Welcome. The Trailgator Bike Tow Bar is a bike to bike attachment. It attaches from the lead bike to a trailing bike. Your child needs to be riding their own bike for the Tow Bar to be a solution for your family, The Tow Bar is safe up to 32kg for the trailing bike and rider.
This tow bar works with most adult and kids bikes but there are some exceptions… please see Will a Bike Tow Bar Fit your Bike?
For more information on why you would choose to use a bike tow bar please read Bike Seats for Kids – Buying Guide – Towed by the Bike
Riding with your Tow Bar
Before your First Ride
goRide recommends that you test the feel of the bike tow bar in a quiet place without a passenger. Only after you feel safe, take your child with you and practice away from road traffic. Your new tandem will possibly steer or brake differently to what you are used to with your solo bike. This is especially true if the child’s bike is relatively large and your child is therefore older and heavier.
The tow bar is designed to be used when two bikes are following each other. Make it clear to the trailing rider that to be safe they must remain seated on their bike and discourage them from leaning or swaying their bodies as this will make it difficult for you to maintain a straight riding line – important in traffic.
Practice slowly at first and focus on clear communication techniques.
Communication. Always communicate starting or stopping in a loud voice. Choose instructions that suit your family for starting – either ready, steady, GO or count 1, 2, 3 GO. The trailing rider can make this starting call so you know they are ready. Make sure the trailing person/child is aware when you are stopping or any slowing down.
Note: Kids with rear pedal brakes will still be able to engage their brakes while you are riding.
Safety. Inspect the tow bar and mounting brackets for loose nuts/bolts before every ride. Riding a bike causes vibration which will loosen things over time.
Communication. Repeat/ go over your communication calls
Storing your tow bar on the Lead Bike when not in use. The tow bar safely
Successfully and safely attaching your Tow Bar
goRide recommends you follow the instructions of the manufacturer in attaching your Tow Bar. goRide attaches a Tow Bar to a variety of different bikes so we can understand and support your experience.
Watch our short video (coming soon) of goRide attaching a Tow Bar and learn our tips to make the process easy for you.
Before you start: Get what you need – the lead bike, trailing bike, the Tow Bar and any tools that you may need.
Work your way through the following process.
1. Lead Bike. – attach the mounting bracket to the lead bike and the bracket to allow you to store the tow bar on the lead bike when not in use
2. Trailing Bike – attach the mounting bracket to the trailing bike
goRide Tips: The set up of the U Bolts can be different to best suit different sized kids bikes and frame design. see image. Work out which set up works to allow to to attach around the tubes of the frame
3. Connect the bar to the lead bike and the trailing bike.