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Trailer Bikes

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by ChrisKH, 11 Feb 2008.

  1. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I've had a search on this subject but can't find anything specific. There's a three year age gap between my kids and I'm having problems integrating my social time with one and the other. They can both cycle, but the youngest
    (5) isn't ready for the longer rides and can't do roads yet. He gets left out quite a lot and the obvious solution would seem to be a Trailer Bike so we can do this as a group. The majority of the rides are off main roads and on cycle tracks and the like at the moment. Is a Trailer Bike the answer? If so, which one?
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Get a TrailGator-

    http://www.trail-gator.co.uk/index.asp

    We used to have a trailer bike. It was fine, but the only option for the child is to be on the trailer bike. I shied away from the Trailgator because I didn't think it would be as sturdy.

    But the boy got fed up of not being able to cycle by himself, so we got one. Now he can ride as much as he likes, and then when he's tired I just hook him up to my bike and we carry on. It's the best of both worlds and I'd throughly recommend one. Cheaper too. And it doesn't feel any different to a trailer bike.
     
  3. OP
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    ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Yes, I've got one Mr Paul. I don't find it all that effective. KH Junior swings from one side to the other at the back - unless I've fitted it wrong. Makes it very difficult to pedal because the trail-gator is all over the place. I just thought a fixed trailer bike would be more sturdy.

    Maybe I should re-think the trail-gator and check the fitting. Do you not have the same problem?
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    No, mine doesn't swing around. I don't find it any different to a trailer bike. Does KH junior balance on his own? If he does then he shouldn't be rocking from side to side unless maybe he's being lazy. Try threatening him with your pump.

    You could try one of these-

    http://www.islabikes.co.uk/bike_pages/trailerbike.html

    It's more expensive than the post-mounted ones but, like it's Burley equivalent, you don't get as much swinging and it's better balanced with the couling being over the rear wheel.
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Make sure you get one where the linkage can move all directions (like a ball and socket joint, e.g. shoulder) rather than just in two directions (like a hinge, e.g. elbow joint).
     
  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I've not seen one that can only move in two planes. Do they do them?
     
  7. andharwheel

    andharwheel Senior Member

    Location:
    Frozen North
    The Islabike one is excellent. Very well made and very secure. Worth the extra money.
     
  8. OP
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    ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I'll revisit the fitting at the weekend, it could be me and or the bike which is particularly heavy. I did consider the Islabike one first of all and it does look good. £200 quid tho'.
     
  9. OP
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    ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    But as you say Andrew, probably worth the money.
     
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset