior cooler during hot and humid days, comfort padded seats and straps, and a stroller handle to use while walking. A hand lock brake system on the rear wheel is great as well when you decide to park while taking a break from jogging.