Talk of trailer hitches and towing capacity is no longer the domain of truck drivers. If you are on the market for a new baby bike trailer, it is essential to do a little research. You also need to think about what you want out of your trailer and how you'll be using it.
Bike trailers come in single-wheel or two-wheel designs. Single-wheel bike trailers have one rear-mounted wheel and are considered to be more stable than two-wheel bike trailers. The single-wheel trailer can tilt from side to side as the bicycle is turning. This allows for high-speed turns.
The two-wheel baby bike trailers generally have a wider cargo bed and, therefore, a larger capacity. However, the two-wheel trailers cannot corner as quickly as the single-wheel trailers.
The design of the baby bike trailer also involves the type of hitch used to attach the trailer to the bicycle. A single-wheel trailer usually employs a frame hitch that attaches to either side of the bike's rear axle. There is also a vertical hinge which allows for cornering.
The two-wheel trailer hitches use a flexible joint to allow for cornering, and they are usually attached at the rear axles or chainstay.
Also, keep in mind where the bike trailer is hitched. Some are attached at the seat post. Other popular places to hitch trailers are the rear axle and the chainstay.
Selecting a baby bike trailer is not just a choice between two wheels or one. You do not need to sacrifice maneuverability for cargo space. You don't even need to buy a trailer separately from your stroller.
Convertible jogging-stroller/bike-trailer hybrids are the perfect way to balance cargo space and handling. Most models like those from Baby Jogger are equipped with easy-to-use front fork hitches and towing bars that allow for easy transitions between jogger mode and trailer mode.