In this post, I have provided detailed reviews on the best tag-along bikes available in the market today. We also have a detailed guide on how to choose a kids’ bike seat.
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 our shortlist below. We have suitable trail bikes for small children and big kids with a varying price range for every family’s budget size.
What is a tag-along bike?
A tag-along bike, also known as a bike trailer or a bike attachment, is a device that allows an adult to tow a child on a bicycle. It usually consists of a seat and safety harness for the child, and is attached to the back of the adult’s bicycle.
These bike attachments for kids, also called tag-along bikes, trailer cycles, or trail bikes, are a more unique and adventurous option than traditional bike trailers. Tag-alongs allow children to be outdoors while still being active participants in the ride! They’re also ideal for older kids who have outgrown traditional bike trailers.
The tow bars that connect a tag-along bike to an adult’s bicycle can be mounted in different ways. Some are designed to be permanently attached to the adult bike, while others are designed to be quickly and easily removed when not in use.
I have personally DIYed a tag-along bike using an old bike trailer and some spare parts. It was great fun and my kids loved it! If you’re feeling handy, there are also some great plans and kits available online to help you build your own.
How about a tow rope or tow bar for attachment
Tow ropes and tow bars are a great way to connect a tag-along bike to an adult bicycle, tricycle, or even a car! This option is great for those times when you want to take your child on a longer ride, or go somewhere that’s not too bike-friendly.
Reviews of Best Bike Attachments for Kids in 2022
Our overall best tag-along bike in this 2022 list is the Burkey Kazoo. Burley is one of the best brands when it comes to trailer cycles as their bikes have a sturdy construction, and durable frame, and are made using 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 aluminum 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. We also have detailed reviews on the best 20-inch kid bikes here and 16-inch bikes here.
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 ages.
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
- Weighs 16.5 lbs
- Lightweight with aluminum frame
- High-quality components for durability
- Smooth riding and easy to maneuver tight corners
- The adjustable seat and handlebar allow it to be used swapped between kids of different heights
- Easy to attach and detach
- Rear rack mounting; no wobbling
- A difficult and lengthy assembly
Our second pick is another brand by Burkey and is our overall best standard tag-along bike for older kids from 6 to 8 years in age. Piccolo trail bike is at par with the Kazoo in many aspects; top-notch quality with a durable aluminum 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 topmost 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
- The 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. Check out these balance bikes for 7-year olds here.
- 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 mudguard 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.
Buying Guide for the Best Tag-Along Bikes and Towing Options
When most people think of biking, they think of adults zipping around on two wheels. But did you know that kids can enjoy biking too? In fact, biking is a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun. There are different types of bikes designed specifically for kids, including tag-along bikes.
When can kids use them?
Most tag-along bikes are designed for kids ages 4 to 8. However, there are some models that are suitable for older kids and even adults. If your kid gets some good balance on a regular bike and can confidently pedal without stabilizers, they are ready to start using a tag-along bike
The age recommendation is based on the size of the tag-along bike and the weight limit. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before purchasing a tag-along bike.
Development-wise, if your kid is able to ride a bike on their own, they’re probably ready to start using a tag-along bike. We have found that kids as young as 3 years old can start using a tag-along bike if they are the right size and have the coordination.
Are tag along bikes safe?
Tag along bikes are generally safe if used correctly. While it is okay for your baby not to be able to reach the ground when seated on the trailer bike, it is of utmost importance that they are able to reach and step on the pedal bars in order to ensure their balance and safety.
Most tag-along bike models come with a safety flag that attaches to the back of the bike. This is an important safety feature, as it makes the bike more visible to cars on the road. It is also important to make sure that your kid is wearing a helmet whenever they are riding on a tag-along bike.
In fact, with the bikes attached, you can pedal and go faster than using regular bikes and at that speed, the tag-along bike is safer than if you and your kid were using separate bikes.
How to attach tag along bike:
Tag along bikes are designed to be attached to the back of an adult bicycle. There are two ways to attach a tag along bike: with a seat post mount or with a frame mount.
With a seat post mount:
Seat post mounts are the most common type of attachment. The tag-along bike’s seat post is inserted into the seat post of the adult bike. The captain’s bike seat is then raised up so that the stoker can sit on the tag-along bike seat.
With a frame mount:
Frame mounts attach the tag-along bike to the adult bike’s frame. This type of attachment is not as common, but it is more secure than a seat post mount.
So, how does a tag-along bike work?
Tag-along bikes work by attaching the tag-along bike to the back of an adult bicycle. The captain controls the bike, while your baby (stoker) sits on the tag-along bike seat and pedals.
You will be pedaling the bigger bike and your kid at the back will be able to enjoy the ride while also getting a workout.
There are different types of tag-along bikes, but they all have the same basic design. The captain’s bike has a seat for the stoker and a set of handlebars. The tag-along bike is attached to the captain’s bike either with a seat post mount or a frame mount.
What are the benefits of using a tag-along bike?
There are many benefits to using a tag-along bike, both for the captain and the stoker.
For the parent/’captain’:
1. You can enjoy quality time with your kid while getting some exercise.
2. It’s a great way to bond with your child.
3. You can teach your child how to ride a bike while also getting some exercise.
4. It’s a great way to explore new places with your child.
5. You can introduce your child to the world of cycling.
For the kid/stoker:
1. Your child can learn how to ride a bike while also getting some exercise.
2. It’s a great way for your child to bond with you.
3. Your child can explore new places with you.
4. Your child can learn about the world of cycling.
5. Your child can get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.
What are the drawbacks of using a tag-along bike?
There are a few drawbacks to using a tag-along bike:
1. It takes some practice to get used to riding with a tag-along bike.
2. You need to be extra careful when riding with a tag-along bike.
3. Tag-along bikes are not meant for speed.
4. You need to be able to ride a bike before you can use a tag-along bike.
5. Tag-along bikes are not meant for long rides.
Factors to consider when choosing the best tag-along bike:
When choosing the best tag-along bike, there are a few factors you need to consider:
- 1. The size of the tag-along bike: You need to make sure that the tag-along bike is the right size for your child. If it’s too big, they won’t be able to reach the pedal bars and they might fall off. If it’s too small, they won’t be able to sit comfortably on the seat.
- 2. The type of attachment: You need to choose between a seat post mount and a frame mount. Seat post mounts are more common, but frame mounts are more secure.
- 3. The weight of the tag-along bike: You need to make sure that the tag-along bike is not too heavy for your child. If it’s too heavy, they won’t be able to pedal it and they might fall off.
- 4. The brakes: You need to make sure that the tag-along bike has working brakes. You also need to make sure that your child knows how to use the brakes.
- 5. The price: You need to make sure that you can afford the tag-along bike. Tag-along bikes can be expensive, so you need to make sure that you are getting a good deal.
- Size & age of your child:
- The size and age of your child are the most important factors to consider when choosing a tag-along bike. You need to make sure that the bike is the right size for your child. If it’s too big, they won’t be able to reach the pedal bars and they might fall off. If it’s too small, they won’t
Safety tips when using a tag-along bike:
Using a tag-along bike is not difficult, but there are a few things you need to know before you start:
- Make sure that the captain’s bike is the right size for your child. You don’t want them to be too small or too big for the bike.
- Make sure that the tag-along bike is the right size for your child. You don’t want it to be too big or too small.
- Make sure that the tag-along bike is securely attached to the captain’s bike.
- Make sure that the tag-along bike has working brakes.
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Mary Stephens is our infant development and baby fun activities specialist here at Motherhood HQ. She has over 10 years of experience dealing with kids, previously as a K3 teacher and now as a K9-12 teacher specializing in physical education and Social Studies. She is certified to teach in New York and Massachusetts and when not teaching trampoline jump tricks or giving toddler safety guides, she enjoys writing and providing helpful guides to parents on baby fun activities from infancy to toddlerhood. Mary is also an independent consultant providing parents with fun activities at home and appropriate toys and baby gear for infants and toddler development. She can be reached at her email, mary.s(at)motherhoodhq.com.
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