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CoPilot Model A Double Bike Trailer
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2007
I have gotten so many complements on how cute this "buggy" is. The bike trailer is perfect for my kids (4 and 2) to ride in and they love it as well. Although they have to sit relatively close together it doesn't seem to bother them once we start riding. I did ALOT of research on ALOT of different trailers and I decided on this one because it looked more sturdy, has 20 in. wheels (for more ground clearance and smoother ride), has somewhat padded seats, and the seat is more substantial than some of the others in the same price range looked. It is also very easy switch it to a different bike because of the vice- like connector (verses the pin connector where there is a piece that has to remain attached to the bike even after the trailer has been removed). For the price I paid ($99.00- on sale, 50% off) I am very satisfied with what I got. I saw very little difference between this one and the ones that were very expensive.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2010
Very happy with this unit. It has some compromises, but they seem very reasonable to me, given the price. I bought it here locally in Lincoln Square / Chicago for a less than Amazon, who was on backorder.

Pro:
- Great value. Well-made trailer at half the price of bigger brands.
- Not too heavy, and rolls very smoothly.
- Nicely balanced. In stroller mode, kids can climb in without tipping, though I wouldn't push my luck.
- Tip resistant. Bike can topple without taking the trailer with it, though just barely. Kickstand probably needed.
- Adequate rear storage compartment. Enough to hold three standard grocery bags.
- Fits through a standard storefront door, though just barely.
- Easy-release cotter pins make it fairly easy to collapse.
- Stroller wheel is small, so it can easily tuck in the back for trips where strollering is needed.
- Convenient storage pouches for kids, though they are smaller than I'd like.
- Sufficient clearance for 3-year old's bike helmet, without forcing them to look downward.
- Frame heavy enough to protect in a roll-over.
- Comes with reflectors and a basic flag.
- Flexible shaft at bike clamp makes attaching fairly easy.

Cons/Compromises:
- Cheapish harnesses. The straps are just webbing with no padding, and the buckles are the cheap hook type.
- Limited padding in the seat, though there is a little.
- Floorboard is just a thin board sewn into the fabric. Feels like it's going to rip through one of these days.
- Bike clamp not so great. It works well enough, but makes me worry that it might somehow slip off. I would have preferred a typical dock/hook variety. Safety strap makes matters worse; it would likely cause the cart to jam the rear wheel.
- A little tricky to get the cover pulled on correctly and Velcro'd down correctly. But still, it's well made.
- Foam on handle is standard grade stuff -- bound to get worn and chipped soon -- though replacement shouldn't be too hard.

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2009
Trailer is just fine. The clamp stinks because it keeps coming loose (trust me, I've put as much torque on it as my fingers can stand). Also, the clamp placement on the chainstay is too far forward. It contacts my heel and my wife's heel on her bike. The only remedy is to ride with the arch of the foot on the pedal, which is wrong.

I'm converting it to a hub mounted attachment, using a Burley skewer mounted bracket and altering the attachment method. Then, it will be out my way!

The kids love riding in it, it's light enough and has large wheels for the bumps. I do like the options for covering the babes with the front mesh, or plastic cover.

It's just the clamp that sucks!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
Most of the reviews here complain about the clamp that is used to attach to the bike frame. They've redesigned this. Now there is a quick release piece which attaches to frame at the hub. You can then attach/de-attach the trailer to this piece quickly via a locking pin. The only thing to be aware of is that your rear hub should be able to accomodiate a piece that will point straight back. It is tough to describe this in words, so I added a photo to the product gallery. You can get around this with shims, but you will need a skewer that is about 2cm longer. My bike has this issue, but the design of my wife's bike allows for easy installation of the quick relase piece without any problem.

Back to the product itself: I found it easy to assemble and secure. It would be rather easy to dissamble for transportation in my car if needed. There is a double front canopy, so their can either be a mesh on hot days or solid clear plastic if it is colder. There is a flag to mount on the trailer which is good for safety, but the attachment is a little lacking. I had to secure it better with a twist tie. There are several rear reflectors, although I added my own flashing light for added safety.

My kids (2 & 4) love it. They are right next to each other, but I don't hear any complaints. The added weight and wind resistance requires more effort. For the same effort level, I am about 3 mph slower with the trailer and kids on my road bike. It actually makes for a good workout, though.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2010
I thought I would save some money by purchasing this CoPilot Model A vs Burley Honey Bee, but boy was I wrong. I took my daughter for one hour long ride to come home and find the very thin plastic covering on the metal clamp tore and scratched the frame of my Trek Bike!!! The clamp is poorly designed in many ways: the thin plastic that covers metal can either wear down quickly or ride up exposing the clamp for a metal on metal (or Al in my case). In this case you get what you par for.... BUT there are a few good features that I liked better than the Burley Honey Bee.

Pros of CoPilot Model A;
-Metal rims and rubber tires vs Burley Honey Bees' plastic rims and tires (both have 20" tires, most trailers do so I'm not sure what that other reviewer is talking about).
-snack pockets on both sides of trailer perfect for two children vs Honey Bees' one.
-velcro encloses the trailer front, back, and side to side. The Honey Bee has tabs you pull down and dirt, leaves can fly up in trailer.

I ended up returning this trailer, spending the extra $$, and getting the Burley Honey Bee. I couldn't deal with twisting and twisting that clamp and crossing my fingers that it wouldn't ruin my frame even more. I'm a stay at home mom and the Honey Bee is a lot lighter and easier to take down and put back together ( CoPilot has about nine pins to place vs Burleys' one pin and two snaps).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
After doing a lot of research, I decided on the CoPilot for a number of reasons, some mentioned by other reviewers. First of all, my wife and I ride Trek Calypso cruisers w/7-gear shifter.

Pro's:
1. easy connect to my bike. It has a "male/female" connection (the male is attached to the bike "permanently" and the female is attached to the trailer permanently...secured with a clip/pen). You can buy as many "male" connections as bikes you have, so you can connect your trailer to whichever bike you're riding that day.
2. 4-position convertible "shell" - 1) totally off, 2) only the back covered, 3) all covered w/"screen", and 4) all covered with a clear plastic front membrane.
3. re-enforced foot and seating area. There is sheet of plastic that keeps the floorboard and seat rigid, but still comfortable.
4. easily folds down and fits in my sedan trunk, with room to spare.
5. trunk space behind the seat.
6. the straps are set up so that you can truck a single passenger around in the middle of the trailer.
7. two cup holders that come w/straps to keep them from falling out.
8. 20" wheels w/ aluminum rims and pneumatic tires
9. room for passenger to wear helmet w/out too much discomfort.
10. velcro attaches in multiple / varying lengths to allow for easy access without removing the entire "shell" to access passenger.
11. In addition to the 3 three-point harnesses, there is a horizontal strap to keep the passengers in safe.
12. Safety - standard orange flag, two read reflectors, and bright yellow colored canopy.

Cons - None so far.

I've been on two 2-hour bike rides with my wife and little passenger. The little one has eaten snacks, drank from her Klean Kanteen, and taken a nap on both occasions. we've taken trips to the farmer's market, downtown, and Bidwell Park. I bought this trailer from Pullins Cyclery and got a great deal. I'm confident, if I ever need anything fixed, Steve and his team will make it right.

If you are looking for a safe and affordable bike trailer that will go the distance, I would consider this one. After looking at Allen, Burley, and many others, I think I found the best compromise for durability, price, and safety. Good Luck with your choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
My kid (and dog) love riding in the carriage but with the screen pulled over they have limited visibility and they often get hot.

That is actually manageable but the clamp is a total disaster. They actually used plastic to hold the bolt. Well, the plastic stripped in about a day and now I have to use a wrench to tighten the thing down. Of all places to NOT use plastic.

Anyway-There are better carriages with better clamps that will save you a ton of time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
This trailer does look great but it is poorly made. Just after one season of using it the cloth straps have torn which results in no seat belts and no back support. If you do decide to buy this I would HIGHLY recommend that you keep it indoors at all times when not in use, and try to store it in a bag to help prolong the cheap materials.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
We bought one of these from a bike shop when our kids were little. It lasted about 3-4 years, only one summer of a lot of use. Our 3 kids were born sort of close together, so I wanted it to last thru them all. Two would ride at a time, and they behaved well. I loved that they each had a pocket for their water bottle/sippy cup. When our youngest was old enough to ride in it (1), our oldest was 4, so he rode a tag-a-long while the youngest two rode in this trailer.

It worked ok, but the clamp would not always stay secure, so be SURE to put the safety strap on always. Re-tighten occasionally when on rides. The clamp would not work well to secure on my husband's bike as his frame was too thick, so it was always attached to mine.

We needed a replacement part (front tire) but found it impossible to order one. They bike shop couldn't help us either. So before you buy, check that you can get a hold of someone from customer service and inquire about replacement parts. Maybe things have changed in the past couple years.

Always use all the seatbelts (lap and shoulder), and have your kids wear helmets. My dh forgot about the shoulder seatbelts more than once, and we are lucky the kids didn't fall out (they were half out). Be sure you have a mirror on your bike (or helmet) so you can keep an eye on the kids too.

It did last until our youngest was almost 3. Though some seams had come undone, the front wheel needed replaced so we only used it as a bike trailer, and the clamp wasn't the best, it did survive. We gave it away for free (just set it out in the yard) as it was not safe for transporting kids anymore (at least our size of kids).

I regret this purchase. I wish we would've invested in a more secure and sturdy unit with replacement parts available -- if you need it to survive just a couple years, you may be ok. Don't be cheap where your kids' safety is so important Really use the safety strap every time! I couldn't believe how often that safety strap ended up saving us. And we had the clamp as tight as we could be (I'm no OliveOil and my dh is 6'6" and very strong -- we had the clamp tight but it wouldn't stay that way).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
This trailer has basically been functional. However, as has been noted, the clamp that attaches the trailer to the bike frame is very weak. It has a plastic component that wore out for us within a year and I've had to play with to make functional again. You'd expect better parts or design for the price of the vehicle.

There is also no proper brake on this thing. Highly inconvenient.

Otherwise, it does sit two children quite well, and rides fairly easily. If I'd spend the money again I'd buy a different trailer, however.
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