InStep Pathfinder Bike Trailer
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It isn't hard to ride or handle. I thought that it would be hard for me to maintain my balance, but it isn't. I would recommend this item to anyone who has a child; who for whatever reason needs trainig wheels or is too young to keep up.
Both of my kids, very cautious and timid girls, loved being able to ride like a grown-up while having the security of being attached to mom or dad. Once my eldest got the hang of it, she went to a two-wheeler after a solid year of not even wanting to ride with training wheels, and now she's racing all over the place on her own. Our younger daughter loves it, too, and it enables our whole family to be active together. Highly recommended for young families who want to be outside and biking together.
I, like one of the other reviewers, have had problems with my seat turning and staying there whenever I make a turn. The pivot point on the tandem looks like it's built to pivot up and down, left to right. However, it is just to tight. I suggested that my husband loosen the bolt but that causes the trailer to wobble to much. I've learned to not make that many 90 degree turns! I hope to contact the manufacturer and try to resolve the problem. It looks like the washers might be on the wrong side of the connection.
All that said, it is a great thing to be able to go bike riding with the kids and not have to worry about them riding their own bike and all the waiting for them to catch up.
I have a problem with it leaning about 20-degrees off vertical, which causes consternation for passersby or people who don't see us ride regularly. I am not sure how to fix the leaning issue.
Others have mentioned that this unit twists the seat post of the adult's bicycle, but the bike is not meant to attach to the seat post. It should attach to the bicycle frame just below the seat post. This means that not all bikes will accommodate this unit. It's also quite heavy, so I don't dare attach it to any of my bicycles with lighter frames. It will tear them to shreds. I have an old hybrid road bike that is sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the trail-a-bike and the accompanying rider, but even then, the added weight wore out the rear axle of my bike, so be prepared for that repair.
Overall, this is a great addition to have if you want to ride comfortably and safely with your children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased the InStep Pathfinder for my 5-year old son in April. My 7-year old is able to ride her bike and keep up and our 3-year old rides in a trailer. Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by J. Clark
We bought two of the trailers since two of our kids have a tough time keeping up with mom, dad and big sister on bike rides. Read morePublished on September 21, 2005 by D. Cuevas
As another reviewer described, the design of this product has a problem. On making turns, this bike often twists the adult's seat post, leaving the seat crooked. Read morePublished on August 1, 2004
We recently bought this trailer for our daughter. We felt it was a good idea because we don't have sidewalks or bike trails to ride on and there are some pretty crazy drivers in... Read morePublished on July 12, 2004
I bought this product and ended up returning it because it made balancing the bicycle almost impossible for more than a few yards. Read morePublished on June 24, 2004 by S. Petty