Thule Courier kids bike trailer review: A true jack of all trades

A multi-purpose trailer for kids, pets, cargo and more to help you ditch the car for good

A Thule Courier bike trailer sits in a park
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Thule Courier is unique in its holistic view of bike life and works as a stroller, two-kid trailer, and a cargo trailer out of the box. Add infant, baby, and pet accessories and it could be the trailer that frees you of car trips throughout an entire life.

Pros

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    Front wheels stow on the trailer in bike mode

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    Includes a hard floor for easy conversion to cargo mode

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    Cover easily comes completely free

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    Available accessories include provisions for infants, babies, and pets

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    Big, high-quality, wheels

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    Easy to adjust stroller handle height

Cons

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    Brake is difficult to use

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    Connection to the bike isn't as easy as competitors

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    Big and heavy

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If you are considering one of the best bike trailers for kids then something like this Thule Courier is likely what first comes to mind. We recently covered the Weehoo Turbo Bike Trailer and there's a lot to love about it but it's also somewhat different from the traditional. With this product from Thule, we are bringing things back to a more traditional silhouette but there are also some neat tricks along for the ride. 

There are a lot of things you've got to buy for kids as they develop. Bike trailers are an expensive purchase and typically the usable age range isn't that big. When we put together our list of the best bike trailers we included this one because we liked the concept of using it for more than just hauling young kids. Now that we've spent more time with it, we are ready to discuss the details. If you are curious to know how well the concept translates to real-world use, keep reading to see our thoughts. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
Ease of assembly and adjustmentAssembly is a few minutes and everything is incredibly easy. Later, conversion between modes is easy.10/10
StabilityCompletely smooth and stable when being pushed or pulled. If the parent bike falls the trailer will stay upright.10/10
Child comfortThe upright design of the backrest means there’s not much room behind the head for a helmet.8/10
Build QualityThe build quality is excellent and all the parts are available for replacement but the body isn’t easily replaced.8/10
StorabilityEven folded down with the wheels removed this is a big piece.5/10
Storage SpaceThere’s no pockets for kid use and while it easily converts to cargo mode, don’t expect to carry much while also carrying children.5/10
Overall ratingRow 6 - Cell 1 77%

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