Best Trailer Cycles

Best Trailer Cycles

July 11, 2017

Best Trailer Cycles

Every biking parent can benefit from a trusty sidekick, especially one that helps with pedaling.Best Trailer Cycles

Every biking parent can benefit from a trusty sidekick, especially one that helps with pedaling (hills are no joke when you’re pulling more than your own weight).

Thanks to trailer cycles, little ones can get in on the action. These usually look like partial bikes with a seat, handlebars, pedals and one wheel. They attach easily to the seat post or rear cargo rack of most standard adult bikes.

Do I Need a Trailer Cycle?

Unlike traditional tandem or solo bikes, kids riding trailer cycles don’t have to pedal when their legs need a rest. So it’s a great option for going on long rides with kiddos who want to help you two get from point A to point B… most of the time. It’s an excellent way to ease younger children into bike riding, while developing balance and giving them a sense of control.

Although they’re being steered by the grown-up, it’s much more interactive (and physical!) than sitting in a typical bike trailer or bike seat. Many families even add a front-mounted carrier for younger riders, while using a trailer cycle for the big bro or sis in the back.

How Old Should My Child Be to Ride a Trailer Cycle?

Ages vary depending on the size and style of the trailer cycle, but here’s what to look for: * Your child should be able to sit securely on a bike seat without being strapped in (however, some recumbent trailer cycles have buckling systems). The ride can get wobbly especially when turning. * Feet must be able to reach the pedals. * He or she will typically fit into size 4T clothing and up.

Safety Tips:

  • Attach a flag and reflectors for additional visibility.
  • Always make sure your child wears a helmet.

How We Chose our Best Picks

We surveyed Babylist families about the trailer cycles they love the most. These are the top products they shared, plus our own research and insight.

Best on a Budget

Why We Love It

A sturdy trailer cycle at a great price, the WeeRide Co-Pilot is perfect for family outings. Your child can pedal or just coast, while getting the hang of riding and balancing. It attaches and detaches easily and comes in a variety of fun colors. Plus, it’s easy to fold up and store compactly. We’ll take any extra bit of garage space.

Keep in Mind

The WeeRide is sized for taller kids. Toddlers won’t be able to reach the pedals or be able to sit safely on this type of saddle seat.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Gives my four-year old confidence going fast on a 2-wheeler.” -Jaclyn

Additional Specs

Weight Capacity: Holds up to a 75 lb. rider.

Ages: 4 - 9

Weight: 24 lbs.

Superior 7-Speed

Why We Love It

This best-in-class trailer cycle attaches to the rear rack of your bike (rather than the seat post), providing unparalleled stability. The unique aluminum ball-bearing guided hitch makes for easy maneuverability, without that unbalanced feeling. The Piccolo has seven gears for tackling different types of terrain, allowing kids to really contribute to the ride. Better yet, it’s a breeze for parents to attach or detach in seconds (which is especially important when you’re driving your bike to parks or paths and want to hit the road right away). Another key perk: it’s lightweight.

Keep in Mind

The Piccolo is expensive, but the features and performance are top notch. Having some help powering up steep hills may be worth the cost alone…

Additional Specs

Weight Capacity: Up to 85 lbs (a recommended 2-1 adult weight-to-child weight ratio)

Ages: 4 - 10

Weight: 18 lbs.

Reclining Two Seater

Why We Love It

The Weehoo seats two, so it’s like a family bike where kids have the option to help pedal instead of just sitting. What sets this one apart from other trailer cycles is that it’s recumbent (kids can recline or even snooze when they need a break), and is equipped with three-point harnesses and hand grips for extra security. And it’ll last a long time… Kids from age two to nine can ride in this sturdy, adjustable trailer cycle.

Keep in Mind

The front seat is intended for the largest passenger and has pedals, while the rear seat does not. So if you have two kids that want to help out, be prepared for a lot of, “it’s my turn to pedal.”

It can also be challenging to get two kids in while keeping the bike upright. This is where a double kickstand comes in handy. A good rule of thumb: once you’re all set and a bag of cheddar bunnies accidentally falls on the driveway, leave it there for later.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The Weehoo is fabulous for our three-year old. He helps pedal and really feels part of the action.” -Donna

Additional Specs:

Weight Capacity: 100 lbs.

Ages: 2-9

Weight: 44 lbs.


Jessica Solloway is a writer and digital content strategist. From start-ups to global brands, she helps companies tell their stories online. She regularly contributes to websites including weeSpring, The Muse, Mommy Nearest, and Motherly, among others. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two little girls.

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