In which Ariel discusses a bike trailer that allows her to get some cardio in whilst entertaining an active toddler. This article contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. Thank you for your continued support.
InStep Take 2 Double Bike Trailer
If you are either an outdoor enthusiast or a parent trying to fit in exercise while entertaining kids, a bike trailer might be for you. As someone who straddles both categories, I love ours! I chose the InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer and I could not be happier with that decision.
If you have read any of my reviews you are probably familiar with my own personal criteria for choosing clothing, gear, toys etc. In anything I purchase I look for durability, versatility and cost-effectiveness. It should be able to make it through all three of my potential children and it should serve more than one purpose. Bonus points if the item is pleasant on the eyes! The InStep Take 2 Double Bike Trailer meets all of my criteria.
The InStep Take 2 is an inexpensive bike trailer that can seat either one or two kids for a total of 80 lbs. With a small compact car and a toddler on my hip, I needed to avoid anything bulky or heavy. The lightweight frame of the InStep Take 2 folds down easily for transportation and storage. And yet the inside is roomy! Though I cannot speak to the quality of the ride, as my toddler isn’t verbal enough for that yet.
For those of us who need extra space, there are about 8 inches of additional cargo space behind the seating area, making the InStep Take 2 an ideal choice for family outings. If you are out and about and your little one gets too tired, you can easily throw his bike in the cargo space and strap him alongside his younger sibling in the trailer. Or use the space to store a picnic lunch for longer day trips. The InStep also features a snap-on mesh screen protecting your young riders from eating insects and a roll-down rain shield just in case.
InStep claims that the bike attachment is universal and based on other reviews I have read I would say anyone with a newer bike will have little to no problem. I had to take out the grinder and enlarge the hole in order to fit the adaptor to my hand me down road cruiser. If you have multiple bikes you can purchase additional adaptors for added flexibility. That's what my husband and I did. Now we can easily switch who pulls the trailer.
Planning on being the crazy cat person in your retirement? Bonus! The InStep Take 2 can be converted into a trailer for small animals. With mesh enclosing all sides you can easily take Fluffy along without fearing he will jump out! Or without fearing that your child will toss their luvie to the wayside. Unless they are particularly devious, in which case they can figure out how to throw away their toys. Nothing will stand in their way!
If you are looking to take your bike trailer off-roading you should probably look elsewhere. The InStep Take 2 is not for rugged trail rides. With its snap-in wheels, I would not recommend using the trailer on anything more demanding that gravel. Since we live in the suburbs, we use ours exclusively on paved roads and trails. It works perfectly in these scenarios.
Another bummer? The InStep Take 2 does not convert to a stroller. It really is just a bike trailer, which is one of the reasons why it is so inexpensive. While it is not the most versatile choice out there, I would still repurchase it. But I already have a designated jogging stroller. If you don’t and having that option is important to you the Aosom Elite II 3in1 Double Child Bike Trailer is a comparable choice when it comes to quality and price. Despite this downside, I still give the InStep Take 2 four eggs. It only loses one eggs because it cannot convert into a stroller.
What do you think? Are bike trailers a useful addition to an active parents arsenal?
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