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New 2012 Red Trail Gator Bicycle Tow Bar by Trail Gator
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- New 2012 Red Trail Gator Bicycle Tow Bar
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Description du produit
The Smart Way to bicycle with children;Ride attached or separately on the same ride;For use with 16 to 20 childs bikes without coaster brakes. If you need one for 12-14 see the new Trail angel tow bar from Raleigh;For children up to 70 lbs;Colour Red
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The boy loves riding behind daddy's bike and shouts "faster, faster" with encouragement from his mum. He doesn't peddle much himself though. He was on this at 3 1/2 and has never fallen off through falling asleep or forgetting to hold on but you will need to make sure your child is careful. Mine is a petrol-head to be so no problem.
I've used bike trailers (not tag-a-longs) in the past and the trailgator offers much less rolling resistance. You need to allow slightly more clearance to objects you pass than you would solo. As with a traier, I wouldn't use one on a busy road.
Once fitted, the trailgator clips onto the rear stays of the adult bike but cannot be quickly removed so might not be a good choice for those who use their bike solo a lot.
I was expecting it to help to teach balance but having tried it, it will be no help. When I turn right and lean into the corner, the following bike leans outwards which looks strange but the boy doesn't seem to notice unless I turn very tightly. It's not at all dangerous.
Another small negative is that if the childs bike needs stabilisers, these must be removed for the trailgator or the childs bike will ride on one stabiliser wheel and not the main wheels when going around corners. Trailgator do stabilisers that lift up although they are quite pricey.
As with a previous reviewer the issue is the u-bolts that attach to the child's bike, on my sons bike (a standard Raleigh child's bike) the u-bolts twist. This has two effects, firstly it scratches the paint work of the child's bike severely and secondly it causes his bike to tip over if he moves his weight to either left or right (children love to lean and see where they are going) this happened three times. The first time I tightened up the bolts (causing more scratches to his bike), that didn't make any difference and he fell of again. I then made a rubber wedge to fit in the u-bolts against his bike stem in the hope that this would stop them slipping. Again no luck!
Don't buy on!!! A good idea but it does not work.
The most fiddly part is fitting the child's receiver, this consists of some long U bolts which can be awkward to do up unless you have some deep sockets or tube spanners otherwise it's a lot of half turns with a spanner. The spacers can be fiddly, but are slotted so you don't have to dismantle the whole thing to adjust the angle of the kids bike.
On the adult's bike fitting is relatively straight forward, the kit also comes with a clip to "Park" the towbar when the child feels like pedaling and this is probably the only part that worries me as it looks a bit flimsy.
Riding is odd to start with unless you are used to a bike trailer, take the instruction manual's advice and ride solo with the kid's bike attached to get the feel of it, if like me, you have used a bike trailer the feel is about the same. With the child on board it takes some getting used to, particularly if they are still using training wheels. Here I advise you run around the block or find some wide and quiet roads for you both to get the feel of it before attempting a more serious journey.
Looking at the comments an addition is required. Take a look at the photo, the point of contact between the adult and child's rear wheel is very long, now bear in mind that the childs front wheel will be some 50mm above the ground and you have a shallow breakover angle. This means trips on tow paths and roads will be OK but you will have to leave those trips through woods etc for a while longer. It will take small humps and on my kids bikes the compression is partially mitigated by front suspension on their bike.
This does not work with fixed training wheels, trail gator do some flip up wheels which seem to do the trick so this is easily fixed. You may also want a mirror to check on your child as turning to check while they're wobbling about is a challenge.
The bar is not easily transferred between bikes due to the fitments although the bar itself uses a QD fitting. Fortunatelly the adult's and clild's receivers can be bought separately from a lot of web based cycle shops so you can easly set up another adult's or childs bike with a tow point if you want to swap the tow bar with your partner or tow different bikes.