After searching through dozens of options, here's a look at five bike trailer models that stood out from the rest.
Thule Chariot CX 1$1,199 1 of 6
If you're looking for a trailer to attach to a road bike, the Chariot CX 1 from Thule is by far the best of the bunch. Not only does the aerodynamic design make it one of the easiest options to tow, it's also extremely versatile and comfortable for your kids. The adjustable suspension makes for a super, smooth ride and the window venting is excellent for those balmy days. The disc brakes make control on steep terrain as good as you'll find on any trailer.
The most distinctive feature though is the conversion kit that allows you to use the trailer as a running stroller or a cross-country ski pulk when not traveling via two wheels.
Trek Mountain Train 2012 of 6
If you want to grant your child the exhilaration of riding a bike, tag-a-long trailers are a cool option if he or she isn't quite fast enough to keep up. We like the Train 201 from Trek because of its adjustability and build. The materials aren't quite as heavy as other models, and the attachment to the seat post will fit almost any bike.
The three handlebar adjustment heights and the ability to bring the bars closer or farther away depending on your child's size is a smart feature that will make it usable for many years as your child grows.
Burley D'Lite3 of 6
Burley stocked the D'Lite with some of the plushest features we've seen on a bike trailer. The seats recline and the 5-point, padded harness is a good choice for safety. Weather resistant shields, tinted side windows, and an exceptionally light aluminum frame are a few of the other features that make it stand out from the rest.
As for size, this model is one of the larger you'll see and provides plenty of room for your child on long rides. We also enjoy the storage compartment, which is perfect for packing extras for a picnic or stop at the park.
Weeride Pro-Pilot4 of 6
For value, the Pro-Pilot is a good choice. Constructed similarly to a 20-inch bicycle (without the front wheel), we like it because of its lightweight aluminum frame and how easily it folds up for storage when not in use.
While cheaper models often lack a hinge attachment for the seat post (which decreases your turning radius), the swivel Sync-Link utilized by the Pro-Pilot makes turning much easier when navigating corners out on the road.
Croozer Kid Plus for 25 of 6
If you've got more than a single little one at home, the Kid Plus from Croozer is a well-made option. Though it works perfectly well as a bike trailer, it's a 3-in-1, so you can convert it to a regular stroller or a jogger. While some converting trailers can be cumbersome to transform, this one was pretty simple and shouldn't be much of a hassle after a few practice tries.
There's lots of room on the inside too, which means your kids will have plenty of legroom while cruising around. The Sylomer suspension is plenty comfortable over rough roads, and the adjustable spring automatically changes depending on the weight of your kids. It can fit up to two 6-year-old children and comes with accessories that will protect against dirt, rain, or insects during the summer.