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New 2012 Red Trail Gator Bicycle Tow Bar
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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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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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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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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 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The receiver kit fitting is a real problem. On my child's bike I simply could not tighten it properly because it barely fitted the frame. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Maggot Brain
Came early, always a bonus and really happy with service and item. so needles to say, no complaints this end.Published on 30 July 2013 by Peter Aitchison
I read the negative reports and was a reluctant buyer. I imagine the negative reporters have pristine bikes that are hyper cherished. This works great for us. Read morePublished on 27 May 2013 by Mark Taggart
We bought this thinking it was a great idea but in reality found it to be very dangerous as my daughters bike slewed off to the side causing her to fall off and hurt herself. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by Kat B
The Trailgator is an easy to assemble and use product. It does the job for me. It is worth every pound!Published on 13 July 2012 by fungas
I would advise against buying this product,the fixing to small the bike twisted resulting in my son falling off the bike, thankfully all the cars stopped & drove round him. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by R Smith
Took an hour and a half to fit. The instructions are poorly written, but with all the parts laid out on a table at the begining, the instructions can be made to work. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by Buster
This product is brilliant. A bit fiddly to fit to begin with but well worth it. The torque settings are quite high so can only assume that those who have suffered the item slipping... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2012 by A. Smith