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Bikes and Tykes: A Rider’s Guide to Child Bike Trailers and Strollers

What’s better than enjoying the great outdoors? The good news is that having kids doesn’t mean you have to give up your active lifestyle. If your passion is running and cycling, there is equipment you can buy to enjoy your hobbies with your children in tow. 

There are so many benefits for children being out in nature. Not only is it a bonding experience but you also have the opportunity to teach your children proper bicycle safety by your example. With bike trailers and strollers, you can bring your kids along with you on your adventures. 

Types of Bike Trailers

The world is your oyster when you have the appropriate equipment to make it all happen. You can visit the local parks, venture down trails, or just get to know your own neighborhood with a good bike trailer. 

Believe it or not, you have several options when it comes to bike trailers. Some can offer a combination of functions and some simply act as a trailer. Which one will work best for you will depend on your individual needs. 

Bicycle Trailer and Jogger Combination

Bike trailers allow you to explore the world around you with your family. Joggers are great for keeping fit or training for a race and you don’t have to worry about leaving your kids behind. But what if you found something that could allow you to do both?

If you’re a cycling enthusiast but also love to jog, a trailer/child jogger stroller combo might be the perfect option for you. It used to be that you’d have to buy these things separately, costing more money and taking up more space. These types of trailers conveniently convert from a jogger stroller to a trailer simply by removing the front wheel and adding the hitch that comes with the unit. 

As a jogger, the front universal wheel is in place and you can push the jogger as you run or walk behind. The best jogger strollers will have an adjustable handlebar so you can set the level to fit the exact height you need. A hand brake system that allows you to slow the jogger easily while you run is an extremely helpful feature as well. 

Aosom Elite 2-in-1 Double Child Bike Trailer

The Aosom Elite is the original child bike trailer with a sturdy but lightweight frame. 

Features:

  • Combines double child bike stroller, trailer, and jogger all in one unit
  • Locking swivel front wheel for maximum control
  • Includes kit and bike hitch to convert from jogger to trailer easily
  • Folds to fit in your trunk
  • Weight capacity 88 lbs

Aosom Elite II 2-in-1 Double Child 2 Wheel Bicycle Trailer, Stroller, and Jogger

The Aosom Elite II is an upgraded version of the Elite with 5-point safety harnesses and all the same wonderful features of the Elite. 

Bicycle Trailer, Jogger, and Baby Stroller Combination

These types of bicycle trailers offer even more options. The universal front wheel can be attached for jogging or removed for hitching to a bicycle. This also has the option of becoming a baby stroller on its own when the bicycle hitch is removed.

The shock absorption system makes for a smooth ride for your little one whether you’re jogging, biking, or simply need a child stroller. Everything you need to be active outdoors with your kids is in one convenient package. 

Aosom Child Bike Trailer 3-in-1 Foldable Jogger Stroller

The Aosom 3-in-1 trailer is ideal for kids ages 6-36 months and offers a smooth and comfortable ride.

Features:

  • Adjustable handlebar height for a comfortable grip while running
  • Two padded seats with adjustable 5-point harness
  • Includes safety flag and reflectors for increased visibility
  • Folds to fit in your trunk
  • Weight Capacity 79.3 lbs

Child Bike Trailer

You love to bike but jogging isn’t your thing? No worries. There is also the option of getting a bike trailer that serves that purpose alone.

Aosom 18m+ 2-Seat Child Bike Trailer

This trailer has a strong steel frame and two padded seats for a safe and comfortable ride. 

Features:

  • Wide seat fitted with 2 safety harnesses
  • Safety flag and reflectors for increased visibility
  • For Children 18 months+
  • Weight Capacity 88 lbs

Safety Features

Whether out on the road or in the wilderness, you’ll want to make sure your little ones are safe and secure in their seats while you run or ride. There are many safety features on bicycle strollers and trailers to help everyone stay safe.

Five Point Harness

Studies have shown that a five-point harness provides excellent protection for your children. They restrict movement as well as distribute any force from bumps or collisions over a larger surface area of the body to prevent injury.  

In addition to being a trustworthy safety measure, the five-point harness holds your child in place for those times you’re on rougher terrain. This will keep the jostling to a minimum, especially handy if you’re little one is napping or trying to enjoy a snack. 

Flag and Reflectors

Cycling out on the road can be fun, but you need to watch out for traffic. It’s also important for oncoming traffic to see you. Reflectors and flags increase your visibility to the cars around you. 

Reflectors strategically placed on the wheels and around the exterior of the carrier keep the trailer bright at nighttime. Front and back LED lighting also helps light up your path for any adventures after dark. A safety flag attaches to the carrier and extends above the roof so that it can be much more visible to any nearby traffic. 

Visibility is extremely important whether you are towing your kids behind you or you are out jogging in lower light. Reflectors, flags, and extra lighting will go a long way in making sure you and your loved ones can be seen.

Other Features

While safety is of supreme importance, a good bike trailer will also offer some other perks to make your outing go as smoothly as possible. Choosing a trailer that has a few extra bells and whistles can make all the difference. 

Storage

Kids come with a lot of gear. Whether you’re going for a short ride or run, or plan to be out all day, you’ll still need to bring things along with you just in case. Having a place to store your diapers, extra clothing, snacks, and sunscreen frees you up to focus on having fun. 

This storage space can also be used for carrying groceries. If your grocery store is nearby, you can take a trip as a family and bring back dinner in this handy little storage area. 

Shock Absorbing Wheels

When out biking with toddlers, keeping them comfortable will make for a more enjoyable experience for everyone. This is where the large 20″ rubber wheels are a huge plus. The shock-absorbing system means you can traverse rocky and rough terrain and still enjoy a smooth ride. 

Weather-Resistant Canopy

Enjoying the beauty of nature is one of the great things about getting outdoors. Your children will want to be able to look at the scenery as it passes by. A mesh canopy will allow them to see out, but will also protect them from any possible falling debris.

You’ll also want to make sure there is plenty of airflow for those warm days. Mesh zippered doors allow for easy entry as well as plenty of ventilation for your little one. On days where you run into an unexpected shower, a removable clear plastic cover for the door will protect kids from harsh weather. 

Having both mesh and plastic covering offers maximum flexibility for any weather or conditions you might face when you’re out and about. The canopy can also roll up when your kids want to look out or fold down for naptime privacy. 

Foldable

One of the most convenient features of these trailers is that they can fold to fit in your trunk. This is especially useful if you want to take your children’s bike trailer with you on vacation to the beach or the mountains, or if you want to hit some hiking trails a little farther from home. 

The fact that these can fold also means they can be easily stored at home without taking up a ton of room. Kids seem to have so much stuff, it’s nice to know that some things can be easily stored out of sight. 

Get Moving!

You love being with your children and you love being outdoors. Children’s bike trailers and bicycle strollers let you combine the things you love with one family-friendly unit. Whether you’re just cruising around the neighborhood or tackling the great outdoors, bike trailers give you the freedom to be active as a family. 

Aosom has a large selection of trailers to suit the needs of any active family. Check out their store where you are sure to find an option that will get you outdoors and enjoying nature together! 

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