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Trail-a-bike?(9 posts)

Jun 26, 2002 7:49 AM
My eldest child is pushing 5, and although she's still sometimes glad to sit in the trailer (and actually can ride her own bike, with training wheels, at a brisk walking pace) I've been contemplating one of those trail-a-bike sorts of things.

Does anybody have any experience with any of these? Anything I ought to be especially concerned about?
Jun 26, 2002 8:09 AM
have one. not nearly as stable as a trailer. you gotta really watch the balance. also if the kid gets tired there is no way for them to fall asleep on it. i've been 10 miles out of town and my 5 year old (now 7) decided he couldn't pedal anymore. not a good scene. he really likes pedalling it though and is too big for the trailer these days.
BurleySpoke Wrench
Jun 26, 2002 8:15 AM
I think that the Burley attachment system is much more stable than any of the others I've seen. However, it costs quite a bit more and may not work if your bike lacks rack eyelets. With a 20" wheel, the kid is going to "spin out" and isn't going to be much help peddling at typical road speeds.
do it...Spinchick
Jun 26, 2002 8:50 AM
My now 4 year old has been riding one since she was 3 1/2 (she's tall and has plenty long legs). She adjusted to the balance issues pretty quickly. The longest ride we've done so far is 5 miles but she handled it well.
re: Trail-a-bike?no excuses
Jun 26, 2002 8:56 AM
Adam's Trail-a-bike worked for me and my son for about two years. We did rides of 25 miles pretty regularly by the end.
Also, the resale value is pretty reliable. Better yet, check out your biking friends to see if they are outgrowing theirs.
They are pretty coolSoftrider
Jun 26, 2002 9:19 AM
We use our trail-a-bike quite a bit. We have had it for about 2 years, and my son has a blast on it. We have done a few charity rides on it up to about 30 miles.

There really is not much to be concerned about. I would say just be prepared for a good workout, the kid really doesn't contribute much to the pedaling. Probably about the same as hauling the trailer around.

The only problem that you might have is that you may never get to ride alone again.
re: Trail-a-bike?Scot_Gore
Jun 26, 2002 9:41 AM
I've got one for my 6 year old. She was absolutly DONE with the Burley at about 4 and half. She enjoys the trail-a bike. She pedals most of the time and gets a trill from the speed.

What ColnagoFE said about falling asleep is right on. I've been on two rides with her that we've had to pull off and let here sleep on the side of the trail for 30 minutes to hour. I just chalk it up to part of the activity.

Two things I like about mine that you might look for.

1) The breakaway connector arm. Makes it possible to put the thing in most trunks.

2) My connector unit is integrated with the trail-a-bike so I can easily change the trail-a-bike from bike to bike without tools. Most I've seen have a piece that you attach to your seat post with tools and a mid ride change is not really feasible.

Good Luck

on a mountain biketheBreeze
Jun 26, 2002 12:11 PM
We use ours on our hardtail mtn bikes for nice relaxing rides on the dirt roads around here. I would be nervous on a busy road with a real young one, but a bike trail or MUT would be fine. Don't count on these being "training" rides. Keep it short and fun.
Schwinn FastbackWhoWasThat
Jun 26, 2002 12:22 PM
Used it with my kid from age 5 to 7. Kid loved it. Did rides of up to about 15 miles.

It's very stable, but heavy. Never had any kind of a problem. Folds up to fit in the trunk. Quick release seatpost attachment. Paid $159 new. Some shops mark up to $220 or so.

Have fun!