How to Bring Your Child On an Ebike Ride

Accessories to turn any ride into a family affair.

Femake adult carrying younger child on ebike
It’s smiles for miles bringing your kid along for a spin.Courtesy Hamax USA

Whether it’s Take Your Kid to Work Day, an afternoon running errands, or a leisurely cruise on the bike path, accessory makers offer an array of ways to take your little one along on your ebike and let them enjoy the great outdoors with you. Here is a sampling of popular products to safely turn any ebike outing into a family affair.

Child Bike Seats

The Hamax Caress
The Hamax Caress.Courtesy Hamax USA

Child bike seats commonly come in one of two formats: Seats mounted behind the rider on a rear rack, or ones mounted ahead of the rider that sit atop the bike’s toptube and are further secured on the downtube for additional stability.

Founded more than 60 years ago, Norway's Hamax began making child bike seats in 1981. The Caress is the company's top-of-the-line offering and is designed for tots as young as 9 months (the estimated age for children to hold their head upright without support) or kids up to 48.5 pounds. Features like the childproof safety buckle and a reclining dial with a number of sleep positions up to 20 degrees are designed to be operated quickly and easily with one hand. The Caress includes a Carrier Adapter that fits onto a luggage/carrier rack, and the seat comes in color choices of gray/red or gray/white. For the kiddo's comfort, a recessed helmet space keeps your little passenger's head from being pushed forward, both the frame- and rack-mount versions include shock-absorbing suspension systems, and the sliding backrest continues to provide a proper fit as your child grows. The seat's two-piece padding is bacteria- and weather-resistant and can be removed for washing by hand.

Kid Trailers

The Burley Minnow
The Burley Minnow.Courtesy Burley Design

Many of today’s kid trailers are chock-full of safety and comfort features for when you haul your precious cargo on the bike. Alan Sholz, the founder of Burley Design, built his first bike trailer for his daughter in the 1970s, cobbling it together with parts from a swing set. Today, the company puts its kid trailers through rigorous internal testing as well as outside third-party testing, and backs it products with a three- to five-year warranty.

The Burley Minnow is designed to carry one child and is the entry-level trailer in the Burley line. That doesn't mean it cuts corners on safety however. It has a full internal aluminum roll cage, hammock-style seat, helmet recess area, five-point harness system, tinted side windows, safety flag, and a water-resistant cover. Its 20-inch wheels are removable with the push of a button, and the Minnow can be folded flat for compact storage. Total weight including the trailer's towbar and hitch is just under 22 pounds.

Trailer Cycles

WeeRide Co-pilot
Kids can pedal or coast on the WeeRide Co-Pilot.Courtesy WeeRide

Rather than just passively coming along for the ride, trailer cycles attach to the seatpost of a full-size bike and allow kids to pedal along with their parents—or just cruise behind if that’s their preference.

Made from heavy-duty steel, the WeeRide Co-Pilot is designed for children ages 4 to 9, or up to 75 pounds. Its handlebars can be adjusted up, down, or rotationally to fit co-riders of different sizes, and safety features include a chain guard, safety flag, handlebar pad, and splash guard. It rolls on a 20-inch wheel and comes in white, green, or pink.