451 of 468 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
I am currently training for a triathlon, but I have a 4 yr old and 2 yr old. My husband is also in the Marine Corps, so he is gone alot for training. Since he is gone for months at a time I chose to get this stroller so I can run and bike with the kids. While hunting around for reviews I could not find very many about how it did as a jogging stroller, so I felt it important to make review for how it is to run with it. I also included a video so you can see first hand how kids fit in it, and the features. My kids are tall for their age, and they slouched down into the seat yet said they were very comfortable. In fact they were so comfortable that after a 2+ mile run they wanted me to keep going!
So here is my full review for this stroller/trailer:
Putting it together with kids "trying" to help was very easy.
It DOES NOT fit through normal door ways so be warned about this! If you don't have the kids in it though you can turn it on it's side and it easily fits, yeah I had to do that haha
Very comfortable, pockets on the sides for the kids things also nice amount for leg room.
Someone said it tips when the kids are in it, no it does not. I even tried to tip it to see if they were right, it DOES NOT tip over!
When you get it it will need air in the tires, like someone else said in a review. They have some air, just enough. In fact we walked with it to the as station to get air, and once it had air it was an extremely smooth ride.
My kids together weigh almost 70 lbs, and I had no trouble pushing them while running.
The handle bar is adjustable, very easy to adjust or even take off for bike rides.
I highly recommend this stroller/trailer for anyone wanting to use it for walks, runs, rides, trips, etc. My kids love it so much I can't keep them out of it!
197 of 213 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2010
InStep Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer
After a long search i settled on the Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer from InStep. Packaging was good. Assembly took me around 20 minutes as most of the trailer is pre assembled. No assembly tool required. We just need to lift up the side rails, slide in the tires, bring the tow forward. Installing the connector on the bike took another 10 minutes. I have Shwinn S25.The only thing missing on my trailer was the desired psi of the tires as they come deflated. As per the manual there should be psi ratings on the tires side. I guess the sticker was missing on the ones that i got. Anyways, i just went online and looked at the various instep manuals. Desired air pressure on the tires is 20-25psi and 25psi is recommended for a smooth ride. After i assembled i took it for a ride with my son (he is 27 months old). Pulling this trailer is easy and smooth. Since its double trailer, it has three seat belt options. If you are riding with one kid, you have to use the one in the center. If you have two kids in the trailer, you can use the two side seat-belts which really helps to balance the trailer.
It comes with a handle bar and front tire attachment to use it as a jogging stroller. Its a good option, especially with the brake system but i don't need it at present.
I will rate this trailer 5 stars because of strong build and quality.
62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
My husband and I did a lot of shopping around, and have to say this was a steal compared to others available at $80. It comes with the stroller conversion kit included (most don't) which was a huge bonus for us. I do a lot of walking with my son (we have 1 car, which my husband uses to commute) and I wanted the utility and storage room.
It took me about 15mins to assemble - I'm by no means a mechanical genius, just have common sense. It fits through our front door with just a tiny bit of space to spare.
There are a few cons that I feel are noteworthy, but for the price difference they are only minor:
(1) The entire top is held on with (6) snap-buttons & finished closing with velcro, meaning any time I want to put my kid or any items in with him, I need to undo at least 2 buttons and the velcro. This is moderately inconvenient on its' own, but if he were ever to fall sleep in it he'd be startled awake. A zipper might have been a better idea.
(2) The stroller bar is held on with clamps that crank down to the back of the frame, but it has to be done over the canvas top (if you try to go under, you can't reach to clip the snap buttons, but if you do it over as needed, it's obnoxiously difficult to put things in the storage behind the seats). I will most likely just put things in the front with him.
(3) I thought it would come with some kind of brake lock built into the rear tires, but it does not. It has a strap with a clip on either side that you can put through the tire rim when you're done walking.
(4) This doesn't collapse down anywhere near as neatly as it looks in the pictures. The snaps & parts come off easily enough, it just won't fold neatly. I'm just leaving it fully assembled on our patio for the time being.
We used it hooked to the bike which was no problem (my husband's bike is a Haro X1 Extreme; for those of you who had issues with connecting to a mountain bike, we didn't). He said he hardly felt the weight except for uphill portions, but the rear suspension after taking a speedbump was a little disconcerting. He really liked that if he needed to edge off the trail into dirt or grass the trailer handled it nicely.
For reference, my child is 2.5yrs old, 36" tall, and 27lbs, and he fit very comfortably in the center seat. I'm sure we'll be using this for some time to come!
156 of 181 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
We got this stroller for our 4 year old and his little sister. The first night we got it, I assembled it with ease. The instructions were very easy to follow and the whole assembly seemed very sturdy. My 4 year old son was ecstatic! He wanted to go out for a bike ride immediately even though it was already dark outside. From 7am the next morning until he got back from school at 10:30 am, it was non stop "when are we going to ride the bike?!" That afternoon, I hooked up the trailer and put the kids in it and off we went. I was amazed that with the combined weight of the kiddos and the trailer itself I was able to pedal around easily! Both kids thought it was so much fun. Apparently, being encased in plastic and vinyl and towed behind a bicycle is the epitome of cute because every time we passed by anyone on the street or in their yard it was "Aww[...]" or "so cute..." or "how sweet...!"
Later in the month, though, we needed to use it as a stroller. I unhitched the trailer from my bike and attached the included front wheel. We loaded the kids up and were off. When we put the slightest bit of weight on the front wheel, however; the PLASTIC bracket twisted and cracked! I had to spend the rest of the time balancing the thing on the back two wheels. I would return it, but I'd just get another one with another PLASTIC bracket! My father in law has an arc welder and I'm taking it to him to get a METAL bracket installed.
If you use this product for a bike trailer, it's great! But beware; if you use the stroller option, either get a metal bracket for it or DO NOT put ANY weight on the front wheel!
159 of 185 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
Do not make the mistake I did and purchase this without first checking to make sure that it will fit your bike. Duh! I have a Trek mountain bike and was all set for my first ride when I discovered that it would not hitch to the back. I called the company and they explained that it will not likely work with most mountain bikes (he gave a very good technical reason and it made sense at the time). If you are an avid bike rider you may already know this. I am not. Returning the trailer would have meant that I would have had to take it apart, box it back up, pay for the shipping and then an additional 15% restocking fee. I ended up keeping the trailer and purchasing an inexpensive schwinn cruiser instead. We have been using the trailer regularly for about 2 months now. I wanted to make sure that I used it for a while before commenting.
* Very easy to assemble, directions were very clear
* Materials appear to be good quality, durable
* Easy to attach to the bike (assuming of course you have the right kind of bike ;-)
* Handles well. I am riding mostly on paved surfaces in our neighborhood and on paved trails in our community. I haven't ridden on any unpaved surfaces however it seems like it would still be a smooth ride
* I like the back storage. Just enough room to put a cooler, drinks, etc.
* I like the options of being able to have the screens up or down
* Since it is a double bike trailer it is nice to have the additional option of having two children along for the ride
* I have not yet used the stroller feature however this seems like an added bonus
* Only one but it's a big one. As other reviewers have commented, the bottom does sag when two children are in it, and yes I did try and adjust the strap on the bottom. That didn't seem to help too much. Granted, I am carrying a 1 year old and a 3 year old (not two babies) but it seems like a better design would be to have something more firm for the kids to sit on in order to keep them seated in a more upright position. I am not worried so much about them hitting the ground with their bottoms but the the sag causes the two of them to kind of slump into each other which based on the occasional groaning I hear from the rear, it does seem to be annoying to them both. My 1 year old much prefers to be by himself when we go for a ride and does give me "a look" when his brother starts to climb in next to him. This is a non-issue when only one child is seated in the trailer (even the heavier 3 year old). I am not sure if this is the case with ALL double bike trailers or if this is one of those instances where "you get what you pay for."
In retrospect, if I knew then what I know now, this is what I would have done differently. ATTENTION NEW PARENTS AND PARENTS TO BE!! If you plan on having more than one child, rather then spending a gazillion dollars on all the different equipment out there, bike trailers, double strollers, jogging strollers, etc. I would spend the money on one REALLY good bike trailer that also converts to a double jogging stroller. Seems like you'd be killing two birds with one stone and I really do think you'd be saving money in the end. This is not the trailer I would recommend doing that with, however for my purposes, this was fine.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2011
My kids love going on bike rides, and now they love riding along in this thing. I have 2 boys, 5 years and 2 years. They absolute love jumping into this when I get on my bike.
This is very easy to put together, instructions included and its only a couple pieces. Attaches very easily to any type of bike, and off you go. With both kids in the trailer, it is still very easy to pull. The oversized rear wheels glide very smoothly. Depending on what you want, you can close the front with mesh or a clear plastic type covering. This trailer is very well put together, and for similar models, these things run about $100 more in the stores. A great buy.
Another thing this bike trailer does is that it can be turned into a stroller. Very mobile and easy to push, this thing glides with the oversized wheels. Also, great for jogging with the big handlebar. A great 2 in 1 buy for kids, and my 5 year old will probably outgrow it in a year or 2.
I would recommend this item if you have kids and you like to bike. "It's so fun!" says my 5 year old.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
The way this trailer attaches to the back wheel of a bicycle, it uses a large coupler that goes over the rear wheel axle. If your bicycle has fenders, it's possible that the fender attaches to that same area of the bike frame. In my case (a new Schwinn Discover Women's Hybrid), if the fender is attached, the trailer coupler cannot slide onto the wheel axle. If I put the coupler on first, then the bolt for my fender cannot reach its intended hole in the bike frame. I called InStep and they told me my only option is to remove the rear fender on my bicycle. This means that any dirt spit up by my bike will go directly onto the trailer and possibly my child's face. As far as I can tell, my options are: remove the fender, or have my husband drill a notch into the trailer coupler (which will therefore allow my fender bolt to reach the frame), or return this trailer and purchase some other contraption for toting my child with me. I imagine altering the coupler would likely render all kinds of warranties null and void, so that doesn't seem like such a great option either.
I will try to upload pictures to demonstrate my issue. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this issue in any of the 190+ reviews thus far.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
I rarely give 5 stars on my product feedbacks. This bicycle trailer absolutely deserves all 5 in my opinion. It is just the right size for 2 kids 2 to 4 years old. It assembles in minutes. Attaching it to my bicycle which is a mountain bike with removable wheels took all of 5 minutes after reading the instructions (some reviews mentioned that this could not be attached to a mountain bike, which was not a problem at all with mine). My kid loves traveling in it and towing it behind the bicycle is absolutely effortless, hardly makes a difference if it was attached or not. You can leave the hitch attachment on the bike after disconnecting the trailer as it does not interfere with the normal functioning of the bike. Attaching the trailer after the first use with the hitch still on the bike takes a few seconds. You can also easily fold this trailer to go back into it's original box if storage space is an issue. All in all a great buy in my opinion.
78 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
This market seems to be divided into the super-expensive "luxury" trailers and the cheaper ones. This one is 1/4 of the price of some of the luxury models (one of which I also have). It is just as good - light, tows well, child likes sitting in it, good safety, folds easily. Maybe the front cover doesn't work as well but that seems to be a minor issue.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
I have replaced the tubes in one wheel on this unit twice. Both have star-shaped blow-outs within the "spoke" molding area of the wheel. I could not feel any sharp areas to explain the failures. Overall, the wheel design is poor at best, as there is a considerable wobble and the tire does not fit well.The first (and only) trip with this carrier was on paved trails and approximated 10 miles. The second tube was blown without any usage at all. Very disappointing and a potential safety hazard.
Since I cannot return this item, I will be investigating alternative wheel solutions.