Any bicycle-loving parent will be familiar with the debate that is currently happening in our home: when can we take baby Luke on his first bike ride in a trailer?
If you’re from a country where cycling isn’t a mainstream form of transport, the idea of putting an infant in a bicycle trailer may be shocking. Internet searches reveal plenty of people concerned about harm to the baby from vibrations and the risk of accidents but little in the way of actual data to back up these fears.
One American website suggests two ways of checking to see if your child is ready to ride in a trailer. It starts off sensibly enough:
We would recommend that you do two things before using a trailer: ask your pediatrician if the child is ready.
Put a check mark beside point one. We’ve done that. But then, they recommend this….
If you can find one that accommodates your weight and size, ride in a trailer yourself for at least 10 miles, at the speed you expect to travel. At least put a jar of milk in a trailer and ride as you will with the baby, checking the foam level when you stop.