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Bike Trailer Difficult To Pull? Here Is My Secret!

Updated on January 18, 2014

Is Towing Your Bike Trailer Too Difficult? Add An Electric Bike Motor For An Easier Ride!!

Installing an electric bike motor on your bicycle will make pulling your kids or pets along in a bike trailer so much easier! Bringing your children or pets for a bicycle ride, or to use your bike for shopping instead of taking your car, is a great thing, no doubt about it. But, let's face it, pedaling a bike trailer behind you with a hundred pounds or more is not a lot of fun, especially if you have hills and inclines to fight. Here's the solution: Install an electric motor on your bike. Anyone can do it in minutes; I know because I did, and I am older than the hills! It's a great feeling to be able to get out and ride around again, instead of having your bike or trailer gather dust!

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There are two ways you can go about it: If you already have a bike you are happy with, then get an electric bicycle conversion kit from Clean Republic. It's really easy to install, anyone can do it. I included a video here to show you exactly how easy it is. I have also included a video of an actual customer pulling a trailer up a hill after installing the kit.

If you are starting out fresh, and want to bike with your family, bringing the kids or dog along, then you can either get a standard bike you like (even used is okay!) and then buy a conversion kit and a trailer, or buy a ready made electric bike and trailer separately.

Being able to get to where you want to go without a lot of strain and discomfort, so you can really enjoy doing it often, while getting plenty of exercise is the goal, right?

Affordable Bike Trailers for Kids, Dogs, Commuting and Shopping - Or, how about a picnic?

These bike trailers turn ordinary peddling experiences into family events. You can take your kids or dogs along for the ride, or even tote along a cargo trailer for shopping, commuting to work, to a picnic; tote your gear for a game at the park, or even for going camping.

It's healthy, fun and economical.

Pacific Cycle InStep Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer,Orange/Gray
Pacific Cycle InStep Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer,Orange/Gray

Weighs 33 lbs, and holds 2 children up to 80lbs. Includes seat belts and handle bar. Can convert to a stroller. Smooth riding tires.

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DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer, Spring Green/Grey
DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer, Spring Green/Grey

This trailer only weights 20lbs, and with one motion will collapse for storage. Has a rain shield, and pouches for water, etc. The front mesh panel zips open or closed. Comes with a safety flag and interior leash set. Your doggie can ride with his head out in the open or enclosed from the elements with the mesh panels open for a breeze. For dogs 55lbs or less. Comes in green shown or red. SHIPS FREE!

 
Pacific Cycle InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer,Light Blue/Gray
Pacific Cycle InStep Take 2 Double Bicycle Trailer,Light Blue/Gray

This economical trailer will hold 2 children, up to 80lbs total. 16" tires, weighs 27lbs.. Completely folds up for storage. The canopy includes a bug screen and weather protection shield.

 
Aosom Elite II Bike Cargo / Luggage Trailer - Red / Black
Aosom Elite II Bike Cargo / Luggage Trailer - Red / Black

This very affordable and versatile trailer is perfect for bringing along camping gear, picnic supplies, groceries, or even if you want to make a little money delivering! Only weighs 35 lbs, but holds 180 lbs. This is one of the best trailers at this price! Easily attaches to your bike, and folds up for storing.

 

Do those inclines along the road seem like mountains after a while?

When I was a kid, I used to ride my Sears bought bike like the wind! I would pedal as fast and hard as I could, standing up out of the seat, until I could cruise down the middle of the road and take my hands off the handle bar, feeling the wind fly between my fingers. Those were the day's!

Now, I can hardly get up the little inclines in the road without wheezing. Sheesh. And, because of that, my old bike just stayed in the shed because it hurt too much to use it. I almost sold it at our yearly yard sales several times...and now I am so glad I didn't. I found out about electric bicycles and after looking at everything online, I found the Hill Topper kit. I whipped that kit on, and now I can use it to ride to the local stores, and around my hilly rural area to get my exercise, which I never would have dreamed of before.

What I love to see though, are the family's who ride with their kids, and those folks who take their pets with them, riding along behind in those cute trailers. I wondered how they do that, and after hearing so many complaints about the difficulty of going very far pulling a hundred pounds or more behind them, I knew an electric bike or bike with an electric motor on it like mine would be the solution.

It makes it so much easier, and I think more people, who are not as fit, or able to pull that weight, could enjoy doing these bike rides as well. With a trailer on each bike, you can go just about anywhere, even camping, fishing, to the park..it's endless. You can pack the kids, pets and what you need to enjoy a day out in the fresh air. With a cargo trailer, you could even spend the night at a nearby camping area.

Think of what you could do with an electric powered bike and trailer!

Learn more about converting your bike to electric here at Clean Republic and get a discount from me when you buy a kit!

The Hill Topper Electric Bike Conversion Kit Videos - Installation and Customer Videos Pulling Trailers

Here are 3 short videos that show you how quick and simple the kit is to install on your bike, as well as a few customer videos showing them hauling a Kid trailer and a Cargo trailer behind their bikes that have the Hill Topper installed.

It really is this easy to install the Hill Topper Kit. You simply replace the new wheel that has the motor on it, secure the battery where you want it, and the on/off switch on the handle bar, and that's it!

Here is a mother pulling along her child in a trailer attached to her bike with a Hill Topper Conversion kit installed.

This is a video demonstration of a real customer pulling a cargo trailer behing his bike that has a Hill Topper kit installed.

If You Could Ride An Electric Bike With A Trailer, Who Would You Bring Along?

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If You Could Ride An Electric Bike With A Trailer, Who Would You Bring Along?

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Need a Bike?

If you don't have a bike, and don't want to use a kit, there are some pretty good electric bikes made. I think the Curry Technology eBikes are still proving to be a very good buy, and they have several models for men and women, both for use everyday and for recreational fun.

The average speed and distance per battery charge is roughly the same as you will get from adding a standard conversion kit to your existing bike. Depending on how much you pedal vs use the motor, it will vary of course, but most are all rated at 15 mph and 10-15 miles distance per charge. We usually get almost 20 miles.

Since you will only use the motor when you need it, the distance is not actual mileage covered, of course, but miles while the motor is engaged. Both the kit and the eBikes have a gauge that shows battery status so you know when you are getting near needing a recharge.

Both the kits and the eBikes come with a battery charger that you plug into your standard outlet, and you should leave it charging overnight for a complete charge. (Topping off, or partial charges hurt the longevity of batteries).

Here are a few popular Curry eBikes that people have been happy with, but you can browse all of the ones available through Amazon by clicking on anyone of them:

electric bike
electric bike

Save Money-Use Less Gas

I added up how much money I save using my electric bike to go to the store, and library several times a week. Just for 3 trips a week, I save over $30 dollars a month, which I can use for other things I need or want.

How much could you save?

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What would you do with an electric powered bike and trailer?

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @cdhops: Thanks!

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      cdhops 4 years ago

      Awesome. I am always around a lot of special needs kids and some of them could really benefit from this. It would truly bring joy into their lives. Thanx

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is awesome. I had no idea this even existed. Thank you. I can see this being so cool for a lot of special needs kids that just don't have endurance for long but so want to ride, as well as adults, like me!. :)

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I wasn't aware that you could get a kit to add on to your bike. That sounds like my kind of biking..electric power. ha ha ha Those trailers would be nice for hauling a pet or a picnic to the park. Thanks for filling me in.

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @SusanDeppner: The trailers fold flat, and I think I have a picture of that I should add, and I think I should recommend a good bike rack for folks who also would need to haul them to where they want to ride. Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think we'd have to haul the bike and trailer to a park to ride (our roads here are narrow and curvy) but what a great idea! I love that you're able to save on gas by riding your bike to the library and store. If I lived where I could safely do that, I'd love to!

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