More and more people are taking advantage of the flexibility and practicality of child, dog and cargo trailers for managing their action-packed family routines by bike. This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about cycling with a trailer so that you can ride with the utmost safety and peace of mind.
In Germany, you have to be at least 16 years old to pull a child trailer. However, there are no such age restrictions for dog and cargo trailers. If you’re planning to use a bicycle trailer in a different country, be sure to familiarise yourself with its laws concerning trailers.
In order to pull a trailer safely and ensure safe braking, it is important that the load does not exceed the capacity of the respective trailer and that the towing bicycle is suitable and approved for pulling a trailer.
In general, Croozer bicycle trailers can be pulled using any bicycle with a 26” to 29” (559 to 635 mm) rear wheel. Nevertheless, we recommend checking the user manual of the bicycle or asking the respective manufacturer or retailer whether the bicycle is suitable and approved for pulling a bicycle trailer. The same applies to registration-free e-bikes and EPACs (electronically power assisted cycles) with pedal assistance up to 25 km/h (15 mph), if the manufacturer has approved it for this purpose.
Also keep in mind that, in some countries (e.g. Germany), it is not allowed to pull a child trailer using more powerful EPACs (S-Pedelecs) and throttle-operated e-bikes that can travel at speeds above 25 km/h (15 mph). By the same token, no other type of motorised vehicle, like a moped or scooter, can be used for towing a trailer.
You can pull a Croozer trailer over paved and unpaved surfaces (gravel paths, nature trails etc.), but not off road. An important reminder: Cyclists should always use the available bike paths and lanes, even when pulling a trailer. If no bike path or lane is available, you have to ride on the street. You are only allowed to ride on the pavement (sidewalk) if it is explicitly permitted, i.e. if there is a sign saying that the pavement can be used by cyclists. Be especially careful when riding on narrow bike paths or lanes, as well as on paths and trails with two-way traffic – because the trailer is usually wider than the handlebars of the towing bicycle. In addition, most trailers will not be centred behind the towing bicycle. Reduce your speed in places where navigation is especially challenging; and if you are ever in doubt about whether the trailer will be able to fit through an opening, dismount and push the bike and trailer through.
When pulling a bicycle trailer, never ride faster than its maximum allowable speed of 25 km/h (15 mph). You should always reduce your speed to a walking pace when turning. Keep in mind that riding speed is often underestimated, especially on bikes with electric assist, which require less muscle power. You should also avoid riding too fast, because your braking distance will be increased when pulling a bicycle trailer.
The following applies to all Croozer trailers: Bicycle trailers without brakes are not allowed to carry more than 60 kg/132 lbs (weight of the bicycle trailer + load). The following load limits are based on this requirement:
New users always need some time to familiarise themselves with the bicycle trailer, because their bike will handle differently, particularly when braking, turning/cornering, riding downhill and starting from a stop. This is why we recommend taking a few practice rides in an open area away from traffic before your first ride with child or canine passengers. You can find a short guide for your maiden voyage with a bicycle trailer in a separate blog post!
The following is an overview of important considerations:
Always ride with the safety flag mounted. It makes you more visible to other road-users, which is why its use is mandatory when riding in traffic.
In the section “Safety in the Bicycle Trailer”, you can find a checklist of the things you should check before each ride.
If you are looking for more information on riding with child or dog trailers, then have a look at our blog – there, you can find answers to all kinds of questions, along with information on a wide variety of subjects!
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