If you are an active family that loves to go on long bike rides, you need to get yourself a trailer bike (trailer cycle). The bike attaches to your adult bike, allowing your kid(s) to tag along and enjoy the views and rides. It is an awesome way to have fun as a family and an opportunity to teach your kids safe bike riding practices as they observe what you are doing from behind.
Trailer bikes are also handy for everyday use when going to picnics, dropping kids to school, and running other errands around town. Better still; the kid doesn’t even have to know how to ride to get into a trailer cycle. They can simply sit back and relax as mommy or dad tows them along. Or if the bike has pedals, the kid can also help you pedal along if they are experienced or just for the fun of it.
Want to find out the best tag along bikes you can find in the market? Check out from our short list below. We have suitable trail bikes for small children and big kids with a varying price range for every family budget size.
Reviews of Best Tag Along Bikes
Burley is one of the best brands when it comes to trailer cycles. Their bikes have a sturdy construction, durable frame, and top notch quality components that make their trailer cycles last. Their trailer bikes catch great resale prices too.
Burley Kazoo has a solid build with a lightweight aluminium frame. In fact, it is the lightest on this list, which makes a huge difference when towing a big kid. It has 20 inch wheels on metal rims, high quality crank arms and pedals, a padded saddle, and a plastic chain guard.
Burley uses a different mounting system compared to other trail bikes, where they attach to the rack instead of the seat post. The trail bikes come with Burley’s patented hitch and Moose rack for mounting. The Moose rack mounts on your bike’s rear for hitching the Kazoo. This design is superior to seat mounting as it gives excellent stability even when riding on uneven surfaces. It also makes it possible to ride with the saddle in the lowest position. The only disadvantage with this attachment is that it will only work with the Moose rack, not any other. But, the Moose rack fits panniers and is also compatible with disc brakes, so it will fit on most bikes.
Again, the Kazoo seat is soft and well padded for support and comfort, so your passenger will enjoy long rides. Also, the seat and handlebars can be adjusted to fit kids of a wide range age.
Despite being expensive ($349), Burley Kazoo is an excellent choice for families that frequently use a trail bike and a convenient choice for everyday use.
- Age range: 4 to 10
- Patented Burley hitch with Moose rack mount
- Front splash guard
- Single speed
- Weighs 16.5 lbs
- Lightweight with aluminium frame
- High quality components for durability
- Smooth riding and easy to maneuver tight corners
- Adjustable seat and handlebar allows it to be used swapped between kids of different heights
- Easy to attach and detach
- Rear rack mounting; no wobbling
- Difficult and lengthy assembly
Piccolo trail bike is at par with the Kazoo in many aspects; top notch quality with a durable aluminium frame, high quality components for smooth rides, Burley’s patented mounting system, flush guard, and adjustability.
With Burley’s unique hitch and Moose rack attachment, mounting onto your bike is extremely easy. The hitch is double locking for extra safety and also ensures that you have smooth rides all the way and even when making turns.
While Kazoo above has single speed gears, the Piccolo has 7 speeds. This makes Piccolo a better choice to use if you will be exploring rugged terrains or if your child is more experienced or is eager to learn to shift gears so they can ride like mom or dad. If your child is big and they are really good, they might help you tackle the hills a little easier.
As you would expect for a trailer cycle with seven gears, Piccolo is pricey ($399.99). With a highly adjustable seat post and handlebars, it will grow with your child for years and get easily swapped between siblings and their friends, so it’s a valuable purchase.
This is the best trailer cycle if you plan on going for long rides on challenging terrain.
- Age range: 4 to 10 years
- Weighs 18 pounds
- Burley patented hitch and Moose rack
- 7 speed gears
- Front splash guard
- Adjustable seat and handlebars
- Superior quality and durable construction
- Exceptional smooth rides and easy maneuvering
- Great for challenging terrains with seven speed gears
- Front splash guard to protect the mud and dirt from getting to your kid
- Highly adjustable to accommodate a wide range of kids
- Limited color options
- Difficult to attach to the moose rack, some reviewers have had to seek the services of local bike mechanics
- Shifting gears is hard for small kids
Weehoo is the other brand worth spending your money on. As the name suggests, their bikes are about fun and adventure, but they are also safe and comfortable. Weehoo has many models designed to meet different needs.
Weehoo Turbo is one of the best trail bikes, and it is in the high end category. It is a hybrid of a tag along bike and a traditional bike, and its unique design makes it so much more fun, safe, and easy for the adult rider and the little passenger.
This trail bike has a single wheel as opposed to two wheels like other trail bikes, enabling it to navigate single tracks and narrow trails, which would otherwise be impassable with broader two-wheeled trailer bikes. Additionally, with one wheel, the Turbo is able to remain upright and stable even on rugged terrains as opposed to two wheels where the weight keeps shifting side to side, creating bumpy and uncomfortable rides.
This trail bike also includes pedals; that way, eager kids can feel like they are riding and helping mom or dad pedal, which builds confidence and helps them exercise their legs, even if it doesn’t help the parent much.
Weehoo Turbo also has a recumbent seat with an adjustable three point safety harness to secure the child.
We especially appreciate that it has adjustable chest straps as it’s very rare to see a trailer bike with the chest strap. This makes Weehoo Turbo the top choice trail bike for small kids. Kids can sit back and just enjoy being towed as they enjoy snacks and drinks without having to hold on for stability. It’s so comfy even the small kids can nap during rides as well. Again, the harness is adjustable for comfort as the child grows. And yes, like many trail bikes, Weehoo has easily accessible pockets and a big zippered saddle bag stash snacks, drinks, lunch, coats, and other essential items you need on your adventure.
For extra safety, moving parts like the entire chain and sprocket are enclosed to protect little wandering fingers.
Mounting the Weehoo Turbo is easy and fast. You only need to slide the hitch and shim (the trail bike includes six differently sized shims) onto your bikes seat post. Note that the hitch and shim take about 2 inches off your seat post, so you will not be able to ride with the saddle in the lowest position.
Although large, it is a lot easier to transport than other bike trailers. You can remove the tow arm, and the entire Turbo will fit into your car trunk without any folding.
If safety and fun and the ability to ride on all terrains are your top most concern, the Weehoo Turbo is perfect. It is currently retailing at $399.
- Age range: 2 to 9
- Weight: 27 pounds
- Single wheel design
- Recumbent seat with three point harness
- Single wheel provides a narrow footprint for navigating narrow paths where broader bikes can’t
- Single wheel keeps the trail bike upright and balanced on rugged terrains
- Recumbent seat with harness gives kids a safe, comfortable, and relaxed ride
- Quick and easy installation with seat post mounting
- Height adjustable harness with adjustable chest strap and buckle provide a comfortable fit for different aged kids
- Kids can pedal at their at their own will or just enjoy the ride
- Plenty of storage space to carry essentials
- Safe design for small kids and special needs kids
- Requires you to buy a kickstand; tips over at the slightest touch
- Assembly is easy, but the instructions are poor
Like earlier mentioned, Weehoo Turbo has other versions that vary in size and capacity to meet different needs. You can check them out below.
Weehoo Two: A double capacity version of the Turbo, with up to 100 pounds weight limit.
Weehoo Thrill: A more luxurious version of the Turbo. It features extra padding on the seat, 5 point harness, two cup holders, and a canopy sunshade. But the other reason you might want to consider the Thrill is that it’s the only one that’s compatible with dropper seat posts (for mountain biking). It also has longer cranks for even greater propulsion.
Weehoo Blast is a smaller, more compact version of the Turbo we saw earlier designed for the little ones from (1 year to 4 years old) who also want the big kid riding experience, and it’s also a lot more affordable.
The main difference with the other Weehoo Versions is that instead of pedals, Blast comes with a footrest to keep little feet safe and secure. Most small toddlers don’t need pedals and feel more comfortable with footrests.
It has the same great stability as the Turbo with one wheel design and will give you a bump free ride even on rugged terrain and when taking turns. The seat is easily adjustable, tool free to accommodate another rider, or adjust as your little one grows.
Safety is also provided with a three point harness to keep your child secure and safe. The harness clips are also easy for small hands to secure by themselves, so you only need to check and adjust to see if they are okay.
The Blast is also very convenient when it comes to putting away or packing for easier transportation. You only need to remove the snap pin and slide out the push bar, and it will be ready to pop into your car trunk.
- Age range: 1 to 4
- Weight: 26 pounds
- Single wheel
- Recumbent seat with a three point safety harness
- One wheels design that tracks smoothly on pavements as well as uneven grounds
- A recumbent seat keeps your little one safe and relaxed during rides
- Harness keeps little children strapped and safe in the seat
- Easy and quick mounting from seat post
- Needs you to keep the bike upright as you load the child since it doesn’t have a kickstand
For a trail bike costing less than $100, the WeeRide Co-Pilot is an excellent choice for families on a budget. It is well made with a strong and durable steel frame and adjustable to accommodate your child for many years.
It has a seat post mounted hitch that allows it to be attached to many types of adult bikes, although not all. You will need about 3 inches of clearance between the seat and frame.
The Co-Pilot is for older children, so it doesn’t have a recumbent seat with a harness; instead, it has a child bike with a padded saddle, handlebars, and pedals. Seat height is easily adjustable with the bike’s quick release mechanism to fit children of different heights. The handlebars are also adjustable (rotated towards the rider and up and down) for comfort and easy access.
This trail bike has great safety features apart from great construction such as a flag to keep the young rider visible by other motorists and a mud guard to keep the child from getting splashed mud and water, and a chain guard to keep pants from getting trapped in the chain.
And finally, the bike’s arm can be folded for easy storage and transportation.
- Age range: 4 to 9 years
- Weighs 24 pounds
- Recumbent seat with three safety harness
- Foldable design
- Splash guard
- Safety flag
- Available in three color options; white, pink, and green
- Soft, padded saddle for comfort
- Splash guard prevents mud and water from getting to your little rider
- Kids can choose to pedal or relax and enjoy the ride
- Flag keeps the rider visible to other motorists for safety
- Easy to mount and unmount
- Foldable for easy storage and transportation
- Adjustable seat and handlebars to fit a wide range of kids
- You will have to keep tightening to combat wobbling.
- The plastic mud guard is flimsy and cracks easily