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New 2012 Red Trail Gator Bicycle Tow Bar

3.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • 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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  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
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  • Manufacturer reference: TG-RED
  • ASIN: B000QEL7DE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Nov. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,684 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

Product Description

The Trail-Gator Bicycle Tow Bar converts an ordinary child's bike into a safe, towable trailer bike, whenever desired. To ride attached, simply unclip the tow bar from the stored position on the adult bike, extend it, and connect it to the receiver, which is mounted on the child's bike. When the child's bike is connected, the front wheel is lifted off the ground and a stabilizing bar prevents the handlebars from turning, leaving the adult in control of steering. Children can choose to coast or pedal while they are being towed, making the ride much easier for them. Fits 16" - 20" (50.8cm) tire diameter size child bikes. Adult bike minimum size tire diameter 25" (63.5cm). Tow bar receiver fits child bikes with head tubes up to 45mm (1.77") wide in diameter and expands for bolting distance of 105mm (4.1") for top and bottom U-bolt spacing. Fits adult bike seat post diameter 1" (25.4mm) - 1.25" (31.8mm). For use with children up to 70 pounds (32kg). Adult rider must weigh at least twice that of the child rider. Child bike must have rear free wheel capability. (Bike capable of coasting with out pedaling)


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I just fitted a trail gator to my bike and that of my daughter now that she has outgrown our bike trailer - it's just too much of a squeeze with her and her brother on board. I had worried that the single wide tube on the childs bike (A Raleigh Superstar) might prevent it's fitting but the child's "Receiver" will fit up to 105mm which is good because that's just about the width of the tube on her bike. Issues with bolts coming loose seem to have been fixed by using nyloc nuts so it looks like the manufacturer is taking note of comments like this on various websites.

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.

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We bought this so I could take my daughter out for bike rides. It took ages to set this up and fit it but once underway it was fairly easy to control and she really enjoyed herself. Unfortunately the coupling connecting the two bikes managed to work its way loose. This meant she wasn't "following" me and was weaving around behind me. We had to keep stopping to tighten it up. It was rather time consuming. It is a great idea and I don't really want to put anyone off buying it BUT just make sure you have some tools with you just in case this happens to you.
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I bought the Trail Gator to tow my four year old. The idea seemed to be brilliant, however the reality was not. The bar itself is very complicated to fit and the instructions are not good. I could deal with this however the thing is blatantly dangerous, my son has fallen off three times and I am just glad it was not in busy traffic.

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.
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Great product. We've had one for months now and have used it on 4 or 5 trips. After fitting it has worked perfectly and required no further adjustment. I used some thick duct tape on the frame of the child's bike which both protects the frame and provides a key for the clamp so it doesn't move around as some other reviewers have suffered. The instruction that come with it are poor but there's only a few bolts to do up.

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.

Recommended.
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