Can you remember your first cycling experience? For many, it may have been sitting in a children's seat attached to a bicycle being ridden by a parent. These days, children's bicycle trailers are all the go.
Over recent weeks we have had significant interest from parents wanting to buy and learn about children's bicycle trailers. They can be a perfect solution to including the whole family in a trip to the park, down to the shops or along a scenic rail trail.
To assist in the buying process, we created the following list of our hot tips for buying a children's bicycle trailer. We must thank the team from Oceania Bicycles for lending a Croozer Kids Plus for Two bicycle trailer for this article.
Here's our hot tips from number six to one:
6. Consider the Centre of Gravity
Have you ever attempted to drive a high or weighted vehicle around a sharp corner? Or better yet, watched a tall versus shorter sportsperson run around a sports field? Having a good centre of gravity with your bicycle trailer will allow you to be agile.
Look for where the wheel axle is compared to the weight and size of the trailer. Better yet, take a test ride and approach some different corners to get a feel for how it handles.
5. Weight and Size
Think stationary weight and riding weight. The stationary weight will of course be a factor should you need to lift the trailer in and out of a car. The weight can be helped by the materials used to build the trailer. Look for slightly larger wheels that have reduced tyre tread as they will assist with rolling.
Like centre of gravity, the weight and size will impact how the trailer feels when you are towing young ones around. The type of materials used will be important here. Generally, most trailers on the market are made from a lighter alloy, plastics and canvas for the cover. Combined with children you could be towing upwards of 40kg for a two child trailer.
4. What Else Can It Do?
The Croozer Kids Plus for Two is a trailer, stroller and jogging pram. With a few easy adjustments to include a steering handle and front wheel (all included), you've got yourself a stroller to walk to the shops. Need we say more?
What can we say? This Croozer has a big booty. Not everyone will need a two child trailer like the one we had, but if you do, you may need a Land Rover and extra wide doors to store and transport your trailer. For our office door, we had to remove a wheel to fit this big beast into the office.
The safety of young ones is always a key consideration for this type of purchase. But don't let that stop you from getting a fun making machine like this. When it comes to buying, check out the quality of materials used, how it has been built, reputation of the brand you are buying and whether they back-up the product with warranties.
Where you ride and when will also be a key factor. A busy road is probably not the best place for a bicycle trailer with a wide load. So choose your route carefully.
1. Age of Children
Brain and spinal development are the important items to consider here. We suggest liaising with your chosen health professional for this, but a good guide is to ensure children are over 12 months. Some sources suggest children wear helmets when in the trailer (a good tip), but only if they can support their own heads.
Other items relating to age will be height and weight of your children - you'll soon know if they have become too tall or heavy...
Like safety and any of our other tips, the age of children should be something you consider during your purchase. None of our tips should stop you from buying. With a bit of thought during your purchase, you will be well on the way to fun times with your children. Enjoy the ride.