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Old 06-04-10, 08:28 AM
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Need advice - trailer or trail-a-bike?

I've read many posts on here praising the trail-a-bike but wanted some additional feedback. I have two daughters (2 and 4). We've been using the ibert seats for both of them but my 4 yr old is now too big for it. I initially planned to get a trailer so they could ride together and I could take them for rides by myself when my wife is busy with other things. Will my 4-yr old outgrow the trailer too quickly? She rides her 12" bike on the sidewalk through the neighborhood but I want to go to greenways for longer rides and there are too many hills for her there.

With the trail-a-bike, I obviously cannot take both at the same time but bigger concern is her having to pay attention to hang on the entire time. With the ibert she can look around at things without having to hold on and balance.

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Old 06-04-10, 09:02 AM
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We've been using a trail-a-long with my daughter, she is 6, for about a year, the only issue we've had is that she like to lean from side to side. When this happens we verbally correct her. We would have used it sooner, but she did not want anything to do with it until last year.
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Old 06-04-10, 09:35 AM
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We put our daughter on a trail-a-bike at age 4. It worked pretty well. I took her and my wife pulled our 1 year old in a trailer. The 4 year old did lean to the side occasionally and sometimes the weight shift would be pretty unsettling, but only once did it come anywhere near causing a crash and that was just a case of bad timing. By the time she was 5 she was taking long rides and doing well. We took both kids on a hilly 42 mile charity ride and the trail-a-bike allowed our daughter to feel like she was really helping. By putting one on a trail-a-bike and the other in a trailer we were able to get a single trailer which is narrower and easier than a double. We have never had any issue with her forgetting to hang on. In fact she has been quite good about it.
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Old 06-06-10, 06:32 PM
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We put ours on trail a bikes around 3. My kids are very small and at around 3.5 they start being unhappy in the trailer. They tell me it is because it is too small, but honestly that isn't the problem, they are just really bored. I really want an Adam's compact trail a bike, but haven't been able to afford it. So for starting out mine use pedal blocks on the standard Adam's, which can be done, but isn't ideal. For the first year they don't really pedal at all, mine can't due to height, but the really enjoy being on their own "bike" and will beg for bike rides.

My middle child is just starting the trail a bike this year and will easily ride for 18 -20 miles with lunch break in the middle. In a trailer we are doing good to get 5 miles before he is in tears. I think their is just so much more to see on the trail a bike. Of course I do recommend a good helmet, sunglasses, and a water bottle where they can reach it.

If I were you, I would move the two year old to a rear mount bike seat and move the 4 year old to an Adam's compact. By the time the 2 year old is ready for a trail a bike, the 4 year old will be ready for the next size up trail a bike and you can just pass down the folder.
https://www.trail-a-bike.com/products...older-compact/

It does take a little training to get them not to lurch side to side on the trail a bike, but can be fixed very quickly. We once stopped a bike ride because of a lurching child and we have never had to do that again. I think the lesson was learned, no acrobatic tricks on the trail a bike!
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Old 06-11-10, 06:39 AM
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I moved our oldest to the trail a bike style after he turned 4, we found they both are m uch happier on the trail a bike or bike seat rather than in a trailer. I sold the trailer on craigslist a couple months later. They just didn't like being so confined in the trailer.
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Old 06-11-10, 07:24 PM
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We have a 2 seat Chariot trailer. We went with the Chariot trailers as it is much bigger (wider and more leg room) than the others, but it also has a hefty price tag ~$650. My girl now 4.5 years is about 44lbs and 42 in tall and still rides without a fuss. That is if you can stand the constant singing and questions. The wife takes her in the trailer and the boy on his bike through the neighborhood all the time. On the long rides, it also helps that we typically park next to a playground that is the finishing reward. We sometimes take a neighbor's girl that is about the same age, but not as big. Last year they fit well, now the fit is very tight. The bigger change this year is the weight is very noticeable and almost too much to pull up a hill.

We are very happy with the trailer and will probably keep it through the summer. I am guessing that next year the girl will have to ride on her own.

One thing to note, my girl does not have the focus to ride a trailer bike. I am sure she would fall off it. I think that a trailer bike would be better for a more focused kid.

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Old 06-15-10, 06:05 AM
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Bicycle -> Trailabike -> Burley. Seen it done before.
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Old 06-15-10, 07:47 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback. I decided on the trail-a-bike for the 4 year old. Picked up the geared Trek model at the LBS. My daughter loves it and the 2 yr old wants to ride it. We are keeping her in the ibert seat for now. I could put her in ibert and oldest on TAB and take them myself but we typically ride as a family and I prefer just the TAB attached to my bike in case I need to hop off quickly. So far she is doing great on it.

Incidentally I borrowed a trailer from a friend after buying the TAB just to see whatthe girls preferred. Neither liked the trailer much.
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Old 06-22-10, 11:59 AM
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I don't know if trek has it too, but if your 2 y.o. really wants to ride the TAB, you can buy a backrest for Adam's TAB ( https://www.amazon.com/Adams-Backrest.../dp/B000SMS7IC ) and start at earlier than normal age (might need blocks on pedals too).
Also there are tandem TABs (for two kids) available ( like this: https://www.trail-a-bike.com/products...folder-tandem/ )
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Old 06-22-10, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by vinced View Post
We've been using a trail-a-long with my daughter, she is 6, for about a year, the only issue we've had is that she like to lean from side to side. When this happens we verbally correct her. We would have used it sooner, but she did not want anything to do with it until last year.
The leaning and balance games on the t-a-b make it pretty much impossible for my wife to pull it. I can do it, but the instability the kids introduce just wrenches her back too much.

I wonder about a burley piccolo that attaches closer to the bike's center of gravity (rack vs seatpost) but not enough to ditch the t-a-b we've sunk ~4 yrs into already. Another year or 2 and the youngest will be on her own wheels all the time anyway...
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