Riding with your toddler in a baby bike trailer is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the weather. But before pruchasing a child bike trailer it is important to note there are dangers that can be prevented by following certain safety measures.
Security should be the most important concern when choosing a trailer. It is often very challenging trying to compare different trailers and knowing what security features are best.
This article will highlight the measures and options you have when looking for secure features in a trailer. Make sure the trailer will fit your bike correctly. There are universal couplers to fit most bikes, but make sure they are appropriate for yours.
Many child bike trailers come with a safety flag to install on the trailer. If not, purchase one. This will help you and the trailer to be seen by others on the road. Increase your visibilty with reflectors attached to the trailer and your bike. Use proper road hand signals when on the road so others will know the moves you plan to make.
Your child should always wear a helmet while in the baby bike trailer and wear a 5 point safety harness for the best possible saftey. This harness keeps your youngster strapped in place and safe inside the trailer. The harness is similar to what is found in car seats.
If you have a double bike trailer there will be two harnesses, one for each child. Do not put more than one child in single bike trailer as one would not have a harness. Also check customer reviews to make sure there are no defects and all buckles and straps are easy to use
Many baby bike trailers do have a size recommendation of about 1 years old or when they can sit up and support their neck and bodies. Please check appropriate manufacturer sources as well as your child's physician for this information
A good baby bike trailer will have a cover to ensure the safety of your child during inclement weather. You should have a plastic weather guard and also a mesh cover for bugs if possible. The different covers also help to diminish direct exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.
Another important aspect is the weight capacity of the trailer. Does your child meet the requirements? This is very crucial for the trailer to be safe and function appropriately. Also you will be pulling the trailer, so try to pick one that is lighter weight but sturdy. Keep this in mind, if you have a lot of hills in your area.
Lastly, there is budget. You can first choose a few bike trailers based on price to filter down your choices. Do not automatically go for the lowest priced item. Look through this narrowed list and check for the safest features as well as its weight and overall functionality.
You may be surprised that some lower priced models may get the better overall reviews than luxury brand ones. Read as many customer reviews as you can and see how others you use the baby bike trailer, and if it is identical to your needs.