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Compare Bicycle Trailers: Allen Sports vs. InStep
If your kids are still very young and you want to take them biking with you, you have mainly two options: either install a child seat on your bicycle or else acquire a bicycle trailer.
There are a number of problems and risks associated with the first option. For starters, having your child sitting in a seat installed on your bike could affect your equilibrium and require a lot more effort and attention on your part for safe biking. Furthermore, sitting on your bike, your child will not be protected from bad weather, bugs, and flying debris. And if you have more than one child, it would be quite difficult, if not impossible, to take both along for a ride.
These problems practically don't exist if you attach a trailer to your bike to carry your child or children:
Note that some bike trailers are convertible into a stroller, so that when you have reached your destination by bike, you can convert the trailer into a stroller and continue your outing with your kids on foot or jogging.
This article will compare InSTEP Take 2, InSTEP Quick-N-EZ and Allen Sports AST2 bicycle trailers. These three bicycle trailers were not just the most popular among Amazon customers at the time this article was written, but they had also received excellent reviews from most Amazon buyers (an average of 4.5 stars each out of 5 stars!).
The following table compares the features of the selected bicycle trailers:
All three trailers considered here can carry 1 or 2 passengers. But with either InStep trailers the maximum weight carried must not be over 80 lbs. Also with the Allen Sports trailer the maximum weight carried must not be over 100 lbs.
All three trailers considered here have 16” pneumatic inflatable rear tires with molded rims that provide performance and style.
InStep Quick-N-EZ comes with an additional small swivel front wheel that you install when you want to use the trailer as a stroller.
All three trailers considered here have a folding frame design with quick release wheels that enable compact storage.
Both InStep trailers are equipped with a canopy with bug screen and weather shield.
The Allen Sports trailer is equipped with a four-season cover designed to keep passengers and cargo dry and warm in bad weather. The four-season cover also protects the passengers from flying debris. It can be rolled up to allow for added ventilation in hot weather. Velcro closures keep the four-season cover in place when rolled up.
All three trailers considered here are equipped with a 5-point safety harness for safety.
Versatile and universal couplers attach to almost any type of bicycle.
InStep Quick-N-EZ Includes stroller kit with swiveling front wheel, parking brake and handlebar.
For price information on the above compared bicycle trailers, please click below:
Selected Bicycle Trailers on Amazon
So which bike trailer to get?
But before you decide which to get, keep in mind the following three points:
- If you need a trailer that can be converted to a stroller, you should choose InStep Quick-N-EZ.
- If your trailer's passengers weigh together more than 80 lbs, you should definitely get the Allen Sports trailer as it can carry weights up to 100 lbs.
- Allen sports provides a better warranty which is lifetime limited vs. 1-years limited provided by InStep.
Compared Allen Sports and InStep Bicycle Trailers on Amazon
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AST2 Bicycle Trailer
For more information on this Allen Sports Bicycle Trailer please click below:
Allen Sports Deluxe Bicycle Trailer
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