As soon as I moved here, I knew that I wanted to be outside more with the kids. The townhouse kept us cooped up inside. We couldn't go out one afternoon and enjoy our own back yard swing set then, because we didn't have a back yard. When we moved I was thinking of the multiple ways I wanted to get to know my neighborhood and get some exercise.
It was the first week of August and I decided I would save up my blogging money to get myself a bike. Well my hubby surprised me and got a bike for me. After all it was my birthday and I was excited to possibly have some away time from the house on my bike without the kids for awhile and get some exercise in. But it hit me, "geez, it would be really nice to be able to go for a bike ride with the kids and take them to the park for a picnic or something". Now that I had a bike, I was saving up for a bike trailer!!
Well I didn't have to save for long, after we had our house warming party a few weeks ago we got some amazon gift cards from our lovely friends and family and I was able to buy this Instep Bike Trailer!
|2 Seater Instep Bike Trailer $89 on Amazon with free shipping if you are a Prime Member.|
So because I was eligible for prime shipping I got this the very next day from Amazon. Let me tell you how much I love Amazon right now!! Almost everything I've purchased with the prime shipping has come to me the next day over the last couple of months. My only complaint is now I think UPS should have a service where they come and collect all your boxes that don't fit in the recycle bin. They've piled up since we've been doing a lot of ordering on Amazon the last few months.
Anyway, I couldn't be happier with this bike trailer as it was able to fit both my eight month old, three year old, a rolled up blanket to have a picnic on, a little thermal lunch bag full of all of our picnic food and drinks, and an umbrella comfortably, with room to spare. There is a small compartment behind the seats for any storage items you might need to bring along.
When I got the package, the assembly of the bike trailer was really easy. I tend to skip directions, I know that's bad, but I was able to put it together without directions, then go back over the directions later to see if I did it right. It was pretty self explanatory. Later that night I hooked my bike up to the bike trailer and I did it myself without the Hubs help. I just followed the directions. The locking system that the trailer hooks up to remains on your bike, and when you want to hook the trailer up, it takes literally less than a minute to hook up.
So how was the first ride with all of our picnic stuff and two kids in tow? Great outside of the rain that put a time limit on us at the park.
|This is the trailer attached to my bike.|
When we got to the park I let J out who immediately ran over to the playground. I unloaded the back of the trailer and set out our blanket and picnic food and Baby B!
|My Two Cuties!|
He runs back to the playground as I pull out the umbrella for Baby B and I. We sit there under the umbrella for a bit before the raindrops start to get harder and faster and then I decide to put Baby B back in the bike trailer and pack it up and at least move our stuff to the covered picnic table area.
|J disappointed we are leaving so early...Baby B just enjoying the ride.|
So I'm riding back home and instead of taking a direct route home, I decide to paroose the neighborhood since J didn't get his time at the park in. Now thankfully this Instep bike trailer has a rain shield, so while I was getting rained on, they stayed warm and dry.
Now if you are out of shape like I am, it starts to get tiresome hauling an extra lets say forty pounds or so. So I had to stop at one point while on a hilly road just for a breather. I had no idea at the time that J myster had fallen asleep.
I get home and see J myster with his head forward in the seat totally asleep. It was pretty cute, then he sits up like this still totally out of it. Baby B seemed to have a good ol time in the trailer. I just need to make sure he doesn't strangle himself with a helmet.
|Always happy, unless I'm teething Baby B. :)|
So what is my overall opinion of the Double Instep Bike Trailer?! Five stars! It can fit both of my children 25 pounds and 16 pounds, all my picnic gear and (if in shape, easy to tow). When you first start out on the ride you really have no idea you are towing anything on flat surfaces.
Second, I love that you have a little storage space behind the seats for things like drinks, umbrellas, etc. And I love that you can either screen off the trailer to protect the kids from bugs or things that might fly up in the air on a busy road, or you can totally protect them with a rain shield in case its raining. There were other bike trailers on Amazon that were two to $300 bucks, but for the usage you'd get out of them and for the durability, this $89 one seems to be just as good. I've only used it twice, but it folds up nicely and its very fast to assemble and I feel for the short amount of time my kids are small like this, I didn't want to pay too much for one when they'll outgrow it in a few years. Definitely worth the purchase!
Wife, Mother of Two Boys, Coffee Addict, Pinterest obsessed, an aspiring writer balancing every day life of raising a family and blogging about it.