Ever since I started taking Isaac for runs in the jogging stroller I’ve looked forward to being able to go for bike rides with him. While I do enjoy running with a group of people, running by myself just isn’t that much fun. Pushing a jogging stroller on top of that doesn’t usually add to the fun. I’ll do it, sometimes I’ll enjoy it, but mostly it’s just a twisted way of getting exercise while I’m taking care of Isaac.
Biking, however, now THAT can be entertaining to do by yourself. You can go so much further, see so many different things and, perhaps most importantly, you drag a trailer behind you rather than push a stroller.
The catch in all of this is that I wanted something that could be both a good bike trailer AND a good jogging stroller…AND it had to be able to fit two kids. I’m not just buying this for Isaac, I’m in it for the long haul. The jogging stroller we have now is a one butt stroller, so when kid #2 is born (and hits 6 months) we’re going to need more room in the jogger.
With all of that in mind I did what any sane person would do. I took to Google. I watched YouTube. I scoured Google Shopping, I read reviews of bike trailers on numerous websites (some of which were difficult to determine if they were designed just to be a PR site) and spent WAY too much time looking into it. I knew I wanted something with a pneumatic front wheel, not some cheap wheel that’s only good at a walking pace. This thing needed to be able to take a beating, because our sidewalks are not friendly (ask my knee bruise that took 3 months to go away last year after I tripped on a huge crack in the sidewalk and made me miss half the rugby season, not that I’m bitter at all, oh no).
Finally I decided on the Croozer Kid for 2. It was more than I was initially planning to spend, but it met all the criteria and I justified it by telling myself that it can hold up to 100 pounds of kid so I’ll be able to use it for a long time.
I bought it through Amazon and it arrived in a nice, huge box.
Looking at the box you might have the same question that I did. A 3 in 1 trailer? What 3 things does it do? Well, apparently it’s not just a bike trailer and jogging stroller, it’s also a regular stroller! All that means is that there’s a tiny wheel that’s pretty much pointless to me so I don’t count that as #3. It didn’t take long at all to get assembled, maybe 15-20 minutes with distractions (aka Isaac crawling over to grab everything), but then I discovered a problem. It’s really wide. Like too wide to go through normal size doorways with both wheels attached. Fortunately the wheels are push button removal, so I popped one off, got the trailer through the door and popped it right back on. Now this would be a problem if I planned on bringing the trailer in and out of the house, but since it’s going to live outside I’m not concerned about it. Plus we have double doors in the back of the house where I can bring it in if I really want.
Here’s how wide it is assembled.
I was a little worried that it was going to be awkward riding with something that wide behind me, but so far it hasn’t been an issue. Also, you’re supposed to always leave the handlebars in so that it can act like a kick stand if your trailer tries to flip backwards. Seems smart.
The connection to the bike makes for taking it on and off really easy. There’s a little piece you put on your back wheel to connect the arm of the trailer, and then you just hook the trailer arm over the bar and insert the pin to hold it together. Wrap the fabric around it to provide a backup and you’re good to go!
The trailer arm is also easily attached to the trailer. You just tilt the trailer back, stick the arm in the appropriate slot and pin it in. And yes, it’s secure.
It also has the safety feature that most trailers (but not all) have, which protects your child if you go down.
Inside the trailer there is plenty of room for two kids. With it being so wide I don’t foresee any issue of space when we have a second one. For right now there’s enough space that if I don’t need much from the grocery store I could ride there and ride back with the groceries in the trailer with Isaac. If I don’t want to risk the groceries inside the trailer (due to little, sticky fingers) there is an ENORMOUS storage area behind the seats. Like, huge. You could make this a trailer for 3 if you really wanted to (pretty sure it’s not designed to do that however).
We’ll get further into the storage situation later.
As for the actual ride of the trailer, I’ve enjoyed it so far. We’ve gone out probably 5-10 times total so far and I can definitely feel that I’m pulling 50-60 pounds behind me, as I definitely do not go as fast as I used to (the Croozer weighs in at 33.7 pounds), but it’s an overall smooth ride. The weird part is getting used to the slight pull from the connection between the bike and trailer. Since there’s some give in the arm (to accommodate you falling and your kid being fine) it can lead to some pull and push, but nothing big. The wheels are enormous, at 20″, and they provide a smooth enough ride that a kid who won’t fall asleep in a jogging stroller ends up like this.
I think the instruction manual said that you shouldn’t use the trailer at speeds over 15mph, but I hit 24 mph going downhill according to my Garmin and at no point did it feel unsafe. I was a little hesitant at first to take turns at a decent speed but that was just me being new to it all. Now I don’t worry about it unless there’s a car coming the other way and I have to turn sharper than I want.
As a jogging stroller it checks out pretty well. I do have two slight beefs with it. First, they need to make the handle bars longer. I ended up putting the handle bars on upside down so that they would stick out an inch or two further so that I wouldn’t kick the stroller while I was running. It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to do, and I’m not an extraordinarily tall individual (I’m only 6 foot) so I wouldn’t think an extra 2 inches on the handle bars would kill anyone.
The second beef is along the same lines, and it involves the storage compartment. While running I did kick the stroller a few times and there is no reason that I needed to. Take a look:
There is way more than enough storage, they could have easily angled the back a little more and provided ample foot clearance for running. I didn’t kick the stroller THAT much, but definitely a few times more than I do when I go out with just the jogging stroller.
The good points are numerous. With the large front wheel (it’s either 16 or 18″) you can go over pretty much anything and it doesn’t really slow you down. I have only run on concrete so far, but I would imagine that going on a trail would not be a problem (except for the width part). It also turns remarkably easy. While the Croozer might weigh in at 33.7 lbs you can raise up the front wheel and turn the bad boy with two fingers. True story, it feels like it weighs nothing when you do it. It might actually be a little TOO easy to turn, but that’s a problem I’m just fine having.
As I mentioned earlier, the 3rd way it can be used is as a stroller with a little dinky wheel attached, but I haven’t used that yet and I really can’t imagine a time when I will.
Overall I will say that I’m very happy with the Croozer. I went a little out of my price range but am happy I did. It seems well built so I’m not worried about it falling apart or coming apart while I’m using it. If you’re in the market for a 2 passenger bike trailer/jogging stroller combo I would definitely recommend it. I wish it came with a tray for the handle bar like my jogging stroller has, with a space for a water bottle and keys and what not, but there’s PLENTY of storage behind the kids to stash it, you just can’t drink while you’re running.
For the record, I was not asked to write this, was not compensated for writing this or anything else. I just wrote it because it seems like it could be useful for someone in the same boat as me. That being said, if Croozer would like to compensate me for writing this I would be happy to accept.