Tagalong replacement suggestions

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by benb, 20 Jun 2017.

  1. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    So the tagalong that was 2nd hand when I bought it 7 or 8 years ago (from someone here as I recall) is about to fall apart through rust.

    My youngest isn't ready for long rides, so will need something for now.

    Thoughts are:
    - A like for like tagalong replacement
    - A trailgator or similar to tow her bike behind. Advantage of that is that she can ride her own bike for a bit. (when she pulls her finger out and learns properly!)
    - A Circe Helios (I wish)

    Any thoughts or ideas, particularly on the trailgator option? I understand there a few different products that fulfil this need.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    We had a trailgator for years. I'd recommend one. They then have the option of independent riding until they're tired.
     
  3. OP
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    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Was just doing some reading up and I think I might go for the Follow Me Tandem rather than the Trail Gator, as it seems to solve the problem of the trailed bike leaning over.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    It does look more stable. We never had a problem with lean with our trailgator though. It was fixed to an Islabike.
     
  5. OP
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    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    I've read plenty of people say they didn't have a problem with the leaning, and plenty of others saying that it was a massive problem. Certainly mixed reviews on that front.
     
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  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I think it's down to what the child is doing. If they're balancing then it's not a problem. You see plenty of children on trailgators and tagalongs leaning relaxed to the side.
     
  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    The trailgator was what I used. The key is being able to fit the adaptor to the trailing bike. For that you need space around the headtube for the adaptor to fit. Look at the pdf instructions for dimensions of the adaptor. The follow me looks good to, the advantage of both is the flexibility and it was something i found very useful. I too have come across leaning trailgators and in every case the headtube adaptor was poorly fitted.
     
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  8. OP
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    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Thanks all.

    I'm sure I could fit the head adaptor properly, and I like the fact that the TrailGator is more compact when not in use, and is less than half the price of the FollowMe.
    However, I am happy to spend the extra if the FollowMe is better enough to warrant it.
     
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    If I were you, I'd be excited by the fact that the followme is more gadgety and buy that, when really I only need the Trailgator.
     
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I've never seen a tagalong joint that didn't allow the tagalong to flop annoyingly from side to side, upsetting the rider and the child too. Ours once flopped so violently setting off from a junction that my small son was thrown off into the road.
     
  11. OP
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    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Haha, yes I think you are me.
     
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  12. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    It depends on the bike. You would not be able to fit it to something like this

    ridgeback-rx20-2014-kids-bike.jpg

    You need a more traditional tube design with space above and below or in between the top and downtube. Pick any two of them
     
  13. hatler

    hatler Veteran

    The Follow-me is a really neat bit of kit, I'm sure there's a review somewhere here already. More money, but but a better engineered solution.

    I followed one a few years ago and it operates superbly.
     
  14. hatler

    hatler Veteran

  15. OP
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    benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Yeah, I think the FollowMe is the better option.
     
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