Schwinn Echo 2-In-1 Canopy Bike Trailer

Last updated date: April 22, 2021

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8.8

Schwinn Echo 2-In-1 Canopy Bike Trailer

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We looked at the top Trailer Cycles and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Trailer Cycle you should buy.

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Overall Take

You and your kids are sure to love this roomy trailer cycle. It can fit up to two small riders, plus an additional 12 pounds of gear in the back. The seats have five-point padded shoulder harnesses, and the trailer features a rear ventilation window and weather shield options. To store it, simply remove the wheels and collapse the frame.


In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the Schwinn Schwinn Echo 2-In-1 Canopy Bike Trailer placed 1st when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Tow behind style bike trailer, universal bike coupler will fit most bicycle rear wheels, 5-point rider harnesses with shoulder patches, safety flag for extra visibility. Two-in-one canopy, bug screen and weather shield options, rear ventilation window, two riders and room for 12 pounds of additional gear in rear area. 20 inch alloy spoked wheels with air filled/pneumatic tires for performance and style, large side windows. Fits in the back of cars or closet. The frame collapses and the wheels remove. Comes with a coupler that will attach to most rear bike wheels. Assembled 51.8" x 32.5" x 31.9"', fits two riders up to 40 pounds each. Features a small storage space behind the seat for water bottle or some cargo.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.6
1,623 user reviews

What experts liked

This trailer is rugged yet lightweight and maneuverable. It's tool free assembly and easy for kids to get in.
- BestReviews
There is a lot of space in this trailer and offers extra cargo space. It has a collapsible frame and top notch safety.
- Mom Loves Best
It's inexpensive, easy to tow and has good ventilation.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
This trailer comes with a ton of great safety features and its very affordable. It is easy to assemble and stores well.
- The Bikes

What experts didn't like

The front wheel is wobbly in stroller mode and the trailer has questionable ventilation.
- BestReviews
It is heavier than the single trailer, takes up more space on sidewalks and slightly more expensive than single trailers.
- Mom Loves Best
It has small passenger space, saggy fabric and its not weather resistant. It is also difficult to use.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The tires easily deflate given how thin the base of the tires are. Because they are so thin, you will need to carry a pump with in case of a flat.
- The Bikes

An Overview On Trailer Cycles

Bike trailers attach to the frame or rear axle of a bike, and they sit low to the ground. The children you’re pulling sit down in the enclosed trailer and are strapped in with harnesses. Some of the carriers in this category have enclosed zippered covers or canopies.

Most trailers have large wheels and often have tall, orange safety flags sticking up for added visibility. These trailers can sit one or two kids between ages 1 and 6. There will be a weight limit shown, and this should not be exceeded for safety’s sake. Many bike trailers provide additional storage in the back so you can toss in some bottles, diapers or groceries, but don’t put in more than you can pull.

Trailer cycles are different. They are one-wheel extensions that connect to a rack on the back or the seat post. While they also have safety harnesses, they are not suited for kids under the age of 6. Some have pedals and/or handlebars, but pedaling is not needed to move the bicycle. There may also be footrests, as well.

Before buying a bike trailer or trailer cycle, see if you can try some out first. You need to be in good shape to pedal a bike while pulling that additional weight. Today’s models are better made and more lightweight than in the past, but you will still need to make sure that you can handle it before embarking on a long ride. If you can, it is a wonderful way to get some exercise with your family.

Many models also convert to strollers or joggers, which is a great feature to have. See how easily it does that before making a purchase; in many cases, the switch is not overly complicated. Also look for models that fold up easily. Safety features to look for include a five-point harness system, parking brake, hand and foot brakes, seatbelt padding and UV protection.

Wheel size is also important. Most of these trailers have 16- or 20-inch wheels. The larger size means more ground clearance, making it easier to cover different terrains. They also act as better shock absorbers and provide a smoother ride. The smaller wheels generally have plastic rims that are not as durable, so they might not last as long.

The Trailer Cycle Buying Guide

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents and caregivers not to place children under the age of one in bike-towed trailers.
  • Double trailers that accommodate two children are heavier to pull, but they are perfect for families with twins.
  • Bike trailers do not need their own brakes. If you use the trailer as a stroller or jogger, though, it must have a working brake system. Foot brakes are used in the stroller mode, while hand brakes are best for walking or running.
  • Both children and their parents or caregivers must wear helmets when biking, even when the child is enclosed in a trailer.
  • Large bike trailers should not be used on streets with cars. They take up a lot of room, and they present a hazard to drivers (as well as those riding inside). Use trailer cycles in your neighborhood and save the bike trailer for campgrounds, parks and other safer areas.
  • Always have a safety flag attached to the back of your trailer and follow the rules of the road.