My daughter recently celebrated her 1st birthday and to get her started in the adventurous outdoor activities that we are always seeking out we purchased a Child Trailer.
It was a tossup between the trailer and a seat that attaches directly to the back of the bicycle. What we discovered is that the child trailer is much more versatile for things other than just bike riding. For example you can load a child trailer up with camping gear or picnic items. We learned that some people have converted their trailers into full time gear trailers.
At around 30 pounds they are incredibly lightweight and the aluminum frame makes them very strong. The one we purchased folds flat and the wheels snap off with the push of a button for storage and transport in a car. It also has a smaller wheel that attaches to the front that converts the carrier into a pretty good jogging stroller.
We have a dedicated jogging stroller and so probably won’t use it for that purpose. Two small children can fit in the larger carriers but the maximum weight for all the ones we have looked at is about 100 pounds. I have seen them on auction websites for as little as $70 used and they can be bought at most bicycle retailers/online stores for between $200 and $400 new.
I would recommend that if you are going to be traveling with children in the trailer that you opt for a brand new set-up and get some advice concerning etiquette when pulling a trailer. For example, at the bike shop we visited we got valuable advice on attaching strobe lights and an orange flag for increased visibility and we got our daughter properly fitted for a helmet. We were cautioned about going over bumps too fast and traversing off camber terrain as it could result in tipping of the trailer.
Bike trailers are a great way to carry extra things and to keep active with little ones. We are really looking forward to riding around to the parks and finding our way downtown with the trailer in tow. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or want some advice on what to look for if you are in the market for one.