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13 Best Child Trailers for Bikes 2024 | Pick Your Lightweight Bike Trailer Jogger Stroller Today

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Who would have thought that the baby cycle trailer is a challenging topic? In fact, the lightweight bike trailer that can be converted into a bike trailer jogger stroller is challenging to find. It comes down to quite a few technical details and research that every parent shall be aware of before committing to a purchase.

There are multiple bike trailers for kids that fit under several quality levels, such as high-end, mid-range, entry-level, and best for the budget. So, let’s find out what the best child trailers for bikes in our bike trailer buying guide are.

What is a baby bike trailer?

A bike trailer for baby and toddler is a frame with a hitch system that is intended to transport kids by bicycle. It can be converted into a three- or four-wheeled bike trailer jogger stroller. So, you can bike in the woods, jog in the mountains, stroll in the park, and even ski.

The main advantage of children’s bike trailers is that they provide a huge amount of extra carrying capacity, so it is a place where your kids feel comfortable and you can add some extra things on top as a storage capacity in some of the best bike trailers for kids is extremely impressive.

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What age is a bike trailer for?

Bike trailers for children are usually designed from 12 months of age. However, if you use it as a bike trailer stroller, you can stroll your baby (not jog or run!) as young as six weeks old. In this case, you must get a special baby insert that will support your baby’s head and neck during the stroll.

Note: Not all the best child bike trailers have an upgrade to an infant insert. You should check it before the purchase. Thule and Burley will be your best choice.

Best child trailers for bikes by price range

High-End Bike Trailers

High-end: these are the best child bike trailers with the most features. They are most durable and will serve you for years. All these bike trailers can convert into a bike trailer stroller and jogger.

Mid-Range Bike Trailers

Mid-range: these children’s bike trailers are very similar to high-end ones. You may give up on some fancy features, such as a reclinable seat or adjustable suspension, but you will be able to save on cost and make it more affordable. These class bike trailers also convert to a stroller and jogger.

Entry-Level Bike Trailers

Entry-level: you may not get all the features compared to expensive models, but you will definitely get a well-performing, durable baby bike trailer for a reasonable price. Only some can be converted to a stroller.

Budget Bike Trailers

Budget: this is an option when you can afford a bike toddler trailer for under $200. You will miss the most features (e.g. an easy compact fold), but you will get a bike trailer that serves its exact purpose. Make sure you choose the 20-inches tires on metal rims rather than 16-inches tires on plastic rims. This will offer better performance with a maximum recommended speed of 15mph (compared to 10mph).

Do you know how to choose the best bike trailer and what features to look for? Read our bike trailer buying guide here.

What is the difference between a single bike trailer and a double one?

The reality is that single and double bike trailers carry the same features. The only difference is their size and capacity.

If you are planning to have only one child, then a single bike trailer is for you. It is also more narrow, easier to maneuver and pull. The double bike trailer stroller is wider, and it offers space for two kids. It is a good option for a growing family or when you plan to use the second seat for extra storage.

Note: you cannot place your only child in the middle of the double bike trailer, so keep in mind the balance during your ride.

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13 Best Child Trailers for Bikes 2021

Now let’s find you the best bike trailer for kids comparing a few high-quality well-known models on the market.

Thule Bike Trailers

Thule is one of the best brands specializing in high-end all-terrain jogger strollers and bike trailers. Important that with Thule you can think of any activity and implement it into life because these bike trailer strollers are designed for an active lifestyle. They can be an all-around trailer, jogger, and stroller, offering comfort and flexibility. With Thule Chariot bike trailers, you can bike in the woods, jog in the mountains, stroll in the park, and even ski.

There are four fantastic products that you can consider:

Thule Chariot Sport

Thule Chariot Sport is the newest model and provides more features than any Thule bike trailer. The main differences are additional seat padding, removable side panels for better ventilation during summer, and the fact that the seat can be reclined separately on a Thule double bike trailer stroller.

Thule Chariot Cross

Thule Chariot Cross is the most popular model, it offers everything you need and beyond. Interesting that the double bike trailer is more in demand than the single bike trailer, mainly because of its little difference in price and overall width (only 5-6 inches). Plus, Thule Chariot Cross double bike trailer stroller is way roomier.

Thule Chariot Lite

Thule Chariot Lite is a mid-range bike trailer. The main difference is that the suspension is non-adjustable and there is less back padding.

Thule Chariot Cheetah XT

Thule Chariot Cheetah XT is an entry-level multi-sport stroller. It doesn’t offer as many features as the rest of Thule Chariot bike trailers. The sunshade and rain cover are not removable, the handlebar has only two heights to adjust, and there is no full-suspension or padding seat. To switch the height, you should remove the handlebar first and flip it over.

Thule Chariot Comparison Chart

Let’s take a glance at the best child trailers for bikes designed by Thule. This chart will allow you to see the difference in features clearer.

Feature

Thule Chariot Sport

Thule Chariot Cross

Thule Chariot Lite

Thule Chariot Cheetah XT

Product image

Price range

High-end

High-end

Mid-range

Entry-level

Seat capacity

1 to 2 children

1 to 2 children

1 child

1 to 2 children

Product weight

35.05 lbs
(15.90 kg)

31.90 lbs
(14.47 kg)

27.50 lbs
(12.47 kg)

 26.50 lbs
(12.02 kg)

Weight limit

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) per seat

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) per seat

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) per seat

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) per seat

Age limit

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

Harness system

Five-point

Five-point

Five-point

Five-point

Includes bike kit

V

V

V


Includes stroll kit

V

V

V

V

Jogging kit

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Cross-country ski kit

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Adjustable handlebar

V - 5 Heights

V - 5 Heights

V - 5 Heights

V - 2 Heights

Suspension

V - Adjustable

V - Adjustable

V - Non-Adjustable

Folding

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Rain cover

V - Removable

V - Removable

V - Removable

V - Not Removable

Sunshade

V - Removable

V - Removable

V - Removable

V

Adjustable vents

V

V

V

Rear safety light

V

V

V

Removable & washable padding

V - Seat and back padding

V - seat padding only

Reclining seats

V
V

Peekaboo window

V
V

Removable side windows

V - Exposes mesh windows

Hand brake

V

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Lock kit

V

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Additional accessories for Thule

Burley Bike Trailers

Next up: the best child trailers for bikes – Burley. One important thing that you should know about the Burley brand is that all models are proud to feature the same quality and safety basics. There is no Burley bike trailer safer than the other and the quality of all Burley bike trailers is exceptional. The main difference in models is in their unique features. Plus, Burley bike trailers are typically up to 8 lbs (3.5 kg) lighter than Thule Chariot.

Burley D’Lite X

Burley D’Lite X is a high-end bike trailer. The main difference is in its features. It has a special skeg guard with integrated reflectors to protect the bottom of the trailer. Plus, added reflective accents add visibility from all angles. Burley D’Lite X unlike Burley Encore X has a capacity for one or two children. It features removable padded seats with headrests. The included format makes for quick and easy cleaning. It is important to note that Burley D’Lite features an adjustable suspension which is extremely important for off-road rides. Lastly, it offers an adjustable sunshade and extra ventilation both on the front and rear windows.

Burley Encore X

Burley Encore X. Compared to Burley Honey Bee, it is compatible with all multi-sport conversion kits, such as jogging, skiing, two-wheel stroller, and 16+ wheels kits. It comes with an additional seat padding that can be detached and converted into a cargo trailer. It also offers a non-adjustable suspension which is a huge plus against Burley Honey Bee. And it offers additional rear window ventilation with an adjustable sunshade. Lastly, the bottom of the bike trailer is protected by a front plastic lip as opposed to a simple trailer canvas that gets worn out easily throughout time.

Burley Honey Bee

Burley Honey Bee. It is very similar to the Burley Bee except for the fact that it’s also a stroller and jogger. However, it’s not compatible with any of Burley’s conversion kits, like double stroller wheels, jogger, ski, and hiking. You will get an adjustable handlebar and an extra wheel to be able to jog or stroll when necessary. Also, Burley Honey Bee is the most lightweight bike trailer among all other models discussed today.

Burley Bee

Burley Bee is the simplest entry-level model among all Burley bike trailers. It is not compatible with multi-sport conversion kits and does not include stroll or bike kits. It also doesn’t offer a handlebar. However, compared to Honey Bee, it provides one or two-seat capacity.

Feature

Burley D’Lite X

Burley Encore X

Burley Honey Bee

Burley Bee

Product image

Price range

High-end

Mid-range

Entry-level

Entry-level

Seat capacity

1 to 2 seat capacity

Only double

Only double

1 to 2 seat capacity

Product weight

 27.60 lbs (12.51 kg)

24.70 lbs (11.20 kg)

21.50 lbs
(9.75 kg)

21.80 lbs
(9.88 kg)

Weight limit

up to 100 lbs (45 kg) - double
up to 75 lbs (34 kg) - single

up to 100 lbs (45 kg)

up to 100 lbs (45 kg)

up to 100 lbs (45 kg) - double
up to 75 lbs (34 kg) - single

Age limit

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

From birth using the infant sling*

Harness system

Five-point

Five-point

Five-point

Five-point

Includes bike kit

V

V

V

Not included

Includes stroll kit

V

V

V

Not included

Jogging kit

Not compatible

Not compatible

Cross-country ski kit

Sold Separately

Sold Separately

Not compatible

Not compatible

Adjustable handlebar

V - Adjustable

V - Adjustable

V - Adjustable

Not available

Suspension

V - Adjustable

V - Non-Adjustable

Not available

Not available

Folding

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Easy. Quick wheel release

Rain cover

Water resistant cover

Water resistant cover

Water resistant cover

Water resistant cover

Sunshade

V - Adjustable

V - Non-adjustable

Not available

Not available

Ventilation

Rear Window

Rear Window

Not included the rear window

Not included the rear window

Rear safety light

V

V

V

V

Seat

V - Removable seat padding with headrest

Padded bench-style seat

Hammock-style seat 

Hammock-style seat 

Reclining seats

V - Independently Reclining up to 3 positions

Not available

Not available

Not available

20-inches wheels

premium

standard

standard

standard

Bottom of the trailer protection

Sked Guard with integrated reflectors

Front plastic lip

Only trailer canvas

Only trailer canvas

Cargo trailer conversion

V

V

Not available

Not available

Note: Only use the infant sling considering the following options:

  • 0-6 months: only for strolling
  • 6-12 months: jogging or strolling if your baby can sit upright
  • 12+ months: biking if your baby can sit upright with a helmet
  • Height: 25-30 inches
  • Weight: 15-21 lbs (6.80-9.52 kg)
  • Always consult your pediatrician for safety reasons.

Additional Accessories for Burley

Hamax Outback Bike Trailer

Hamax Outback is another luxurious high-end bike trailer that not only converts into a stroller and jogger but also provides a unique extra interior height design. You will not find this feature in any other bike trailers which are perfect for taller kids.

Hamax Outback features adjustable suspension, supportive seats, extra-thick tires, extra ventilation, and a peek-a-boo window. It may not perform as smoothly as Burley or Thule, but for the price you get all these amazing extra features, it is definitely your best bet.

Technical details:

  • Product weight: 44 lbs (19.95 kg) –  the heaviest bike trailer! ☹
  • Weight limit: up to 48.50 lbs (21.99 kg) per seat
  • Age limit: from 6 months of age, Hamax Outback trailer baby insert is available

Why people love it (Pros & Cons):

  • 1 or 2 seat capacity
  • Contoured seats with a padded five-point harness and ergonomic adjustable Head Rests
  • Three-position reclining seat
  • Reflectors/reflective material on the front, rear, and sides for maximum visibility
  • Converts into a bike trailer, stroller, jogger, ski kit
  • Includes stroller and biking kits
  • Jogger wheel with hand brake and ski kit are sold separately
  • Flat fold with quick-release rear wheels
  • Includes sunshade, bug screen, and rain cover
  • Extra-large cargo space
  • Adjustable suspension

Clevr Deluxe 3-in-1 Bike Trailer Jogger Stroller

Clevr Deluxe 3-in-1 is an entry-level bike trailer and is rightfully considered to be one of the most popular bike trailer jogger strollers, meaning it can be easily transformed into a jogger or a stroller.

Technical details:

  • Product weight: 37 lbs (16.78 kg) – quite heavy
  • Weight limit: up to 44 lbs (19.95 kg) for single-seat and up to 88 lbs (39.91 kg) for a double seat bike trailer
  • Age limit: from 18 months of age

Why people love it (Pros & Cons):

  • 1 or 2 seat capacity
  • Five-point harness system
  • Seat: bench with padded cushioning
  • This bike trailer cannot be used with an infant insert
  • Converts into a bike trailer, stroller, or jogger
  • A removable 12-inch pivoting front wheel
  • Folds flat removing the rear wheels
  • Bike hitch included
  • 2-in-1 weather canopy with mesh window and tinted side windows provide protection in any weather conditions.
  • Reflectors are included on all four sides of the trailer and on the rear wheels for extra safety.
  • Safety flag
  • Safety strap
  • Handle lock brake
  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Wheels with suspension (non-adjustable)

Schwinn Joyrider Bike Trailer

Schwinn Joyrider lightweight bike trailer is an entry-level bike that can be easily transformed into a stroller mode. But this is if we only talk about Schwinn Joyrider. Both Schwinn Echo and Trailblazer are not compatible with multi-sport conversion kits. Neither they include a stroll kit.

Schwinn Joyrider is also well-known for its sturdiness, comfort, and versatility.

If we compare it with the Clevr Deluxe, downsides are:

  • It doesn’t offer suspension
  • It is not intended for jogging

Technical details:

  • Product weight: 28.50 lbs (12.92 kg)
  • Weight limit: up to 40 lbs (18.14 kg) each + 12 lbs (5.44 kg) of extra storage
  • Age limit: from 12 months of age

Why people love it (Pros & Cons):

  • 1 or 2 seat capacity
  • Five-point harness system
  • Seat: bench with padded cushioning
  • This bike trailer cannot be used with an infant insert
  • 2-in-1 canopy including weather shield and bug screen
  • Rear ventilation window
  • 20-inch wheels on a metal rim
  • Easy folding with quick-release wheels
  • Universal coupler to attach to almost any bike
  • Stroller kit included
  • Not compatible with multi-sport conversion kits, such as skiing
  • Safety flag
  • Available in two colors: yellow and red
  • Suspension is not available, so not too good for off-road towing

Allen Bike Trailers

If you are searching for a budget option, the best child trailers for bikes at around $200 are Allen bike trailers. The only important thing you shall consider is the wheels. Both these models offer 16-inch wheels on the plastic rim instead of recommendable 20-inch wheels on the metal rim which also decreases the overall speed to 10mph. If you plan to travel in your neighborhood, budget bike trailers can be a fantastic option. However, off-road trips, hiking, or jogging won’t be possible.

The main difference between Allen Sports Deluxe and Allen Sports Steel bike trailers is that the first one can be used as a stroller, while the second one is designed purely for cycling purposes.

Feature

Allen Sports Deluxe

Allen Sports Steel

Product image

Price range

Budget

Budget

Seat capacity

1 to 2 seat capacity

1 to 2 seat capacity

Product weight

26.50 lbs (12.02 kg)

24 lbs (10.88 kg)

Weight limit

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) - single
up to 100 lbs (45.35 kg) - double

up to 50 lbs (22.67 kg) - single
up to 100 lbs (45.35 kg) - double

Age limit

From 12 months of age

From 12 months of age

Harness system

Padded five-point

Padded five-point

Includes bike kit

V

V

Includes stroll kit

V

Not available

Adjustable handlebar

V - Non-adjustable for stroller only

Not available

Suspension

Not available

Not available

Cover

Removable three-season bug and rain cover

Removable three-season bug and rain cover

Other features

Safety flag and universal coupler

Safety flag and universal coupler

Rear safety light

V

V

Wheels

16 inches plastic rim
16 inches plastic rim

Other similar bike trailers to consider

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Bike trailer buying guide

What should you look for when choosing the best child trailers for bikes?

Trailer Type

The most important question is what you are planning to use the bike trailer for. This will strictly correlate to the price of the bike toddler trailer, and your overall budget.

There are several trailer types:

  • Multi-Sport bike trailer, such as bike, stroll, jog, ski, hike
  • Trailer + stroller
  • Trailer only

Wheels

You should consider 20-inch wheels on a metal rim for an off-road adventure. However, if you wish for a simple bike trailer that you plan on riding on an asphalt road in your neighborhood, 16-inch wheels on a plastic rim may be suitable.

Make sure you pick the bike trailer with an adjustable suspension for a smooth and safe ride.

Your child’s age

You cannot ride a bike trailer before your baby reaches 12 months of age. Some of the brands, such as Thule, Burley, and Hamax, offer special infant slings which allow you to use a bike trailer from birth.

Budget

Budget is important in every family. Consider trailer type, child’s age, and your family growing potential to make the right decision. If you are planning to use a bike trailer as a stroller replacement, then going for a high-end bike trailer is a wise move. You will get a stroller that you can use from birth, a jogging stroller, a huge amount of storage, a bike trailer, and a ski kit. In addition to that, you can get a lightweight umbrella stroller that you can take on the flight in case if you travel abroad.

Important features to consider

  • Child seat capacity.
  • Seat type. Bench padded seat is your choice. Your child will stay safe and in a place that will secure his back. There is also a hammock-style seat which is not entirely a bad option, but it will sag after a while and won’t offer good support to your baby. Also, it is always nice to have removable and washable padding.
  • Safety harness system. Usually, it is a five-point harness on offer.
  • Bike trailer weight: the lighter it is the better.
  • Weight limit. Usually, you are looking up to 40 – 50 lbs (18.14 – 22.67 kg) per seat.
  • Package deal. Check what is included in a package. It is standard practice that bike and stroll kits are included.
  • Adjustable handlebar.
  • Easy flat fold with quick rear wheels release.
  • UV protection, weather shield, and bug covers.
  • Reflectors/reflective material on the front, rear, and sides.
  • Rear safety lights.
  • Ventilation system.
  • Extra cargo storage and additional pockets.

Additional unique features

  • Multi-position reclining seat
  • Removable rain cover
  • Removable sunshade
  • Peek-a-boo window
  • Removable side windows
  • Hand brake
  • Lock kit

Hitch design

The design of the trailer hitch determines how smooth of a ride you and your child will have. Most trailer companies (Clevr, Schwinn, Allen Sports) use a standard hitch.

High-end brands (Thule, Burley, Hamax) use their own unique designs that fit more precisely, resulting in less “give” and pull-back from the trailer as you ride.


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