Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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Phinney and Milocontext, look at the other posts about Piccolo and Addams in this forum. I (and a few others) have indeed compared both and I have experience with both. I wouldn't qualify the hitch of the Addams as "cheap and bad". It uses a universal joint made with one short square section and two bolts, and over time, either the holes widen or the bolts narrow, so the Trail-a-Bike become a bit more wiggly. I used one for a full year and an estimated 1800 km, and of that, I would say that the first 1000 km worked quite well. If you consider that the average user won't ride that much with their child, it's fair to assume the hitch will be OK for them. OTOH, we do long day rides and loaded touring... and I still needed the trailercycle for another 3 years with the first child and 4 years with the second one.
As for pedalling speed, the trailercycle is geared independantly, so the child coasts or pedals if she wants to. In terms of RPMs, I found the Addams single speed had a too high gear, so she was pedalling more slowly than I, especially when going uphill.
As for falling asleep, I think my oldest daughter went close once... at the tender age of four, and near the end of a 90-km day ride, when I was slowly inching my way up a hill.