Before owning the Coaster by Thule I had a one child bike seat that attached to the back of my bike. The bike seat was pretty awesome as it would let me bring my child (up to 40 lbs) with me on short or long trips. Unfortunately the bike seat didn’t allow for any additional storage and it didn’t work so well when both my kids (3 and 7) wanted to join me on my rides.
I live in Victoria, BC, Canada. My home is located approximately 9 km or a 20 minute bike ride to downtown. I love biking and it’s the easiest way for me to commute to downtown. Biking to me has always been a great way to get around. It is a fun outdoors activity, and now with the cost of fuel and everything impacting the environment, biking seems like a better way to stay grounded. It’s with these reasons that I introduced biking to my kids at a very early age, and hope to share this experience with them for the rest of their lives.
The Coaster is a great addition to our family
This light-weight bicycle trailer and stroller is a nice add-on for your bicycle. For me the Coaster allowed me to bring both my kids with me on long bike rides, and for everyone to arrive safe and in rolling in comfort.
I selected the Coaster based on 3 factors:
Safety is number one on my list. The Coaster has safety in mind and supports this with a hitch that securely attaches to my bike, includes safety harnesses for the passengers, a bright coloured design for high visibility, and a safety flag that reaches about 6 feet tall. The trailer is light-weight and does not interfere with your biking mobility. The Coaster performs effortlessly on flat surfaces and has a low bearing tug on inclining hills, all depending on the weight and passengers you are taxiing. It manoeuvres well on pavement, trails and through wet conditions. For additional safety, my kids always have their helmets and they don’t seem to mind.
The next item of the list is comfort. Comfort is a must have for me because our typical bike trip will register approximately 20 km or 12.4 miles. This means that both my children have to endure a trip that could possibly feel like eternity. This I know first hand from some of our driving road trips.
The Coaster has comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. The large 20 inch wheels offer a smooth ride both for the biker and riders. Large UV-protected side windows offer a clear view of the world and constant change of scenery to keep my passengers entertained. A removable 2 in 1 weather cover on the front offers a vented, bug-free, fresh air mesh cover and a rain cover to keep everyone dry and happy. There’s plenty of storage inside and out. The pocket inside the trailer make it easy for my kids to bring there snacks, water bottle and favourite toys. The back cargo has plenty of storage for blankets, jackets, beach toys, picnic items and my camera. Last on the list is the cool factor. Thule did a great job designing the Coaster. This compact trailer has a modern design that will fit just about any bike. The Coaster is lightweight (24 lbs), easy to assemble (8 minutes for me), has a quick connect hitch to my bike, detaches and easily collapses and folds for transport or storage, and best of all it also converts to a stroller. I know that the idea of the stroller conversion isn’t for everybody but for me this is a handy little buggy is ideal on some road trips and it also doubles as a transporter for our accessories from the parking lot to hotel rooms.
Thule thought of everything that I needed when they designed the Coaster
I would highly recommend the Coaster. Listed just under $400 this bike trailer is a must have if you enjoy sharing your biking experience with your children. The out-of-the-box installation was quick and easy and all came together is less than 10 minutes. The Coaster collapses easily for storage and everything including the wheels can be detached with a push of a button. Regardless if you need the Coaster for 1 or 2 kids this is a good investment that offers safety, a super cool time machine for your kids and a fun way to get around.