BikeBiz gets on the trail of the latest on the market
The iGo provides something a little different to many of its competitors – namely pedals, according to Weehoo. Through its cunning design the child on the trailer really does contribute to pedalling, all while riding hands-free, safely secured to the seat, leaving them free to eat, drink, play or catnap. Engineered to last, the iGo features storage in seat and rear pannier bags.
In terms of safety, the trailer is designed to improve handling with engineered fail-safes like the bash guard – featuring structural reinforcement, and the hitch – featuring bilateral halves of eight mm steel, free of welds.
The child is secure in the trailer, with a three point harness holding the little blighter in. The iGo also comes with pedal straps, reflective fabric and reflectors, with the rear pannier covers the spokes, handle grips and the obligatory flag.
Packed with features for top notch safety, practical use and child fun, the Bumper range has two models in duo and solo. Both are built with strong steel frames with easy front-to-back folding and wheels that unclip at speed. Also sporting sunroofs, internal pockets, seatbelts and a high vis safety flag, the Adventure duo retails at £129.99 and £119.99 for the solo. The Explorer model has all the features of the Adventure but with added external storage pockets, push handle, rear opening vent panel and space saving central stead wheel. The duo costs £179.99 while the solo hits £169.99.
Also up from Moore Large is the Trail-Gator trailer bike range. The bicycle tow bar converts an ordinary child’s bike into a safe towable trailer bike. Children can coast or pedal while they’re being towed and the tow bar fits 14-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheel bikes with a 70ib weight limit. It retails at £74.99. Trail-Gator accessories are also available, including flip up training wheels, extra receiver kits and an extra seatpost kit.
Moore Large: 01332 274252
Carry Freedom’s City (£349.99) is pitched as the ultimate luggage for urban cyclists. The award-winning product is stable and light on the road and promises that riders using it will hardly know it’s there. The City’s tough nylon bag is the primary load carrier, but larger, awkward loads can be strapped to the upper frame over the low-slung wheels. Three bike brackets are supplied with each trailer.
Carry Freedom’s Y Frame is a light, strong and versatile trailer designed for strapped on bags or carrying boxes. Sporting wheels and an arm that can detach in seconds, this nifty trailer can be flatpack stored in seconds. The Y Frame is available in small (£179.99) and large (£189.99).
Extra also supplies Burley to the trade, including the Travoy and the Burley Bee (pictured). The Travoy can be folded down to fit inside a briefcase-sized tote bag and boasts a patent pending design that provides enhanced stability and manoueverability. The Bee, meanwhile, seats one to two children with a 100lb capacity. Weighing less than 20lbs it features padded mesh seating, wheel guards and a recessed helmet pocket. The Travoy costs £279.99 while the Bee retails at £249.99.
Extra: 01933 672170
Burley managed to bag one of the few Gold Eurobike awards this year for its Travoy urban bike trailer (pictured). Pitched at filling a void for the bike commuter, the Travoy is convenient and secure – hitching to the seat post of any bike and riding at a 45-degree angle – redistributing the load’s weight for easier riding. The clever design sees it convert to a rolling cart with a mere twist of the wrist – allowing it to be taken with the cyclist. And weighing under 4.5kg, the Travoy stands on its own when loaded or folds down to a briefcase size, even with optional bags attached. In addition, the Travoy comes with a basic cargo bag (also used to store the folded trailer) and tie-down straps for bulkier cargo.
The Travoy is just the tip of the Burley product range which includes child, cargo and even pet trailers.
Raleigh supplies the Avenir range of trailers and trailer bikes to the trade. Three trailer bike models have been updated for autumn 2010, starting at £149.99 for the single speed steel TRA230 and going up to £229.99 for a six-speed alloy TRA232.
All the trailer bikes are full of features and come supplied with mudguards, bottle and flag, plus they fold in half for easy storage. The best seller in the trailer range is the Skye 2 seat kids trailer, retailing for £129.99. It features 16-inch quick release wheels, cargo space, internal toy pockets, folds flat for easy storage, roll back rain and bug shield, safety belts for two and safety flag.
The five-model range also includes children’s hard base and cargo trailers. Stroller kits are available to fit three of the kids’ trailers.
Raleigh: 01773 532600
The Reflex Folding Tag-a-long comes in three colours: silver, pink and blue. Suitable for children from around three and upwards, the maximum weight limit is 85lbs or 38kgs in new money.
The Reflex features quick release mountings so that it can be attached or removed to most adult bikes – notably without tools – in mere seconds.
The folding trailer bike uses hi-tensile steel and 20-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the Reflex Folding Tag-a-long is designed to help families share cycling experiences, particularly for those with little ‘uns who wouldn’t normally be able to keep up. It retails at £119.99.
Avocet: 0161 727 8508
Fisher Outdoor Leisure
As exclusive Adams distributor, Fisher brings the brand’s trailer bikes and accessories to the trade, featuring the proven steel hitch which allows for enhanced movement and fits almost any seat post. Adams products include an impressive lifetime warranty, with a range that covers the three to ten year old age groups.
The Adams Folder Compact covers the three to five year-old age bracket and boasts a low centre of gravity to aid stability. Finished in high gloss white it retails at £144.99. Four to six year olds are catered for with the Original Folder 1 (£144.99 RRP), the Original Alloy Folder 1 (£209.99 RRP) and the Original Shifter 7 (£184.99 RRP). All come in a selection of colours, while the Original Shifter 7 also features seven speed gearing to help skills development.
The seven to ten year-old range is served by the Original Folder 24. This 7-speed has a 24-inch wheel and a larger frame for taller riders. Priced at £189.99 it is finished in silver.
Fisher Outdoor Leisure: www.fisherb2b.com
Madison’s trailer bike range includes the Adventure Ditto One, pitched at combining great value with simplicity of use. Sporting a single-speed drivetrain the Adventure Ditto One features a steel frame that is not only highly durable but also folds to make storage and transport even easier. The robust lightweight hitch system has been improved with a zero play design for added stability and to minimise flex.
The Ditto One includes an alloy handlebar, stem and quick release seat pin and comes supplied with mudguards and chain guard to protect the rider's clothing. With alloy rims and hubs plus a semi-slick tyre to suit both road and light off-road use, the trailer bike has an SRP of £129.99. A safety flag is included for added visibility when out on the road.
Madison: 01908 326000
Pendle has updated its six bike trailer so that it can be packed onto a shipping pallet. This change means that shipping costs are now much lower than before and it’s much easier for retailers to stock. The six bike trailer itself is fitted with individual bike slots or wheel mounts, which are adjustable to allow for various sizes of bicycles. The bikes are separated by tilting vertical supports, which the frames rest against. They are then held securely by straps, so maintaining the bicycles in an upright position to ensure safe transport. A lighting unit and relevant strap kit is supplied with the trailer.Tandem enthusiasts are catered for by the trailer too, with special fittings available for the option.
Pendle has also added the option of fitting tricycles to the 12-bike trailer. Though the capacity may vary depending on the size of the trike, it is possible to carry up to four trikes, or six bikes and two trikes.
Pendle: 01282 699555