You want to do more with your bike.
Maybe it’s bringing your kids along for the ride. Maybe it’s hauling more than you can fit in your saddle bag. Or, maybe it’s using your bike to make bank as part of a new side-gig.
Whatever the case, a bike trailer is the fastest, easiest way to make your bike more versatile and fun. And we’ve got a lineup of the very best bike trailers to help you do just that!
But let’s not get carried away. First, you need to answer one crucial question:
Can I put a bike trailer on my bike?
After all, it would be a shame to invest in a high-quality bike trailer only to discover your trusty steed isn't up to the task.
This article aims to answer that question as comprehensively as possible, so you are aware of all your options when it comes to towing a bike trailer!
The true classic! A road bike is designed to ride on flat surfaces, such as paved roads and concrete. It’s fast and lightweight, with a high seat that offers great views and helps you handle hills, as well as thinner, narrower wheels that roll smoothly on pavement.
Great news: a bike trailer is a perfect fit for a road bike. As a matter of fact, road bikes are even better suited than other bikes to pulling a bike trailer due to their lightweight frame and aerodynamic riding position.
If your road bike's rear wheel has a quick-release axle (5mm rod through the center of the wheel that lets you remove the wheel without removing the axle), most trailers fit no problem.
Those considerations aside, if you follow the directions provided by the trailer manufacturer, you should have no trouble hooking up a bike trailer to your road bike!
Biking with a trailer isn't much different than biking without. You'll adapt quickly if you're already a confident cyclist. That said, here are a few beginner tips for using a bike trailer with a road bike.
A cruiser is lightweight, accessible, and a breeze to ride. The frame is open and dynamic, with a low center of gravity that lets you glide along. Although cruiser bikes are designed for comfort and enjoyment, they can still be used for training or day-to-day transportation. But can a cruiser bike pull a bike trailer?
It is easy to pull a trailer with a cruiser bike! When it comes to pulling child trailers, cargo trailers, and whatever else you might want to haul, cruiser bikes are just as capable as road bikes.
With a lower seat and wider tires, cruisers are designed to keep you upright and comfortable for longer rides. However, that relaxed position isn't ideal for pulling a bike trailer, since it puts your knees higher and limits the leg strength you can exert.
So, towing a bike trailer with a cruiser bike can be tougher than pulling one with a road bike, especially uphill! It's not a deal breaker by any means, but it is something to consider.
Most cruiser bikes come with quick-release rear-wheel axles, which is how most bike trailers attach to them. As long as you follow the directions on the trailer, you'll have no trouble connecting a bike trailer to your cruiser bike! If the Cruiser bike has a bolted axle with nuts, that won’t be a problem either.
The low seat and upright posture of cruiser bikes make pulling a trailer more difficult than with a road bike. You will need to adjust to the extra resistance. Practice first and plan your trips accordingly to make the most of your bike trailer and to have a great time using it!
There’s no freewheeling a fixed gear bike, so if you want to go fast, you’ve got to pedal fast! If you’re a serious athlete, a speed demon, or you want to build legs of pure steel, a fixie’s the bike for you. Question is, can a fixed gear bike pull a bike trailer?
But you are going to break a serious sweat starting from a stop and once you are moving it will be really hard to stop! You can do it but we don’t recommend it.
It’s uncommon, since most people who choose fixies are looking for speed and exercise rather than utility, but it can be done!
You should definitely run a brake (if you're not already) if you plan to tow a trailer with your fixed gear bike. Depending on what you're hauling, your trailer could easily be pushing 50 to 80 pounds. That is a LOT of momentum that you need to be able to stop on a dime!
Chances are you’ll need an adapter in order to attach a bike trailer to your road bike. The design of this adapter can vary by bike trailer manufacturer, so do your research before you order. But provided you follow the directions provided by the trailer manufacturer, you should have no problem hooking up a bike trailer to your fixed gear bike!
Prepare yourself for the workout of your life! With a fixed gear bike, pulling a loaded bike trailer adds a whole new level of challenge. But you'll also discover a world of adventures that you might never have imagined possible for you and your fixie.
Mountain bikes live up to their name! With rugged components and frames, flat handlebars, excellent braking systems, and shock-absorbing features, mountain bikes can handle any terrain. But what about towing a bike trailer?
Your mountain bike should have no problem towing along a trailer full to the brim with cargo or passengers. It’ll definitely ramp up the challenge, especially over rougher terrain, but it’s a go!
With a mountain bike, it's less about whether or not you can pull a trailer, but rather about whether or not your trailer can handle the width of the trailer on the path. A consideration is the trailer's wheels; cheap, inferior trailers will have 16-inch wheels and plastic rims that bend the minute you hit a bump.
By all means, hook up your bike trailer to a mountain bike and go exploring. Just make sure your bike trailer is up to the task and the trailer is wide enough for passage!
Some mountain bikes have 12mm though axles, so you’ll need a special axle (Robert Axle Project) in order to attach a bike trailer to your mountain bike. Even so, as long as you follow the instructions provided by the trailer/axle manufacturer, you will have no problem attaching a bike trailer to your mountain bike.
Bike trailers provide extra storage space that can be invaluable for off-road adventures! Here are some tips to make your first adventure a success.
The ultimate in convenience, folding bikes are built to fold down and squeeze into trunks, closets, and subway cars with ease. These lightweight, compact bikes aren't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of hauling a bike trailer, but is it possible?
Despite their smaller, collapsible frames, high-quality folding bikes are fully capable of pulling a bike trailer. There are even bike trailers that fold just like your folding bike, so you could stow both of them in the same small space!
Most bike trailer hitches will work with folding bikes. Some trailers come with axle attachments that let you adjust the height of the tow arm; if you’re using a folding bike, you should put it higher up so the trailer is more level.
When in doubt, ring the manufacturer of your folding bike and see what they have to say about towing a bike trailer with your folding bike. So trailer manufacturers have towbars that can be adjusted to 20” wheels
The learning curve for pulling bike trailers with a folding bike is about the same as any other bike. Take it for a spin on smooth, traffic-free roads first; practice turning with the wider radius; and secure all your cargo before you go out!
Recumbent bikes and trikes have you sitting in a reclined position rather than sitting upright or leaning forward. Recumbent bikes are awesome for a medium-intensity cardio workout, but how are they when it comes to pulling a bike trailer?
Here’s the thing: recumbent bikes and trikes come in so many different shapes and sizes that it’s impossible to give a blanket “yes” or “no” answer. Delta trike designs are very difficult to pull a trailer.
We’ve seen plenty of recumbent bikes pull a bike trailer with ease, usually by attaching it to the rear wheel axle; but it really depends on the form and design of your specific machine.
A good place to start would be to talk to your recumbent bike's manufacturer, who should know if other customers have towed trailers with their bikes.
Bikes trailers aren't for everyone riding a recumbent bike. Since you can’t stand up on a recumbent bike while pedaling up an incline, the extra weight of the bike trailer will make hills even more challenging. But if you’re up for a serious cardio workout, you could have a lot of fun hauling a trailer with your recumbent bike!
Any bicycle equipped with a motor so that you can pedal more quickly and with less effort is an e-bike. There are electric versions of nearly every bicycle on the market these days, from road bikes to mountain bikes to recumbents!
In terms of pulling a bike trailer, the electric motor doesn't really make a difference other than making your job easier! However if you have electric bike with the motor in the rear wheel and the power cord to the motor entering the axle on the left side you will not be able to attach most bike hitches.
Whether an electric bike can tow a trailer depends on the type of bike it is. Do you have an electric road bike, electric mountain bike...and so on. But there is really no type of bicycle that flat-out can’t haul a bike trailer, so you can be confident that your electric bike will do the job.
Simply put, if you’ve got an electric bike, you’ve got an electric bike that can pull a trailer!
No matter what type of bike you have, a bike trailer is the fastest, easiest way to extend its utility. Check out the most comprehensive line up of the very best bike trailers on the market!
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