Bike trailers offer a viable alternative for carrying cargo compared to pannier bags , bikepacking bags or a backpack . They can be very useful for carrying children or pets, transporting shopping or cargo around town, or for extended cycle touring trips.
In this guide, we will explain what a bike trailer is, how to mount a bike trailer to your bike, and outline what types of bicycle trailers are out there. What is a bike trailer?
Bike trailers are designed as a means of carrying luggage, cargo, kids or pets. They also make for a great option if you are carrying a load heavier than a pannier or frame-mounted bag is rated to handle.
It is first worth considering the material the trailer is made from. Quality options will be made from aluminium or steel. Aluminium will generally be lighter but, depending on the construction, steel may be more durable.
We would recommend avoiding a trailer that uses a plastic frame as it’s unlikely to be as durable and will be difficult to repair.
Many trailers feature a flag for visibility. This is important given how they are positioned lower on the ground and, thus, out of a driver’s eyesight.
The best bike trailers can be used all year round and many feature weatherproofing properties to protect your cargo against the elements.Some bike trailers also feature suspension to dampen vibrations on rough terrain. This is particularly important if you are riding off-road with children as it will provide a more comfortable ride. Is […]