Nov 5, 2018 by Evan Bailey
We purchased the InStep Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer almost 4 years ago. For a variety of reasons it has not had a ton of use during that time, but when it has been used it performed great!
This was technically our 2nd... well 3rd InStep trailer. After we had our first son we purchased the single kid version and still have that one to this day. After 8 years that trailer still works great as well and only just recently had a button snap that holds the canopy thing over the top.
That is mostly our fault because the snap buttons were getting harder to use and due to our humid environment and my procrastination it got really stiff and then tore off. I should have put some grease in there to loosen the connection but oh well.
Ok, getting back to the double kid trailer. We actually originally purchased a cheaper Instep double kid trailer from Walmart thinking the quality would be just like the single kid one. The weather in Houston happened to be perfect and we really wanted to go on a ride but had an extra kid now! Well we bought it and oh man… It was a piece of junk!
Everything on it looked so much cheaper than our our Instep trailer and it rode terribly. The wheels didn’t even have bearings and were just kind of rolling around on a metal rod shaft thing. I remember the material felt cheap, it was very heavy, and it rolled like crap. We hated it enough to put it back in the box and take it back to Walmart for a refund. Luckily they took it back and we learned our lesson…. Don’t go that cheap!
Even though it left a bad taste in our mouth towards the InStep brand we decided to do more research on the various models and get one that was more expensive AND hopefully better quality. Granted when we were looking there were a lot of other bike trailer brands out there that looked and were probably much better but I wasn’t ready to spend $300-400 on a trailer that may or may not get used that much so Instep it was. I’m glad we went this route.
We found this Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer on Amazon for around $120 back then which was about $60 more than the crummy Walmart one we had bought. Once we got this one, I immediately noticed it had better materials and quality like our original Instep trailer. We took it out on a ride and it rode so much better than the first one! I was still getting a pretty good workout because our 2 boys in the trailer aren’t exactly light :-)
The Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer also comes with a front wheel and rear handle attachment so you could convert it to a walking or running stroller if you so desired. Pretty cool but apparently we never wanted to or needed to since it was never installed or used. Maybe we forgot about it or maybe we just prefer to hook it up to our bikes and get riding.
One of the things I like about the InStep trailers is that they are very easy to set up and take down. We’ve been able to fold 2 of our trailers up and stick them in our smaller crossover pretty easily and still have room for kid bikes and all the junk that comes with it. I’m sure other more expensive models do the same, but I doubt they can do it for this price.
How does it handle off road?! Well, I’m glad you asked. Yes, I have done some minor off roading with the trailers by taking them on some easy trails near the house and the kids had a blast! Without suspension in the back it did get a bit bumpy so make sure their helmets are on. I’m sure it voids any warranty and I do not recommend it unless you really want to be adventurous. Maybe InStep will create a suspension model for those parents that just wish to go off road with the little kiddos?! I seriously doubt it!
Hmm. Not many that I can think of. The name doesn’t seem to work so well. Couldn’t they have come up with a shorter/cooler name than the “Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer”? Why not call it the “dos nino 3000” or “2 kid chariot” or something like that?
I will say that having upgraded my mountain bike to one with a thru-axle rear hub, I can no longer attach the coupler to my bike that is necessary to pull the trailer. It needs a QR skewer to work and I have looked but have not yet found a solution for the mountain bikes with a thru axle design. For that reason I have to use my older and heavier bike to haul the kids around which does give me a much better workout but annoys me that I cannot use it on my new bike! Maybe somebody has figured out a good safe solution, but for now the old bikes are doing the towing.
Now that my boys are all pretty much bike riders and with no plans to add to the Bailey clan anytime soon, we have decided to part with the “Quick N EZ Double Bicycle Trailer” and let someone else get some more use out of it. Lately it does not get much use and when we do need it, we go for the smaller lighter 1 man Instep trailer.
That being said, we’ve had nothing but fun memories and good experiences with these trailers and look forward to many more!