Recreational & Family - Two Children, me and my bike....
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09-03-04, 03:48 AM
I already have a trailer attached to my bike for my two daughters of 5 and just about 3 years. I absolutely love pulling them along and they love it too. However I would like my five year old (who is not a confident child) to get involved with the cycling (before she gets too lazy) and so have been considering a 'tag along'.
I use the bike/trailer on a daily basis as I take the girls to school and back - which isn't a very long journey. My initial thoughts were ...a tag along for my 5 yr old and a child seat for my three year old. This is where the problem is. I have been told that I am unable to attach a child seat to the rear of a bike when using a tag along.
My three year old is very petite and I would not consider at this stage a tandem tag along. So then there's the option of a front fitting child seat. But how does one cope with a child in front of them when cycling? Or have I been mis-informed and is there a way of attaching a tag along and a rear babyseat?
I would love to have some advice.
09-03-04, 08:14 AM
Greetings, all of the tag alongs that I've seen connect to the seat post and need ample area above and behind your rear wheel when you turn so they can pivot and follow through. Obviously this negates putting a child seat there. I'm not a fan of child seats in the first place and certainly not one for them in the front. The child's movements up front could spell disaster at the wrong time and has to impair your immediate view of the road as well. At a fun bike ride last year I saw somebody who had a burley buggy and behind that was a tag along. I think they did some custom welding to get that to work but it looked interesting. I'm not sure where you ride but your trailer would start to get pretty long and offer all sorts of new problems.
Here is my .02 Plan a route that your 5 yo can ride on her own bike with you and the 3 yo in the buggy. That route should be enough for the 5yo to get tired but not exhausted lol. When you finish that route (at your home) then leave the 5yo's bike at home put her in the buggy and finish your route with the extra weight.
Ok and if you have gobs of cash lol here another Idea.
Buy a new bike,, not just any bike but a tandem. Your 5yo could ride the back portion and you up front. Then you could still attach the buggy to the back. I'm assuming that you're petite to and that a small frame tandem would work size wise for you and your 5yo. Oh well it's just a thought lol.
09-04-04, 10:04 AM
Hi Dark Arrow,
Thank you for your advice. I have taken seriously your comments on the child seat, having never used one I was a slightly unsure anyhow.
The tandem would be a lovely idea..if I had lots of dosh :D . I also smile at the thought of the length of a tandem plus the trailer, however i'm certainly going to look into it.
My 5 yr old is some time away from riding her own bike alongside me - I guess some kids just don't take to sports that easily. This was my reasoning for the tag-along - I thought that at least it would look like she was riding a bike and also improve her confidence.
Thanks for your reply
09-09-04, 05:45 AM
Why not attach a tagalong for the 5 year old, and then the trailer for the 3 year old? I have friends who did that with their tandem so that their son could ride with them until he got tired of riding and then nap in the trailer.
I'm also not a fan of child seats on the bike, and the front mounted ones are deathtraps in my never-to-be-humble opinion. Who needs a child between you and your steering mechanism?
That said, the tagalong is a great way to increase your child's confidence until she is ready to ride her own bike. It's also easier on you, as you won't have to worry about riding sloooooooowly so she can keep up ;)
09-14-04, 12:21 PM
I have a Trailabike, which I attach to my bike (I think this is the same as what you mean by a tag along), and then I attach a bike trailer (in my case, Burley) to the Trailabike. It works quite well, if you're a fairly comfortable and strong rider. If you've been towing two kids, I'm sure you are. The biggest challenge in this set up is that it makes a loooong load, and takes a little time to get into motion. I have to allow a little longer for myself to gain momentum to cross a road or intersection, and a little more time/space for getting the whole rig through to the other side. Oddly enough, I've found that the trailer helps to stabilize the Trailabike against the wiggles and wobbles of the kid on it.
My kids get a kick out of it--we call it the bike train. Actually, my daughter's now 9 and long since on her own bike, so I pull the six year old, and use the trailer for towing his friends, his bike to the park, our picnic, skateboards or basketballs, or whatever else doesn't fit in my saddlebags.
09-16-04, 07:54 PM
My 3 now 4 year old is plenty small for our tandem trail-a-bike, the cranks are way to long, but she is happy.
We put toe clips on and strap the kids in... It works great!
My brother drilled and tapped new holes in the stoker crank arms to make his kid fit.
I tried to take off the pedals and mount pegs so she could ride along... but she wanted to pedal!!!!
I have seen a kid seat mounted on a trail-a-bike
I have seen like 4 and 5 trailers in a row hooked to one bike so it can be done
this guy was actully making deleiverys with this setup
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