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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|Item Dimensions||6.7 x 25.2 x 43 inches|
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|Shipping Weight||29.1 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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;-)
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
As a side note, I also own the Wee-Ride Co-Pilot, which is cheaper in price (not necessarily quality) but not ideal for my 5-year-old. That bike trailer is a bit heavier, and she can't quite reach the pedals. By next year she will "graduate" to the Wee-Ride and her sister can use the Trail-A-Bike, which is better for smaller kids. Also, it is semi-annoying that they don't share the same hook-up system, but I guess that is how competition works.
Overall, if price is not a consideration, I would buy the Trail-A-Bike. And I would highly recommend the Trail-A-Bike as the only real option out there if your child is 4-6 years old.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super good! My 4 year old son and I put it together in about 30 minutes, without instructions. Everything was there, very well wrapped/packaged and in top shape. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jason Lalonde
Very well made. Solid and nice details. Not as heavy as others I tested.Published 2 months ago by M. Hansen
Sturdy, but purchase new. We bought a used one, had bolt broken. I'm mechanic, so I was able to fix and weld it, but was not worth the price difference between new and used onePublished 7 months ago by todd43
Unfortunately, the seatpost was sticky from day one (even though that's what's removed to fold the bike) and the bottom bracket fell apart at 250 miles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Walter Nissen
My 4 year old loves this bike! She is petit and it worked great for her all last summer, just after she turned 4.Published 21 months ago by CAKE
Great product. Great price. Our daughter loves riding on this!
Way cheaper than in bike store
It's heavy and I wish the seat would lower just a little further, but it's solid and fun. The weight isn't too bad unless you're going up a steep hill. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this so my 7 year old daughter could join me on a 15 mile bike hike with the older kids. It was easy to assemble and use, she was comfortable and was actually able to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Benjamin Trotter