Trail-Gator Child Bike Tow Bar
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Ride Attached Or Separately
Almost every commercially available children's bike can be attached to almost every commercially available adult bike.
For updated assembly instructions, please see the PDF file located under 'Product Details'.
- used as a learning aid or a tow bar
- tool-free children´s bike attachement or removal
- quick release to detach from the seatpost
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When I see other young families on the trail I always hear them pointing-out the Trail-Gator and commenting that it is exactly what they need to help their younger child ride with the rest of the family. We've gone over 150 miles with it and it has worked perfectly. The quick-release system allows me to quickly disconnect him and retract the bar so it remains out-of-the way until I need to re-connect him.
My ONLY complaint is that the U-Bolts included were not long-enough to fit around the thicker tubing of my son's fairly new bike. This bike is designed like a BMX bike with a handlebar that rotates 360 degrees. Therefore it is beefier than many big box store bikes. I made a trip to the local hardware store, found longer U-Bolts that would fit, and attached the front plate securely to the bike. The plate does have edges that dig-into the frame a little but this is necessary to eliminate wobble. These kids' bikes barely fetch $40 used, so it's no big deal if it has a couple more scratches when we place it in a garage sale. The key is my child is safe & we get to spend quality time together as an entire family. I highly recommend this product vs. a trailer bike.
Here's the problem, I have an older bike with a smaller seat post, and although the clamp fit after using all the shims, the shims then behaved like bushings and reduced friction enough that it never stayed straight for very long. I had to dismantle everything, then reopen the clamps, and add some rubber from old MTB tubes in place of the shims. This solved the problem, although I still bring some tools along for the rides to tighten on the fly if necessary.
It's a good concept, but the engineers need to make it foolproof during installation. I'd prefer a clamping mechanism with super grippy material to make sure there is no slippage at the seat post, and at the connection to the kids bike.
Maybe worth a try for others. If it fits the child's bike I'm sure it's a great product. If it doesn't fit securely, remove it (takes about 30 minutes to disassemble) and return it. My son just needs some help on our longer, hillier rides and so this looked to be a great product which would allow him more freedom than a tag-a-long. Just didn't work for us.
Important to note: THIS ATTACHMENT WILL NOT INSTALL if your (adult) bike has a RACK.
Once you have it assembled, it's a great solution for a child who learns to bike, but can't cover large distance yet. However, assembly instructions are just awful. After few attempts to understand it, I just switched to box-side gator website pictures and was able to put it together. 2 hours...
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Took it to a bike shop and they tried for 10 days to get it installed properly, also thougfht parts were...Read more
1. The product CAN NOT be used with double-shock kids bicycles. (Not mentioned in any description).