If you want to whizz off on a cycling adventure with your tot but they’re still unable to ride a bike, then you may need a child bike trailer.
Child bike trailers look very similar to a chariot or a small carriage, with usually one wheel on either side of the seating area. They offer a comfy space for your little one, usually with a great view, while allowing you to still be able to enjoy some quality time on your bike.
We’ve rounded up the best child bike trailers currently available, but before you jump into your purchase you may be wondering what type of bike you'll need for a child trailer, what age your tot needs to be to go in one and how much they roughly cost.
We answer all your child bike trailer questions below and round up the best ones available.
How old does my child have to be for a child bike trailer?
Cycling UK says that most child carrying trailers can be used for babies aged 12 to 18 months+.
However, it’s important to be aware that bike trailers do have weight restrictions, so always make sure you check this in the spec before purchasing.
For babies, it’s important that their neck is strong enough to hold their head up and there are special insert seats that you can buy for bike trailers specifically made for babies.
Some bike trailers will come with a minimum age restriction, so again always check this before purchasing.
Does my child need to wear a helmet in a bike trailer?
100 per cent. Just because bike trailers usually come with covers doesn’t mean your child shouldn’t wear a helmet, as this only protects them from weather conditions and wouldn’t protect them in an accident.
Always make sure your child wears a helmet in a bike trailer.
What bike will I need for a child bike trailer?
As you’re going to be pulling the weight of the trailer and your child, you’re going to need quite a sturdy bike.
Cycling UK recommends a bike with decent traction with easy gearing, so something like a hybrid or mountain bike.
Always remember to check your bike over before you set off and that your brakes work.
How much do child bike trailers cost?
Child bike trailers are a lot more expensive than a child's bike seat and can cost anywhere in the region of £100 to £1000. But when your child’s safety is at hand, it’s well worth the investment.
However, if buying a child bike trailer is completely out of your budget alternatively you could rent one. Kids Bike Trailers allows people to rent child bike trailers and will post it to your door, or you could even buy a secondhand one on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.
The best child bike trailers
A great option if you don’t want to splash too much cash, but still want something safe and of a good quality. Not suitable for children below 12 months, this affordable bike trailer from Halfords fits all bikes and can be assembled in just 10 minutes. It seats two children, can carry up to the weight of 36kg and comes with a high visibility flag to ensure your child’s safety, as well as a two safety harnesses, a bug screen and rain shield.
Verified customer review: “Easy to put together and once assembled, easy to detach and re attach to bike. Lots of useful pockets and storage!”
As well as a high visibility flag for safety, this one seat bike trailer also has a full internal aluminum roll cage for protection if you were ever in an accident. It can carry a weight of 34kg and can be attached to e-bikes as well as normal bikes. The tinted windows have 50+ ultra violet protection and there’s plenty of room in the rear cargo area for shopping or toys.
The 20” wheels on this bike trailer makes it suitable for on and off road adventures. Carrying a weight up to 34kg, this trailer has a full internal aluminium roll cage for extra protection. Inside is an adjustable, seat with a cushion for extra comfort and the windproof, waterproof and UV protected cover will shield your little one in rain or shine. Once you arrive at your chosen destination the trailer can also be turned into a stroller, so it’s perfect for cycling and walking.
This child trailer isn’t suitable for those under 6 months, but it does provide an insert so you have the option of purchasing the Hamax Outback Trailer Baby Insert chair, so your little one can go along for the ride too. With a spacious rear area, plush interior and an adjustable five point harness, this trailer offers comfort and safety. The large windows will ensure your child gets a great view of the journey and it can hold a maximum weight of 22kg.
According to Cycle Sprog Crooze have been making some of the best child trailers for decades. This particular child trailer looks fab and can either be attached to a bike or used as a buggy if you’re walking. The AirPad suspension automatically adjusts to the weight of the trailer, ensuring a smooth and safe ride for your tot. Along with a high visibility flag, the passenger compartment has a 5-point safety belt and the trailer has a wide wheel base for excellent road holding. It’s easily transportable too and can be folded up very flat, making storing easy.
It may be pricey, but this bike trailer will stand the test of time. As well as being able to bike and walk with it you can also purchase the Thule Chariot jogging and skiing kit to take your adventures to the next level. Holding a maxim weight of 22kg, this trailer has a reclining seat for extra comfort with a 5-point safety harness to keep your child secure and an extra large cargo space for storing any child must-haves.
This bike trailer comes with two seats, so it’s perfect if you’ve got a blossoming family. There’s a rear light for added safety, as well as a high visibility flag and 5-point harnesses. There’s plenty of room for bringing all your family essentials along with you and the large windows mean your tots can take in the amazing views. The max weight for each child is 22kg.
This striking trailer comes with a host of raving reviews and it’s mid-range price point makes it ideal for if you want to test the trailer waters. It has a hard bottomed trailer for better protection from bumps and wet conditions and can carry up to two children at a total weight of 14kg. There’s pockets on the inside too to store any journey essentials, two 5-point safety harnesses to keep your tots safe and windproof and waterproof protection.
Verified customer review: "Absolutely love this trailer. We had one for our son when he was younger, he's now 11 and off to high school. Our little girl is heading towards 2 and absolutely loves being out and about! You can fit so much in there too; toys, picnic things, blankets etc. It's absolutely fab!"
This pretty pink bike trailer is an absolute steal, as not only is the pretty pink colour very appealing but your tot will be able to join you either while you run, walk, cycle or ski. It has a compact fold so you can easily take it around with you or safely store it away after use and the rear suspension and air-filled tires make for a comfy ride. There's also a comfy seat and adjustable handle bars. Pink not your colour? Don't panic, it's available in blue, grey, white and black too.