Trailers for bicycles come in a few different forms. The two different types are: child trailers and pet trailer. They attach to the cruisers along with many other accessories will be discussed going forward. This post will discuss the different trailers you can add to your beach cruisers (or any bicycle for that matter) to make them more enjoyable.
While many beaches in Southern California do not allow pets on the beach itself, you can have them with you on the bike paths that line the beaches. Instead of feeling guilty leaving your dog at home while you’re enjoying the outdoors, bring them to the beach legally and still enjoy your bike ride by adding a pet cart trailer to your bicycle!
These are really cool attachments that allow you to pull your pet around in a mini-trailer that attaches to the back of the bicycle.
I see these all the time at the beach and they’re getting more popular. Last week I saw a mobile dog grooming van parked in the back of the main lot. You could bring your dog to the van and have him or her groomed while you’re at the actual beach where the dogs are not allowed.
You and your family can spend an hour or two at the beach itself while your doggie is getting groomed.
When they’re ready you can just go get your pooch from the van with your bicycle and pet trailer attachment, and then spend the next few hours riding with your pet. So you get to spend some alone time on the sand, have you pet cleaned,and then enjoy the rest of the day with a bike ride with your dog in tow!
These trailers range from $129 to about $300. If you can’t afford that and have a small dog, you could even use a basket attached to the handlebars for a less expensive option.
Bicycle Child Seats & Trailers
Many people get nervous about putting a small child on a bicycle. But if you buy the proper seat, ride slowly and carefull, and make sure the child is wearing a helmet, your kid should be pretty safe.
The best seats for kids, are the trailers just like the ones I mentioned for pets. The main difference here is that the the trailer actually has a recumbent seat inside with seat belts, so your child is safely buckled inside.
The come in wide versions as well that can fit two children. It’s perfect for those years when your child is too young to ride a bicycle. Many of the better versions also have a sort of trunk as well, so that you can carry baby supplies like diapers, bottles, wipes, etc.
Some version also have a clear roof attachment, so you can quickly look back and see the child through the roof of the trailer. A nice feature to have so you don;t have to constantly stop and check on the kid.
Don’t think you can’t enjoy your bicycle because you have a young one, these trailers are the perfect solution!
Bicycle Child Seats
I’ll quickly mention these but I’m not really a fan of them, and I’ll tell you why. These are single child seats that attach right behind the driver seat. It’s not a trailer, the seat is directly behind you.
The baby is secure in the seat, buckled in and with a helmet on.
But as you can see from the photo, they are pretty high up off the ground. If there ever is a situation where you fall, the baby will fall as well, and can be crushed by the weight of the bicycle and with a larger impact because of the height that a trailer.
You can always be sure to ride as slow and safe as possible. but you can’t control if someone else crashes into you. I think you probably can now understand now why I say I don’t like these.