The Truth About Bike Trailers For Kids And Pets

Heading into the market looking for a bike trailer is challenging. It’s not about yourself but also about your children and/or pets. With this in mind, it’s best to prepare ahead of time and have a checklist of requirements in hand to make the purchase easier.

Bike trailers aren’t all one and the same. In fact, a lot of them vary with regards to their capacity, look, and price.

The Most Important Details Before Making A Purchase

1) Usage

What are you going to be using the trailer for? Do you have one child or two children? How many pets do you have?

These questions are pertinent. It’s similar to buying a two-seater when you have four children at home! Think about the usage because this is a mandatory requirement and one you cannot seriously overlook.

In general, you will have multiple options with one-seater or two-seater variations. Remember, bike trailers need to work with the bike and shouldn’t become impossible to move around as an adult. It’s also important to make sure there’s enough space for two children to sit side by side without getting hurt or in each other’s way.

Look for something that’s in line with your usage requirements.

2) Terrain

Where are you going to be riding the bike?

For example, individuals that are going to be riding in a bumpy or uneven area will want something that has a powerful suspension system. Otherwise, you are going to fall or the children are going to be in for a horrible riding experience. This is one of the most important requirements in places where there are far too many bumps along the way. However, if you live in an area that is relatively smooth, this is not going to be on your list of requirements.

You also want to think about the terrain when it comes to a trailer’s weight. If it is heavy, it can become impossible to drag it uphill without getting hurt or tired. You want something that is lighter so the pulling isn’t impossible to manage! Be smart and make sure you are aware of the terrain before buying. This will simplify your riding experience and is going to be better for the children or pets too.

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3) Weather

What is the weather like where you’re going to be riding the bike?

Getting a bike trailer that doesn’t have a rain shield might not matter in the middle of Arizona but it’s certainly going to have a role to play in New Orleans! This is why you have to sit down and look into the weather conditions as soon as possible. A rain shield is of utmost importance if you’re going to be riding in the rain. Otherwise, your children or pets aren’t going to be in good shape at the end of the ride.

4) Compatibility

Yes, most bike trailers are compatible with your bike but that doesn’t mean 100% of them are.

There are certain bike trailers that will not work with your type of bike. Look at the details before getting excited about a specific model. This is the only way to ensure you don’t end up buying something that doesn’t latch onto your bike and isn’t going to work out.

However, if you do want to go with a specific bike trailer, you are more than welcome to purchase a hitch adaptor that will go in between to help complete the latching process.

5) Budget

kid-riding-a-bike-with-a-trailer-behind-with-another-kidEveryone has a budget when it comes to what they can afford and what they cannot. Keep this number in mind before looking at any bike trailers on the open market. It is a lot easier to have a figure in mind instead of randomly going through multiple options.

By setting a budget, you’ll cut out choices that are expensive and out of your range. It saves time and you can focus on what really matters and that is the list of features for specific bike trailers.

6) Usability

There is nothing worse than getting a bike trailer, which takes far too much time to set up. Even the best bike trailer is useless if it takes too long to set up. There are many examples where everything goes together and it works seamlessly but the setup process takes too long.

In this case, you want to focus on the usability component of a bike trailer.

It doesn’t matter how good a bike trailer is if you can’t set it up within a few seconds. Otherwise, it’s going to be a real waste of time and is simply not a good investment.

Keep these details in mind before making a purchase. Your bike trailer has to fit certain criteria and it’s best to get started as soon as possible.

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