We have no looked at an array of bike trailers that all rate as some of the best options for 2019. As we said at the opening of this review, though, not all trailers will rate as the best for you or your needs.
So, how do you begin to narrow down the options? You ask yourself some very pointed questions:
What are we doing with the trailer? – Are you towing one little person a very short distance? Are you towing two kids on weekly rides along rail trails, roads and other byways? Are you towing a dog or two? Maybe there is nothing living in your trailer and it is all about towing gear while doing lengthy rides? Maybe you want to do the weekly shopping on your bike and need a trailer? Figure out specifically what you’ll need it for and then look at these suggestions.
What are the conditions you’ll bike in? – No matter what, you have to understand if you are going to need weather protection, bug screens, good ventilation, roomier interiors to prevent jostling and overheating, and so on.
What will the trailer’s passenger need? – Are you towing a toddler who may benefit from a reclining seat? Are you towing a dog that would appreciate front and rear loading options so they can stretch their legs every once in a while?
Will you need to store the trailer? – Think about the size of the average bike trailer. The best trailer for you may be one that can store 100% flat and even feature quick-release wheels that allow it to tuck into a closet or the cargo area of the car without too much fuss
What is the budget? – This is everyone’s least favorite question, but it has to be a realistic factor with most family budgets. Of course, purchasing with payment plans or with credit is always an option, but that is a very personal decision. In the world of the bike trailers, you get what you pay for, so start with the best figure your budget can manage.
What about compatibility? – You will find that almost all bikes (and keep in mind that the words “almost all” do not mean “every” bike) can accommodate the universal hitches available. Double check this factor early in the selection process to avoid upset or frustration.
What about your fitness level? – Understand that towing a 25 to 40 pound trailer with two kids inside of it is not easy. If you need to be aware of every pound behind you, pay attention to the weight of the trailer when it is empty. Look at things like shipping weights to get a good idea. Though they are balanced and some will feature systems to eliminate a bit of torque or handling trouble, not all do this and it is up to you to be realistic about your capabilities.
Those are the keys to choosing the top bike trailer for your needs, and don’t feel you to limit yourself to one. Perhaps you find that you like to tow the dog on your private morning rides or that you might have become such an avid biker that a cargo trailer and a regular trailer will be of use. You have some of the best options itemized above, and you can find how to purchase them in the links below.