5 Best Trailer Cycles

Our Top Trailer Bikes for Every Kid and Every Budget

Trailer bikes, trailer cycles, tag-along bikes – whatever you call them,  they’re a unique and adventurous alternative to traditional bike trailers. Trailer bikes allow kids to be out in the open air and active participants in the ride! They’re also a great option for older kids who no longer fit in a traditional bike trailer.

 


Burley Piccolo/Kazoo

Best Standard Trailer Cycle


Burley Piccolo trailercycle

MSRP: $300/360

BEST FIT: Ages 4 – 8.  The Kazoo is single-speed, so better for younger riders.  The Piccolo is geared and best for older riders because shifting can be a challenge for younger kids.

FULL REVIEW: Burley Piccolo

Everything Burley makes is pretty awesome, and their trailer bikes are no exception.  The Burley Piccolo and Kazoo are some of the most expensive trailer cycles, but absolutely worth the investment, especially for families who use a trailer cycle a lot. Their unique mounting system makes the trailer bike MUCH more stable than others brands.

Mounting to a rack versus a seat post, Burley trailer cycle users report minimal problems with the trailer leaning to one side or the other, especially as compared to traditional seat post-mounted trailer cycles. The lack of leaning or rocking back and forth makes Burley trailers easier to use and more enjoyable for both parent and child.

In addition to extra stability, the rack mount allows the Piccolo/Kazoo to pivot smoothly in all directions and maneuver around tight corners. As an added bonus, the Piccolo/Kazoo can pivot all the way around so it actually sits next to the adult bike in a bike rack.

PROS
  • Hitch allows the Piccolo or Kazoo to pivot smoothly in all directions for great maneuverability
  • Attaches to rack vs. seat post for best-in-class stability
  • Easy assembly, mounting, and unmounting
  • Quick-release attachment to adult bike is a stand-out design and easy to use
  • Comes in a geared or non-geared version

CONS
  • Child is not secured in any way, so be cautious with younger children

 


Weehoo Turbo

Best Recumbent Trailer Bike


 

Weehoo Turbo recumbent trailer cycle

MSRP: $300

BEST FIT: 3 to 9 years old

FULL REVIEW: Weehoo Turbo

Standard trailer cycles can often sway side to side, and their lack of a harness can’t keep kids safe in the event of a fall. That’s where Weehoo comes in! Built much lower to the ground, the Weehoo Turbo is incredibly stable compared to most standard trailer cycles. Additionally, it has a wide, recumbent seat with a height-adjustable harness that keeps kids secure and safe.

Besides keeping kids safe, the recumbent seat allows them to sit back and relax, or throw their hands up in the air! And with pedals that are completely optional, kids can choose to take an active or passive role in the ride.

While fun and enjoyable on paved paths, use on non-paved trails and single-track trails is where the Weehoo really shines.  Compared to a bike trailer, the narrow footprint of the Weehoo allows the trailers to easily glide through narrow trails without getting stuck on low-lying branches or rocks.  With one wheel, the Weehoo is also able to track smoothly on uneven surfaces, versus a trailer that bounces back and forth on two tires which can create a bumpy and uncomfortable ride.

PROS
  • Recumbent seat provides kids with a safe, carefree, relaxed ride
  • Mounting is quick, easy, and only requires a seat post, not eyelets
  • Height adjustable harness with adjustable chest strap make for a great fit
  • Compared to a bike trailer, the narrow footprint of the Weehoo prevents it from becoming stuck on low branches or rocks
  • With one wheel, the Weehoo tracks smoothly over uneven surfaces

CONS
  • You must keep the bike upright when loading your child into the trailer
  • Low-lying seat can get dust on kids faces – sunglasses are recommended (fender is included to prevent rocks from hitting kids)


Trail-Gator

Best Tow Arm


Trail-Gator tow bar attached to adult and child bike

MSRP: $75

BEST FIT: 12″-20″ bikes (without hand brakes) with riders weighing 70 pounds or less

FULL REVIEW: Trail-Gator

The Trail Gator is a unique alternative to a traditional trailer cycle. It consists of a metal arm that connects an adult bike to a regular kid’s bike with tires between 12″-20″ in diameter. This opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities, such as towing a child too small to fit on a traditional trailer cycle, or doing rides where a child rides solo part of the way but is towed by an adult through challenging or less-safe sections.

Once the arm is removed, it’s really small and easy to store. Because the Trail-Gator is so portable, it’s saved the day on multiple occasions with tuckered-out kids towards the end of a ride. It’s also a great option if you want the functionality of both a child bike and a trailer cycle, but you don’t have enough storage space for both. Be aware though, that this set-up is noticeably more wobbly than traditional trailer cycles.

PROS
  • Small and easy to store – great option for the “just-in-case” scenario
  • Child can easily be removed or reattached to the adult bike at any point during the ride
  • Child feels like they are riding along with their parent

CONS
  • Installation is straightforward but time-consuming
  • Not recommended for kids’ bikes with hand brakes
  • Wobbly compared to traditional trailer cycles
  • Kids can engage their coaster brakes and produce drag


Weehoo Blast

Best for the Youngest Riders


Weehoo Blast recumbent trailer cycle

MSRP: $225

BEST FIT: Kids ages 2 to 5

A more economical version of the Weehoo Turbo, it’s also a better fit for your youngest little riders. A footrest replaces pedals, which, lets be honest, 2-year-olds certainly aren’t going to use anyways!

PROS
  • Recumbent seat provides kids with a safe, carefree, relaxed ride
  • Mounting is quick, easy, and only requires a seat post, not eyelets
  • Seat harness keeps little ones strapped in and safe
  • Compared to a bike trailer, the narrow footprint of the Weehoo prevents it from becoming stuck on low branches or rocks
  • With one wheel, the Weehoo tracks smoothly on uneven surfaces

CONS
  • You must keep the bike upright when loading your child into the trailer
  • Low-lying seat can get dust on kids faces – sunglasses are recommended (fender is included to prevent rocks from hitting kids)


WeeRide Co-Pilot

Best on a Budget


WeeRide trailer cycle in green

MSRP: $90

BEST FIT: 5 to 8-year-olds

Although we haven’t tested out the WeeRide in person, we’ve only heard great things about it. A fraction of the price of our other picks, based on the numerous 5-star reviews compared to similarly priced trailer cycles, the Co-Pilot appears to be the budget trailer cycle of choice.

A good, budget alternative to the Burley Piccolo or Kazoo, the Co-Pilot features adjustable seat height and handlebars, as well as a splash guard and safety flag. Attaching to the seat post, it will be more wobbly than the rack-attached Burley, and also has a heavier steel frame compared to Burley’s lighter-weight aluminum.

PROS
  • Adjustable seat height and handlebars
  • Comes with a splash guard and safety flag
  • Low price
  • Available in several colors

CONS
  • Seat post hitch more wobbly than Burley’s rack-mounted hitch


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