If you’re thinking about a trip by bike, you might consider the use of a trailer. While backpacks and bicycle panniers are great for some, many traveling by bike choose to carry their gear in a trailer pulled behind their bike.
There are bicycle trailers made to haul just about anything (from dogs to children, and yes, even boats), but what you’ll find here is a list of trailers that can be used for local commuting or long-distance bike touring. This isn’t a list of EVERY bicycle trailer in the world, but instead, a list of the best and most popular bicycle trailers used for commuting (carrying food to and from the supermarket, for example) or hauling gear (camping equipment, for example) on a local or long-distance bicycle touring adventure.
Without further adieu: The ultimate list of the world’s best bicycle trailers.
Day-to-day practicality make the Adventure Cargo Trailer a really useful addition to any bike around town. Double handle design makes transporting items away from the bike as easy as it is when on the bike. The trailer’s simple fitting system works with any bike and features a simple towball design for ease of attachment. The folding frame means easy storage when packed flat. Zero-hassle mag-style wheels are durable. Reflector and flag included for added visibility. Tough rigid box-bag is water resistant, removable and has an elastic mesh for added external storage capacity.
The Avenir Cargo Trailer is perfect for carrying groceries, camping gear, sporting goods or whatever else you need to take with you when you go by bike! A sturdy, handy companion on long bike trips or gear-loaded runs around town, the Avenir Cargo Bicycle Trailer lets you take it with you. Ideal for toting groceries, camping gear, sporting goods, or whatever else you need on your ride, the trailer features tool-free assembly right out of the box. Quick-release 20-inch wheels provide easy on-and-off when you need to store the trailer or pack it in the car, and rugged 420-denier nylon fabric resists all kinds of outdoor abuse. The trailer, which has a 77-pound cargo capacity, comes complete with rain cover and a two-piece safety flag.
If you’re trying to lower your environmental impact and maintain a healthy lifestyle, then look no further! These trailers will give you the flexibility to haul many of those items you’d justify using your car for. It is easily disassembles with three thumb screws and fits inside the box for easy shipping or storage. The bike hitch attaches and releases in seconds. It fits nearly any bike – in the rare case that it does not fit your specific bicycle, the company will customize a hitch that fits your bike at no additional charge. The 24 gallon capacity container is large enough to hold four large paper grocery bags. You can also strap your backpack to the top of the trailer.
With its rugged, three inches of adjustable suspension travel, the Ibex trailer will follow you to the ends of the earth. Ride single track, riverbeds and washboard roads, the Ibex will faithfully bring your gear, tools and supplies along with you. Its 70 pound capacity means you can go farther and see more without leaving anything behind.
Designed specifically for cycle touring, the Nomad encourages comfortable wanderlust with its large carrying capacity and weatherproof cover. It attaches quickly and easily, has a balance point designed to reduce torque on the bike and features a hitch that is ideally positioned to provide superior tracking and stability. It has a cargo space of 105 L, carries up to 100 lb., and weighs less than 15 lb.
The utilitarian choice for pulling larger loads, the Burley Flatbed bicycle trailer can haul up to 100 lb. easily with a balance point designed to reduce torque on the bike and a hitch that is ideally positioned to provide superior tracking and stability. The trailer’s open front and back makes it easy to haul long loads.
Perfectly designed as a bike trailer, the City fits any bike and lets you forget your burden. Even when carrying a full 100 lbs, your bike feels as lively and nimble as normal as the trailer hitches to the bike’s rear axle. This optimum hitch point isolates the trailer from the bike’s twisting and turning movements, making the load feel lighter than if it were in panniers. Plus, the ingenious suspended handle cushions the load and is height adjustable to keep the trailer level no matter what size your bike’s rear wheel is.
The Carry Freedom Y-Frame bicycle trailer features a tough plywood load bed, bolted onto a durable aluminum frame, finished with quality components. The trailer’s wheels & handle release in seconds for flat storage. The tires have Kevlar armor and reflex stripes. The radially SS spoked wheels are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings. The axles are sturdy button release 12mm wheelchair axles. And best of all, the trailer comes in two different sizes: The Carry Freedom Y-Small trailer is better if you like going through doors and the Y-Large trailer is better if you carry silly amounts of stuff all the time.
The Croozer Cargo is a great general purpose cargo trailer. The Croozer Cargo has plenty of space for groceries, running routine errands – like recycling – or daily commuting. With precious perishable cargo like beer or bratwurst, the key to a good cargo trailer is stability and security, and you get both in abundance with the low-profile Croozer Cargo carrier. The frame is steel with a nylon flat-bed and a denier nylon fabric cover (which can be opened at the back for extra long cargo).
The Extrawheel Voyager is an incredible single wheel trailer design. Unlike other trailers, the cargo is propped on either side of a full size wheel. This unique placement allows the load to be placed along the the center point of the wheel for tighter turning clearances and a shorter overall profile. The cargo also sits with the center of gravity below the axle of the wheel to keep the wheel pressed firmly against the ground rather than bouncing when riding over rough terrain.
Maya Cycle bike trailers are compact and easy-to-use for city streets, rides to the beach, camping getaways, cross-country touring, and any other type of bike trip you would like to experience with no hassle. Maya Cycle follows directly in-line with your bicycle wheels at all times and will NOT fishtail, even downhill at high speed. Maya Cycle bike trailers ride only one meter behind your bike, making it easy to maneuver around tight turns and corners. The trailer bed easily detaches from the fork at the pivot point, converting it into a fully functional wheelbarrow with simple rotation of the handle bars. Plus, the retractable kickstand will hold your bicycle upright for easy loading/unloading of cargo. Each Maya Cycle trailer comes with a free storage bag and two bungee straps.
The Nashbar Cargo Trailer is constructed from chromoly steel and is powder-coated for a great looking, durable finish. The design uses a series of triangulated struts resulting in a strong and durable platform for carrying your stuff.
When you need quality in a bicycle cargo trailer, one that is ready for a world tour or simply a trip to the market without options, The Quik-Pak is the one that rises to the top – performance and price wise. This trailer is ready for a fully-loaded bike tour or simply a quick trip to the supermarket.
The Cyclone is an award-winning bike trailer. Cyclone bicycle trailers have been used all over the world for cycling holidays, long bike rides and even expeditions. Due to its robustness, very low rolling resistance and quick conversion to a duffel bag, the Cyclone Trekking is the perfect trailer for any bike trip with luggage.
The Cyclone Cargo lets you transport whatever bag, box or container you want. The many lashing points enable you to attach any kind of luggage. Available in two versions: one for bikes with 16-20 inch rear wheel and one for bikes with 26-29 inch rear wheel. Due to its robustness and very low rolling resistance, the Cyclone Cargo is the perfect trailer to move loads with your bike. When the wheels are inserted in the rear axle bushings, the Cyclone can be used as a walking trailer. This way you can easily cover considerable distances, even with a fully loaded bike trailer.
Specially designed to travel with the Brompton or another very compact folding bike. This version of the Cyclone bicycle trailer is wider and shorter than the regular Cyclone and has a black “padded” bag. The wheels of the Chubby have the same size as the wheels on the Brompton. With the Chubby you can travel by plane, with your Brompton or Airnimal folding bicycle safely stored inside the padded Chubby bag. On arrival, just take out the bike, put your luggage in and connect the Chubby to your bike to have a comfortable travel set-up with up to a 100 liters of storage.
Boasting smart German engineering and excellent build quality, the Monoporter bicycle trailer is a well-thought out single wheel trailer. The whole thing comes to bits and folds up to produce a very compact, convenient pack for transporting. At 25kg its max load is a little low compared to other trailers and I would be a bit concerned about its low slung platform grounding on very rough tracks.
Have you used any of these trailers yourself? If so, which one(s) have you used and what did you think?
If you know of a trailer that I’ve missed and should be listed here, please leave a comment below. Make sure you leave the name of the trailer, the company that makes it and (if possible) a link to the company website. Thanks!
Also, be sure to check out the complete list of popular bicycle panniers. On this detailed list your fill find bicycle panniers from popular companies such as Arkel, Axiom, Lone Peak, Ortlieb, Vaude and more.