So….you’ve always loved cycling and don’t want to give it up just because you’ve become a parent. Good, because there is no need to! Thanks to bike trailers, you can get your little one sharing in your passion.
There are many good trailers on the market. You just need to decide what your needs are and then find the one that best suits you.
There are several traits amongst bicycle trailers. They tend to all be about the same size (single or double)and they all offer some type of protection for you child. However, there are also differences. The wheel size will vary, the metal used on the frame will differ and the material to cover the frame comes in a variety of assortments. You will also find that some convert to a regular stroller, some to a jogging stroller and some don’t convert at all. There are even those that can have skis added to the bottom!
If you are an avid cyclist and plan on taking long day trips, you will want to consider one made of aluminum and designed aerodynamically. Be prepared, these tend to be the higher priced trailers. The cost is well worth it if you love your long journeys!
If you are planning to just ride to the park and then perhaps go for a stroll while you’re there; you should consider one that converts to a stroller. Like to jog as well as cycle? Then definitely consider one that comes with a proper jogging wheel.
There are some trailers that will include the different attachments. For others you are able to purchase each attachment separately.
All bike trailers come with covers over the frames. Again, you will have choices here too. The type of material will vary and the purpose of the covers will vary. Some just have one cover, others will include UV shields and bug netting.
Your child’s safety is the primary focus of manufacturers when designing bike trailers. There should be metal bars along the sides, back and front to protect your child from any impact. There will be a seat belt (usually a 5 point harness system). It is also very important to adhere to the age and weight restrictions outlined by the manufacturer. Last, but definitely not least, always ensure your son or daughter wears a certified bike helmet.
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