Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I have done it often for about 2 years and 3000-4000 km. However, the trailercycle was a Burley Piccolo rather than an Addams Trail-a-Bike. The Piccolo hangs on the rear rack and is more stable than a standard Trail-a-Bike, but I have done it once or twice with an Addams Trail-a-Bike and a child trailer. Now that the children have grown up a bit, out typical rig is a tandem + Piccolo trailercycle. I have towed the child trailer behind all that a couple of times for cargo.
Any issues ?
The two-wheel trailer at the back seems to stabilise the whole thing.
Highway and street curves and intersections are NOT a problem. You just need to stay away from the curb. After all, the bicycle + trailercycle + child trailer still needs a smaller turning radius than a car.
Make sure you have plenty of low gears. Hills are tough, and I remember cycling in Oka with a headwind and hearing my little one say "Faster, Dad, You can do it!"
I avoided any kind of daredevil riding, but had no problems braking with v-brakes and Kool Stop pads. I even had to do a few emergency swerves and brakings – more often because of unruly cyclists rather than unruly car drivers – and had no problems doing so.
I have full fenders and mudflaps to my bicycle and to the trailercycle. Mudflaps keep the person behind clean, even in Winter.
Below the standard reflective stuff, I added a full row of amber and another full row of red SEA reflectors, plus taillights on all vehicles.
There definitely is a learning curve, but it's not a steep one. I would suggest that you ride the contraption a few times by itself.