Towing a child on their own bike

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by Stephen Gower, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Our oldest has reached that awkward size (at age 5) where he's a bit too big
    for child seats and the trailer, but doesn't have the stamina for more than
    the short trip to school on his Islabike Cnoc 16. I'd like to be able to
    haul him further, but for him to have a little ride around at the
    destination. I'm aware of the Trail-gater and we are considering it,
    however we're also likely to have one of the other kids (age 3yrs and 9
    months) with us, so would like something that allows a child seat on the
    rear rack. In an ideal world, any one of use would be able to have all
    three kids, (we have used 1 child-seat and the Croozer "For 2" trailer up to
    now) but I suspect that's asking a bit much!

    Are there any other products, as well as the Trail-gater that I should be
    looking at? Has anyone modified the Trail-gater so it can work with a rear
    child-seat?
     
    Stephen Gower, Sep 24, 2011
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  2. The Follow-Me Tandem can be used with a child-seat - it uses a
    modified rear axle for its connection to the adult bike.
    The downside is that it costs four times as much as the Trail-gator,
    and you need to order an extra component if you have an Islabike, as it
    assumes a non-QR axle on the child's bike. May also need a bit of
    minor surgery to fit on an Islabike without snagging the gear cable (I
    had to cut the cable channel a bit deeper).
    I've been using it for a year or so.
     
    Julian Bradfield, Sep 24, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Stephen Gower:
    Nothing to do with your question, sorry, but I wonder how that
    name, "Cnoc", is pronounced. Islabike names seem to come from
    either Irish or Gaelic. In Irish, "cnoc", meaning "mount" and
    "mountain", is pronounced KNOK; in Gaelic, it's KROK. But it's
    a name, so it might be pronounced differently, SEE-nok or even
    NOK, by analogy with "knock". What does the arbiter Isla say?
     
    John Dunlop, Sep 25, 2011
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  4. Other Islabikes are named:
    Beinn;
    Luath;
    Reis;
    Creig;
    Rothan.
     
    Bertie Wooster, Sep 25, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Bertie Wooster:
    Indeed, sir. Those are all Irish or Gaelic words too, and their
    pronunciations wouldn't be intuitive outwith Gaeldom. But since
    they're names, Isla can pronounce them however she likes and we
    can all follow suit, as best we can.
     
    John Dunlop, Sep 25, 2011
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    Clive George Guest

    Darn, could have asked her - she was at the three peaks (2nd lady). (I
    was there watching my father, 2nd MV70 :) )
     
    Clive George, Sep 25, 2011
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    Adam Funk Guest

    Based in Shropshire, I think.
    OK, how do you pronounce "Isla"? I've heard both "is" as in "miss"
    and "is" with a silent S as in "island".
     
    Adam Funk, Sep 25, 2011
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  8. Beinn is a mountain in Gaelic: Beinn is the bog standard Islabike;
    Luath means swift: Luath is the road bike;
    Reis mean a race: Reis is the track bike;
    Creig means rock: Creig is the mountain bike;
    Rothan means wheels; Rothan is a balance bike;
    Cnoc mean hill: Cnoc is the starter bike.

    As for pronounciation, I would go with:
    Beinn - ben;
    Luath - luth;
    Reis - reece;
    Creig - craig;
    Rothan - rothan;
    Cnoc - noc.

    But I know little of Gaelic.
     
    Bertie Wooster, Sep 25, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Adam Funk:
    Silent S. I've whisky on the brain though, and the best stuff
    comes from Islay. :)
     
    John Dunlop, Sep 25, 2011
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    John Dunlop Guest

    Clive George:
    Well done both of them!
     
    John Dunlop, Sep 26, 2011
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  11. Stephen Gower

    John Dunlop Guest

    Bertie Wooster:
    The Gaelic words "beinn" and "creig" sound similar to English "ben" and
    "craig". The others sound like

    luath - LOO-a
    reis - RAYSH
    rothan - ROH-an
    cnoc - KROK
     
    John Dunlop, Sep 26, 2011
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    Adam Funk Guest

    I'll take that explanation.
     
    Adam Funk, Sep 27, 2011
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    Danny Colyer Guest

    The OP specified a CNOC 16, which has a solid front axle as standard (so
    no need for the extra component) and no gears (so no problem with the
    gear cable).

    Of course, the child might soon be upgrading to a Beinn 20, in which
    case that extra component might be needed (unless he does what I did,
    which was to build a new wheel with a solid axle out of spare parts). I
    never had much of a problem with the gear cable.

    Anyway, +1 for the Follow-Me:
    http://www.followme-tandem.com/english/

    I've used it very successfully first with a Puky Z2, then with a Beinn
    20, then a CNOC 16, then another Beinn 20.
     
    Danny Colyer, Sep 27, 2011
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