I know the end of summer is in sight, and with it comes the end of bicycle season (unless you live in one of those wonderful always sunny climates) but Christmas is right around the corner (crazy!), and a lot of you were on the bicycle trailer bandwagon after this post so I thought I’d do a more in depth review of the trailer we are currently using. We’ve been using the InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer all summer long, and definitely have formed some opinions about the trailer, which I’m excited to share today!
So lets get the nitty gritty out of the way. This is a double bike trailer which can also be used safely with only one child. It holds up to 80lbs with a sturdy steel frame (which weighs 23lbs) and it can be pulled behind almost any bicycle because of it’s versatile coupler attachment. The frame folds down and the wheels pop off easily for storage or transportation.
We really like this carrier. It’s lightweight, which is wonderful when I’m pulling a toddler up the Germany hilly countryside, but it’s still sturdy and safe with it’s 16 inch wheels and harness seat belt(s). The tires give a pretty smooth ride, which I love for two reasons: Harry is almost always behind my bike, so I appreciate a smooth ride cutting down on drag, and it’s nice to know he’s safe and not bumping around inside the trailer when I can’t see him.
The dual canopy includes a mesh screen to keep bugs away and also a weather guard for wet or windy rides. I really appreciate the weather guard even when we’re riding on a beautiful day because I’m worried about rocks and sticks being shot up from my bike tires and hitting Harry in the face or eyes. He always wears a helmet, but I really like the weather guard for the added protection. I have tried to use just the mesh screen to protect him from debris before, and though it didn’t let any rocks or sticks in, Harry’s face was covered with small dirt particles at the end of our ride. There is some ventilation in the back of the carrier, which I think helps a bit on warmer days when the weather guard is on, though to be honest I’m not sure how it would be inside the trailer on very hot days.
It is super easy to fold up, for both storage and for sticking in the back of our car when we want to take it with us, and it’s actually pretty slim when it’s folded down, meaning it hangs right against our garage wall or can be shoved underneath bags in our trunk. It’s not too wide for the sidewalk, and I’ve even had someone pass us on a bicycle on the same sidewalk with plenty of room. The size is wonderful, especially considering it can be used for two children!
Attaching the trailer to my bicycle does take a little elbow grease. It’s not too bad, but it definitely takes a bit of muscle and finesse to get the prong in there. Once it’s in there and secure though, I don’t worry about it ever coming out. It feels very secure, though I make sure to check it every time we take it out.
Personally, I prefer a bike carrier on the frame of my bicycle over the trailer, however, we do very much like this bike trailer. It’s very easy to use, safe, and the price ($90-100) is quite good. It’s wonderful for longer trips when you’d like to bring a lunch or a few toys, and it’s a very easy option for carrying two children. Harry loves his bike trailer and asks for bike rides constantly. If you are in the market for a bicycle trailer, I would very highly recommend the InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer – even just for one child!