Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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There is something a bit different, the Trail Gator
It is a very popular product around here, however I find it rather expensive: something like 90 $ vs
200 - 250 $ for a full Trail-a-Bike. It is good in that the child can use their bike on their own, but that's the only advantage of the system. Now for the short list of drawbacks:
– Moderately to very wobbly. A weak point is the attachment of the bracket to the head tube of the child bike. It works better on some bikes than on others, and I have often seen kids riding tilted 20-30 degrees off axis. When the kid swings from one side to the other, the tractor bike swerves a great deal. To me, that was the single most important drawback of this method.
– Bike handling is limited by the quality of the little bike. My children practiced on relatively cheap bikes with 14 and 16 inch wheels. They were ok for rides that were 4-5 km long, but I don't think the child or the bike would have survived 80 or 100 km day rides. No problem with the "real" trailercycle.
– When you raise the front wheel of the child's bike, you should tilt the saddle down accordingly, otherwise the child will get a sore rear end very quickly.