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I am looking for a lightweight bike trailer that has short sides to hold beach chairs, umbrellas, small cooler, etc. It will not be holding a child or dog! Can you suggest a style or brand?
This is quite a popular use for bike cargo trailers and we can certainly offer some suggestions. As I mentioned previously, generally for beach use, a flatbed style trailer like the Wandertec BONGO or the Burley Flatbed work well. Another direction to consider is the Croozer Cargo.
One factor to consider is whether you plan on riding out onto the beach or if you plan on pulling the trailer by hand onto the sand. If the sand is firm you might be able to ride all the way out. If you are walking the trailer, the Croozer Cargo and the Wandertec BONGO both have hitch arms that can be repositioned for easier pushing by hand.