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Choosing the perfect child trailer for your family

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Getting Started:

You've seen them around town, and they look like a lot of fun, for both you and your little one(s). But there are so many options, it's hard to know where to start. That's what we're here for!

Although there is a lot to choose from in bike child transportation, it is definitely good to have options.

The three most common options are bike child trailers, trailer-cycles, and bike child seats.

There are pros and cons to each mode of bike child transportation, so it is important to consider what type of riding you plan to do with your child and which option would make you all the most comfortable

As far a bike child trailers are concerned, there are a few important factors you should consider before you purchase one.

The first, and most important, factor to consider is the age and development of your child.

For all modes of bike child transportation, we highly recommend that your child wear a helmet. However, infants (from birth to about 12 months) who are not old enough to support their own heads should not wear a helmet. Also, children under one year may not be physically developed enough to withstand riding in a bike child trailer.

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Consult with your child's pediatrician to determine when he or she is ready to wear a helmet and thus be ready to ride safely and comfortably in a bike child trailer.

If you want to get started immediately, the good news is that most bike child trailers have stroller conversion options, so you can use the stroller feature until your child is old enough to join you for a bike ride.

The second factor to consider is what type of family cycling activities you would like to do with your child(ren) - both in the present and in the future.

These days, the term bike child trailer is almost a misnomer, as nearly all of the models that we sell can be converted to a stroller or jogger. There are even hiking and skiing kits available for some of our bike child trailers.

The options are endless and the potential for fun family adventures is high! To that end, we recommend selecting a bike child trailer that caters to your favorite activity and expanding your options from there.

For example: The Thule Chariot Cheetah 1, includes a strolling kit, and the Thule Chariot CX 1 includes a jogging kit. But you can add a cycling, hiking, or skiing kit if that suits your lifestyle. (Hint: Get the cycling kit.)

Burley child trailers come ready-made for cycling, and you can choose from optional strolling or jogging kits.

Croozer child trailers come ready made for cycling and strolling, and the Croozer Croozer Kid For 1 Bike Child Trailer & Croozer Kid For 2 Bike Child Trailer trailers also come ready made for jogging.

The third factor to consider when selecting a bike child trailer are the features and accessories you would like to make your bike child trailer comfortable for you and your child.

Our line of bike child trailers are all very easy to customize to your personal preferences and needs. All of our trailers also meet and exceed all ASTM standards for testing and materials, so you can be certain that your little ones will be safe inside the trailer you choose.

Additionally, all of our bike child trailers are two-wheeled trailers, which have little impact on your bicycle's handling characteristics.

The main difference you will notice when pulling a bike child trailer is the increased weight and width of the trailer. But because the load of a two-wheeled trailer is distributed between the trailer's two wheels and the hitch arm, the trailer is kept level as the bicycle moves and turns. You will not notice much of a change in handling.

Here at BikeKidShop.com we carry all of the manufacturer's accessories for the brands of bike child trailers we carry. We then went even further by gathering together all of the additional accessories and parts that we found helpful and useful for repairing or upgrading or just doing more with your trailer.

Tires, Tubes, and Boring Stuff

If you don't need a new tire or tube eventually, you haven't been having enough fun.

Don't let finding the odd size tube or tire keep your bike child trailer out of commission, we have tubes and replacement tires to fit almost every kind of child trailer. Our range of tubes and tires even includes high quality touring tires for longer term reliability.

Storage, Multitasking, and Theft Deterrence


Storing your trailer in the garage on the porch or putting it in the attic for the winter? Or maybe you are taking your trailer with you on vacation. Many of child trailers are also great as strollers you know... Then check out our selection of bike child trailer storage and travel accessories.

We carry handlebar consoles to hold the items you want at hand -- water bottles, cell phone -- while your trailer is in stroller mode. We carry locks, kickstands, and other accessories to keep your bike and trailer stable when it's not in motion or not with you.

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Occupancy - How many children will it carry?



  • Single: Single child bike trailers, such as the Burley Solo Bike Child Trailer, the Chariot Cheetah1 Bike Child Trailer, the Chariot Cougar1, the Chariot CX1 Bike Child Trailer, and the Croozer Kid for 1 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model are more compact and slightly nimbler than their two seat counterparts. But they are definitely made for one child only!
  • Double: The rest of our bike child trailer line consists of trailers that will hold one or two children. Though slightly larger than the one seat trailers, they are great for bringing along the whole crew.


  • Attach System - How does the trailer attach to your bike?: Each trailer manufacturer has a different style attach system. However, there are four main attach system styles.


  • Axle Mount: Many trailers clamp directly to the rear wheel of your bike and may require a longer axle on your rear wheel.
  • Seatstay Mount: Some trailers clamp directly to the non-drive side rear triangle of your bike.
  • Seatpost Mount: This type of trailer attaches to your bike using a quick release clamp and shims that go around the seat post. Though convenient and easy to use, this type of mount system is less stable since there is a higher center of gravity.
  • Rack Mount: Rack mounted systems are generally only used for trailer-cycles.


  • Safety Features: All of the bike child trailers we carry meet and exceed all ASTM standards for testing and materials.


  • Trailer Design: Some trailers are designed with the child facing towards the back of the bike, while others are designed so that the child faces away from the bike. The best child trailers allow for easy communication with your child, so all of the products we carry are designed with the child facing towards the the rear wheel of the bike.

    Additionally, all of our products are designed with a low center of gravity, making them less likely to roll over.
  • Roll Cage: A good roll cage prevents the trailer from collapsing in the event that it does roll over. All of our trailers come equipped with sturdy roll cages.
  • Harness: It is essential that your child is buckled up when he or she is inside of the trailer. All of our products come with a harness system to keep your little one(s) safe and secure inside the trailer.
  • Child Protection: The rear wheel of your bicycle throws dirt and debris up from the road, so it is important to protect your child from these road elements. All of our trailers are equipped with strong mesh covers, which allow air to flow and cool the trailer, while protecting your child from road debris. Some trailers also have sun protection or can be outfitted with sun covers.


  • Conversion Options: All of our bike child trailers can easily be converted to other setups for all of your outdoor activities! Please check trailer specifications to find out which options are available for each brand.


  • Bicycle Kit: One of the best ways to start family cycling is with a bike child trailer. Most of the bike child trailers that we carry come ready made for cycling with manufacturer-specific hitch systems that attach to your bicycle. (Pre-2013 models of the Chariot Cheetah, Cougar, and CX trailers were/are sold as a chassis only and can be set up for cycling with optional cycling kits.)
  • Stroller Kit: If you have a child who is under one year of age, you should start out with a stroller option, as infants under one year should not ride in a bike child trailer. All of the Croozer child trailers are sold with both cycling and strolling options, while the Burley and Chariot line of trailers offer easy-to-use strolling kits.
  • Jogger Kit: If you love to run and ride with your child, you don't need to have two separate trailers for each. All of our trailers can be easily converted to joggers, and the Croozer Croozer Kid for 1 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model & Croozer Kid for 2 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model come made for cycling, strolling, and jogging.
  • Ski Kit: Don't let snow stop you from using your bike child trailer. Chariot offers XC skiing kits for their line of trailers. You simply convert the trailer wheels to skis, strap the trailer around your waist with the harness belt, and hit the ski trails!
  • Hiking Kit: Take a hike with your child trailer! With the hiking kit available from Chariot you can hit the trails with a comfortable harness system that fits like a backpack for off-road walking.


  • Other Features & Accessories: All of our products work with a wide array of accessories to make you and your child as comfortable as possible.


  • Folding: Most of the trailers that we carry can be folded down for storage or transportation.
  • Suspension: Bike child trailers that are equipped with suspension offer a smoother ride for you and your little one(s).
  • Kick Stand: Don't forget this important accessory, which makes getting into and out of the trailer much easier. Although two-wheel bike trailers stay upright on their own, a kickstand such as the ESGE Double Kickstand will keep your bike from tipping over causing the trailer to downwards.
  • Covers: Rain covers keep your child warm and dry, while sun covers protect your child from the sun's harsh rays.
  • Infant support: If your child is between the ages of 1-18 months, a child sling (1-10 months) or baby supporter (3-18 months) should be used in the trailer. If you child is younger than one year, or is not able to support the weight of his or her head when wearing a helment, you should only use the stroller or jogger options.
  • Other Accessories: We carry a wide array of parts and accessories, such as handlebar consoles, storage bags, lights, tires, tubes, and more, and we are happy to answer any of your questions.


  • Is A Bike Child Trailer Suitable for Your Child?


  • Age: Child trailers are recommended for children up to the age of six or until your child it too tall to sit in the trailer comfortably. You should consult with your pediatrician when introducing your child to a bike child trailer, but they are generally not recommended for children under the age of one year. Children who are too young to support their own heads should not wear a helmet and should not ride in a bike child trailer. However, babies may ride in the stroller configuration before they can ride in a towed trailer.
  • Weight: Check each trailer for exact specifications, but most trailers are rated for children between 75 - 100 lbs.
  • Attach System - How does the trailer attach to your bike?: Each trailer manufacturer has a different style attach system. However, there are four main attach system styles.

  • Axle Mount: Many trailers clamp directly to the rear wheel of your bike and may require a longer axle on your rear wheel.
  • Seatstay Mount: Some trailers clamp directly to the non-drive side rear triangle of your bike.
  • Seatpost Mount: This type of trailer attaches to your bike using a quick release clamp and shims that go around the seat post. Though convenient and easy to use, this type of mount system is less stable since there is a higher center of gravity.
  • Rack Mount: Rack mounted systems are generally only used for trailer-cycles.
  • Safety Features:


  • All of the bike child trailers we carry meet and exceed all ASTM standards for testing and materials.

  • Trailer Design: Some trailers are designed with the child facing towards the back of the bike, while others are designed so that the child faces away from the bike. The best child trailers allow for easy communication with your child, so all of the products we carry are designed with the child facing towards the the rear wheel of the bike.
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    Additionally, all of our products are designed with a low center of gravity, making them less likely to roll over.

  • Roll Cage: A good roll cage prevents the trailer from collapsing in the event that it does roll over. All of our trailers come equipped with sturdy roll cages.

  • Harness: It is essential that your child is buckled up when he or she is inside of the trailer. All of our products come with a harness system to keep your little one(s) safe and secure inside the trailer.

  • Child Protection: The rear wheel of your bicycle throws dirt and debris up from the road, so it is important to protect your child from these road elements. All of our trailers are equipped with strong mesh covers, which allow air to flow and cool the trailer, while protecting your child from road debris. Some trailers also have sun protection or can be outfitted with sun covers.

  • Conversion Options: All of our bike child trailers can easily be converted to other setups for all of your outdoor activities! Please check trailer specifications to find out which options are available for each brand.


  • Bicycle Kit: One of the best ways to start family cycling is with a bike child trailer. Most of the bike child trailers that we carry come ready made for cycling with manufacturer-specific hitch systems that attach to your bicycle. (Pre-2013 models of the Chariot Cheetah, Cougar, and CX trailers were/are sold as a chassis only and can be set up for cycling with optional cycling kits.)

  • Stroller Kit: If you have a child who is under one year of age, you should start out with a stroller option, as infants under one year should not ride in a bike child trailer. All of the Croozer child trailers are sold with both cycling and strolling options, while the Burley and Chariot line of trailers offer easy-to-use strolling kits.

  • Jogger Kit: If you love to run and ride with your child, you don't need to have two separate trailers for each. All of our trailers can be easily converted to joggers, and the Croozer Croozer Kid for 1 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model & Croozer Kid for 2 Bike Child Trailer - 2013 Model come made for cycling, strolling, and jogging.

  • Ski Kit: Don't let snow stop you from using your bike child trailer. Chariot offers XC skiing kits for their line of trailers. You simply convert the trailer wheels to skis, strap the trailer around your waist with the harness belt, and hit the ski trails!

  • Hiking Kit: Take a hike with your child trailer! With the hiking kit available from Chariot you can hit the trails with a comfortable harness system that fits like a backpack for off-road walking.


  • Need to be let out of the Cage? Check out our Trailer cycles!

    Trailer-Cycles are a great way to bring your child on your next bicycle ride. Not only do they help children improve their cycling skills, while getting exercise, they also allow children to contribute to the speed and fun of your family cycling adventures.

    Trailer-cycles are essentially the back-half of a bicycle, including the handlebars, the saddle, the pedals, and the rear wheel, and they mimic the position of a traditional bicycle designed for smaller riders, though without the front wheel. They typically mount onto a dedicated rear rack or the seat post of a towing bicycle, and they can be easily mounted and unmounted from the towing bicycle or transferred to another bike. So as your child outgrows his or her bike child trailer, balance bike, or bike child seat, you might want to consider a trailer-cycle to ease the transition to a regular bicycle.
    Trailer-cycles allow you to increase the distance of your family cycling adventures without tiring out your child. On a trailer-cycle, your child is able to pedal along with you enabling him or her to ride farther than he or she might be able to on an independent bicycle. Additionally, your child still has the security of being under your control, since you are in charge of braking and steering. Unlike a tandem, your child can coast while riding on the trailer-cycle, and the two of you do not have to pedal in-sync with one another.

    At the same time, your child can develop a feel for riding a bicycle at a reasonable speed, which he or she can translate to his or her own bicycle when the time is right. Your child is also able to get some exercise and fresh air while riding on a trailer-cycle, as are you while towing one!

    Trailer-cycle attachment systems make them very user-friendly and adaptable. Unlike a tandem, a trailer-cycle can be easily removed from a towing bicycle when it is not needed. On the same token, it can easily be transferred from one towing bike to another. Trailer cycles are typically mounted to a towing bicycle one of two ways: seat post or rack mounted. The most common attachment system is a seat post mounted system like those from Adam's Trail-A-Bike or Weehoo. Another, less common, system of attachment uses a dedicated rear rack that is attached to the rack eyelets on the towing bicycle and joins with the tow arm of the trailer-cycle. It should be noted that both systems will have an impact on your bicycle's handling characteristics.

    Since the trailer-cycle articulates from the towing bicycle, the weight can have varying push, pull, or sway effects. Single-wheel trailers like a trailer-cycle can often be felt swaying side-to-side slightly, which is perfectly normal but does take some getting used to. Also, the high mounting point of seat post or rack mounted systems above the axle of your rear wheel can increase the changes in bike handling, so it is important to get in some practice on the trailer-cycle before you head out for a long ride. name-of-category-image

    Much like a regular bicycle, trailer-cycles come in a variety of gearing options from single-speed trailer-cycles to geared trailer-cycles. Some trailer-cycles, like the Adams Folder 24 Trail-A-Bike, have larger wheels (ie. 24") to accommodate bigger riders. They are even available as tandem trailer-cycles for carrying two children. Most trailer-cycles can be folded down for easy transport and storage. As your child grows, you can make adjustments to the trailer-cycle in order to accommodate longer legs, arms, and torso by adjusting the seat post and saddle. Trailer-cycles typically do not have brakes, as the towing bicycle is in charge of braking. Additionally, it is often beneficial to add a set of toe-clips to the trailer-cycle pedals to help keep those little feet from flying off the pedals.

    Adams Trail-A-Bikes: Since 1986, Adam's has been focused on developing great products that make family cycling a great experience for everyone. The Adam's Trail-A-Bike line has something for children of all sizes, and their great accessories will make your next family cycling trip fun, memorable, and repeatable!
    Weehoo Trailers: Weehoo products are designed by parents, for parents (and children, of course)! The Weehoo iGo trailer-cycle is a unique trailer-cycle/ bike child trailer that allows your child to comfortably sit, pedal, and enjoy your ride together. Try a Weehoo for your next family cycling adventure!

    Attachment System


  • Seat Post Mounted: Seat post mounted systems utilize a hitch that attaches to the seat post of the towing bicycle. With a seat post mounted trailer-cycle, like those from Adam's Trail-A-Bike or Weehoo, the pivot joint for the trailer-cycle is slightly extended from the seat post via the tow arm, which allows the trailer to pivot more naturally in corners and provides for a stable connection between the towing bike and trailer-cycle.
  • Bike Rack Mounted: Rack mounted systems utilize a hitch that is integrated into a rear rack, which is mounted to your bicycle using the rack eyelets. Rack mounted systems are nice, because they provide a very stable base for the trailer-cycle pivot points, but they are less common and less adaptable between different bikes than their seat post mounted counterparts.


  • Impacts on Towing Bicycle Handling Characteristics


  • Child Weight: It is generally recommended that any children who ride on the trailer-cycle only weigh about half as much as the rider of the towing bicycle. This recommendation varies slightly depending on the experience, riding style, and bicycle geometry of the towing cyclist and bicycle. However, the closer the child and adult are to each other in weight, the more the handling of the bicycle will change.
  • Child Behavior: Additionally, it is recommended that the towing cyclist ask the child rider to stay relatively still and not get out of the saddle to pedal, as excessive movement can cause the trailer-cycle to rock from side-to-side and further impact the towing bicycle's handling.
  • Towing Bicycle: Most bicycles are capable of pulling a trailer-cycle, but it is important that you make sure the towing bicycle is in good working order before using a trailer-cycle. If you have any questions about whether your bicycle will work with a trailer-cycle, please don't hesitate to contact us.


  • Features to Consider


    Gearing: Trailer-cycles are available in both single-speed and geared versions. Single-speed trailer-cycles are great for children who are new to riding and haven't learned the fundamentals of shifting. Geared trailer-cycles are perfect for older children who want to be able to contribute to the ride and learn how to shift.

    Folding: All of the trailer-cycles in the Adam's Trail-A-Bike model line can be folded down with an easy-to-use quick release mechanism that is integrated into the frame of the trailer-cycle. It is much easier to transport or store a trailer-cycle that is folded down, as they are quite long when fully extended.

    Multiple Riders: Tandem trailer-cycles allow you to bring two children with you on the next family cycling adventure. Not to mention, they give you twice the pedaling assistance!

    Panniers & Bags: The Weehoo iGo trailer-cycle comes equipped with two small panniers that are integrated onto the rear wheel of the trailer-cycle. There is also extra storage capacity in the seat of the iGo. However, unless your trailer-cycle is designed to carry panniers or bags, you should not mount additional bags on a trailer-cycle.

  • Accessories & Extra Hitches: Trailer-cycles can be outfitted with a few useful such as a canopy for your Weehoo iGo or a backrest for your Adam's Trail-A-Bike. Another useful accessory is a second hitch for your trailer-cycle, which can be mounted on a second bike for easy transfer.

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