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Trail-A-Bike Jr. Compact Folder (Silver)

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  • Compact "Trail-A-Bike" tandem riding system with folding frame--accommodates riders with a 2-inch shorter inseam than larger model
  • Shorter reach, shorter cranks, smaller chain ring and a narrower handlebar for smaller riders
  • Lower center of gravity gives parents and children increased stability
  • Attaches easily to the seat post of most adult bikes so parents and child can share pedaling
  • For ages 3 to 5 years old; 85 pound load capacity; lifetime warranty
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Product Description

Just like its namesake this is the Trail-A-Bike that started a movement, but in compact form to fit smaller children. All of the safety and convenience from years of development wrapped up in a compact package and backed with a lifetime warranty so you can ride with confidence.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 43 x 25.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 29.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: 145950-10-03
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,867 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Grace on June 2, 2009
I bought this last year when my daughter was 4. She was used to riding her little 12" bike with training wheels- and was too scared to get on the bike more than a couple times. I think, in retrospect, that it was my fault, as the bike I was borrowing was too big for me and I didn't feel secure, so how could she.

But now, one year later, she is 5 and I have an awesome bike, we went out yesterday with the tandem (what i like to call it) and had a blast! She can ride her own bike without training wheels now, so it's not about teaching her anything in particular- it's more about having a shared/team experience together outdoors.

I wish I had spent the extra money on the bike with the gears, as I could use the extra force of her helping to push through on hills and grassy terrain. So, if you think you will want to ride it with your child for a few years, consider that. As it is, her pedaling doesn't give me much help.

Aside from that, it is very easy to attach to and from your bike, it is foldable, it is sturdy and lightweight. Just make sure you have about 1 1/2" room under your seat for the attachment device.

Oh, and I recommend getting a little bell and a water bottle holder to attach to it. Hope this helps;-)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By N. Hanifin on May 23, 2009
Overall we are very happy with it however here are two things you should know before purchasing.

1. This trail a bike (the compact one for smaller children) needs to be attached to a bicycle with a minimum 26" tire (which was stated in the manual but not on the box). That way when making turns the childs pedal does not hit the ground. Unfortunately my husband's mountain bike has 24" tires but it works on mine. Still we orginally planned to have it on his bicycle.

2. Within the first 10 minutes of riding, the back wheel locked up. We are fairly handy so after some inspection, we noticed the freewheel had loosened all the way up and was rubbing against the metal frame. We were able to fix it on our own by spinning along the thread til it was back on then really tightened it down. So make sure you don't go too far from home on your first ride.

On a great note, my son started using this a couple of weeks before he turned three. We bought the extra back with a seatbelt (unfortunately not a five point harness but seems to work great anyways) and pedal blocks. Now we are able to ride our bicycles for several mile rides and my son is happy to be riding a big boy bicycle. I love knowing he is attached to my path of travel!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2009
Great bike. My 7yo and 3.5 yo love riding bikes, but the 7yo is frustrated at the 3.5yo snails pace on her 12" wheel bike (with training wheels), and she can't ride as long as he wants to.

I bought the compact folder because I had read that most people who had the "original" folder had to use pedal blocks to make their 3yo fit. This bike fits my girl with no problems, but it is obvious the full size version would have been about an 1" too tall.

My 3yo loves it. It has minimal sway to it, and after a couple of trips up and down the block, she was ready for some long distance.

The problem is that my 7yo loves to ride it to, and doesn't want to let the 3yo on. It fits him to, and we managed a 7 mile ride today. Maybe a tandem bike is next on the shopping list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Kusek on May 16, 2013
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I debated for a long time and read many reviews on a bike seat option for my 38 month old daughter. I looked at rear attaching seats, front attaching seats, a pull along trailer, and the Trail-A-Bike. Based on the fact that the Trail-A-Bike seemed to have the most longevity and more of a real bike riding experience (esp compared to a trailer), I decided to go with this product. I'm not sure why I decided the Jr. Compact vs the regular one, but I think it was just because my daughter is still so small I wanted to make sure she could fit it well right away, but according to the manual, the compact one should still fit for her for the next few years, until she is riding well independently.
The biggest negative is that I had a hard time getting the hitch to attach to my seat post securely. I have seen this in many reviews and I have also seen reviewers explaining why we are all doing it wrong and how to do it right, but regardless, both my husband and I had trouble with this and could not get it on right. I ended up going to my local bike shop who not attached this plus the back rest (more to come on that soon) for a mere $10. Don't know how they did it but it is secure as can be now. So it was only a minor inconvenience since I had to get my bike tuned up anyway, it really was not a big issue.
Since my daughter is still so small, I was nervous whether she would have the strenght and balance to keep herself upright on the bike seat, so I ordered the Trail-A-Bike Back Rest as well from Amazon. I think when I was putting it together, my daughter ran off with one of the screws that secures it, so it ended up wobbly, which the bike shop tightened up for me as well. It's great because it gives me more peace of mind that she is strapped in and it gives her a little more security while riding.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amia E. Lombardi on May 10, 2012
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The bike had a large dent on the bottom tube right out of the box. While the dent won't affect the function of the bike, it is disappointing and makes me wonder if we received used merchandise.

I bought the compact trail-a-bike for my 3 y/o son who is 38" tall with a 15 1/2" inseam. His feet barely touch the pedals (flat footed) in the lowest position. Should be OK once we add some mini-clips to the pedals.

The 20" tire that comes with the bike has an extremely aggressive tread pattern like a full on mountain bike tire. Since the owner's manual states that the bike should only be ridden on paved or smooth gravel trails, I don't know why they include a tire with so much tread/ unneccessary rolling resistance. Isn't it enough that I'm towing a 28 lb bike + a 35 lb kid? A tire with a smoother/faster tread pattern would make more sense.
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