The increasing popularity of ebikes has made many manufacturers produce ebike accessories for all kinds of uses, one of which is the trailer.
Since we can’t carry too much cargo with a mere rear rack, a trailer comes in handy when we have a lot of cargo. This ebike accessory is for every kind of rider, whether you are commuting, riding to work, or hunting.
For riders who are new to riding ebikes with a trailer, here we will provide the needed information. Keep reading to see if there is still something else you need to know.
Is an Electric Bike Powerful Enough to Pull a Trailer?
The power of an electric bike for adults depends on the models and specifications. Many electric bikes are equipped with powerful motors that allow them to pull a trailer, but not all electric bikes are designed for such a purpose, like commuter ebikes.
BTW, most ebikes come with hitch arms that allow users to connect the bike and trailer, but not all. If you intend to purchase a trailer, be sure to see if your ebike is compatible with that.
Different Kinds of Ebike Trailers
There are mainly 3 kinds of electric bike trailers for 3 specific uses:
1. Cargo Trailer
As the name suggests, cargo trailers are designed to carry goods and belongings. They typically feature a spacious storage compartment with a sturdy frame.
Compared to pannier bags, cargo trailers are pretty useful for transporting groceries, camping gear, or any other bulky items.
2. Child Trailer
Some parents think that it will be dangerous to carry kids on the rear racks of their ebikes. That’s how a child trailer comes in handy. They are designed to safely transport kids while riding an ebike.
Compared to cargo trailers, child trailers are kind of different on the inside. These trailers often come with seating for one or two children, safety harnesses, and protective covers. Child trailers provide a fun and secure way to include your little ones.
3. Pet Trailer
Pet trailers allow riders to bring their furry friends along while riding. These trailers are closer to child trailers in terms of the internal structure. They come with windows for ventilation in case your pets are going breathless.
Remember the factors below while riding with an ebike trailer
1. Reasonable Weight
Keep the load capacity of your bike trailer in mind. It is an essential factor for stability and control. No matter what kind of trailers you are using, never overload them in case they overturn or topple over.
2. Adjust the Braking Distance
To be specific, brake earlier. That’s because the added weight from the trailer can affect the overall braking performance of your ebike. Allow for increased braking distance and start slowing down earlier than you would without the trailer. Practice braking in a safe environment to get accustomed to the weight.
3. Slow Down While Necessary
While riding an ebike with your kids inside the trailer, you know you need to slow down. It will be pretty dangerous to speed up in that situation where your kids can get hurt easily. Also, you are recommended to ride ebikes with your kids around the neighborhood instead of on the roads.
4. Choose the Right Terrain
Riding with a trailer may affect your ebike's performance on different terrains. Uphill climbs might require more effort, while downhill descents may require more caution due to the increased weight. Adjust your riding style and be prepared for potential changes in handling on various surfaces.
Generally, to ensure your safety, we still recommend riding with a trailer on flat terrain.
Attaching a trailer to your ebike can expand its functionality and make it more versatile for various purposes. However, it is essential to consider factors like motor power, weight distribution, and local regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable towing experience.