Bike riding is a low impact, accessible way to get exercise and more importantly (if you have kids) a way to get out of the house.
How do you bike ride when the kids are little? I have tried several different products. This post gives the pros and cons of my 3 favorite ways.
Although I feel all of these ways are safe, use your best judgement. Read disclosure policy. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for supporting the work of this blog.
If your kids are ready to learn how to ride a bike on their own, read this post.
A Quick Warning About This List
I bike ride a lot (every day that it isn’t 100 degree weather and sometimes even then). I am okay with a product being expensive as long as it fits the following criteria:
- Be easy to use
- Be made for a large age range (at least 5 years)
- Be really well made ( it has to last a long time)
- Can hold two or more children
Bonus: makes me want to go on a bike ride because it’s just that cool!
If it’s too hard to bike ride, I won’t do it. It’s very important that whatever I am using to haul my littles around makes it easier. For that, I am willing to pay more, because in the long run it will be used more and enjoyed.
So here are the top three baby haulers that fit the above criteria in order of awesomeness.
This is the only one of the three that I have not tried. Why? Because it is just now launching in kickstarter and won’t be here until October. I’ve ordered it, it’s coming. Can’t wait!
Doesn’t it look awesome!
Right now is the best time to buy it because it is the cheapest it will ever be. Seriously, go watch the video.
- Car seat hook-up
- Can hold 3 children
- Has two wheels in front-easier to stay balanced and for loading and unloading kids
- The kids are in front of you so you can talk to them while riding
- The kids are in front of you and it doesn’t get in the way of your pedaling
- The seat is really easy to adjust so we can switch who is riding easily
There are other pros, but those are the ones I am most excited about. Oh, one more. Pretty colors!
I haven’t tried it yet, but these are some things I imagine might be an issue:
- I wonder how big a learning curve there’s going to be. Especially with the steering. I’ve never steered two wheels before.
- I wonder how much effort it will take to petal loaded with my kids.
- The cost!
The cost might not be a con assuming it lasts a long time and is as awesome as it looks.
Also, so excited!
Weehoo iGo 2 Bike Trailer
I have owned this for 2 years.
- Holds 2
- I can strap a car seat to the second seat (probably not recommended but feels solid to me. Use your own judgement).
- Age range from 12 months (unless you strap down a car seat like me) to 80 lbs–but the bigger the kid the more uncomfortable for you and them.
- Can easily switch between different bikes if you buy the extra hitch kit.
- Very well built, solid, heavy
- Front kid can petal. My kids over 2 love this. My 2 year old hasn’t quite figured it out yet. When my older kids are in that seat I can feel the push from them.
- The awe factor. Everywhere I go, I pass strangers commenting on how cool it is
- Basically just like riding a bike. A little harder to get going and slow down except for…
- …the turns. Have you ever seen a semi truck make a right turn? That’s what I have to do with this bike. Otherwise my kids run into the sidewalk…or a post.
- Not much of an issue if your riding on roads made for cars. Roads made for bikes is much harder and that’s when I ran into a post.
- My husband read this and said “I never have any problems”. He is clearly more skilled than I am.
- The hardest part is loading and unloading. The kickstand on my bike is not industrial enough to hold up it and the Weehoo. In hindsight I probably should have bought the kickstand.
- The more weight in the back the harder to use.
- If kids are really wiggly, it will throw off my balance. I’ve never crashed because of it but it is startling.
- I can’t see my kids or hear anything they are saying unless they’re screaming because I just ran into a post. 🙂
Traditional Bike Trailer
Here is a picture of our bike trailer.
It’s seen better days. A really long time ago.
As you can imagine, it’s a hand me down. We have used this for about 7 years. Two years ago, we didn’t have any kids who could ride bikes. Hubby would put two in the bike trailer and I would have two in the Weehoo. Yay, family bike ride!
- Most of the traditional bike trailers are relatively inexpensive. The cost is about half of the Weehoo or less
- Popular. You can find used ones at yard sales or craigslist.
- Most turn into strollers easily (even ours)
- Easy to attach to different bikes
- Can hold 2 kids
- Easy to load those 2 kids
- Kids wiggling doesn’t seem to affect me
- Typically fold so you can take them camping and such
- Once you get moving feels like riding a bike except…
- …turning. Your bike is now both wider and longer. So, like an extra wide semi truck. If you turn too sharp you tip your kids over. Not like I’ve ever done that or anything!
- Can’t really put a baby in it until they’re about a year old.
- Can’t see or hear your kids.
- There’s not a lot of room which normally means fighting over space.
What About You?
How have you gone on bike rides with the littles? Please share.