Trailer bike

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Side view of a single-speed, seatpost mounted trailer bike
Single speed Half wheeler attached at the seat post

A trailer bike (also known as a trailer cycle, and trademarked names such as Trailerbike, Trail-a-bike, Half wheeler or Tagalong) is a one-wheeled, or sometimes two-wheeled, bicycle trailer designed to carry one or more children in positions that closely resemble that of a bicycle rider. It can be described as the, "back half of a bicycle."[1] The rider of a trailer bike usually has a saddle, handlebars, and pedals. Some fold for more compact storage.

History[edit]

The trailer bike was patented by Canadian entrepreneur Delbert Adams.[2] Adams started the manufacturer of trailer bikes, Trail-a-Bike, and began selling them in the early 1990s,[3] although the same concept had been previously independently and immitatively invented by others at least as far back as the 1930s with the Rann Trailer.[4]

Configurations[edit]

Trailer bikes have come in a variety of configurations. These include upright-bicycle-like seating, and recumbent-bicycle-like seating as with the Weehoo iGo.[5] Trailer bikes have been available in single-seat and tandem configurations.[6] Trailer bikes may have just one gear or more than one. They seldom have brakes.

Attachments[edit]

A trailer bike is attached to a bicycle at either the seatpost or on a special rear rack by a linkage that allows for pivoting. Alternatively, the hitch mechanism may rotate using the seatpost as the pivot. The attachment may include a quick-release option.[7]

Variations[edit]

The Trail-Gator tow bar converts an existing, complete kid's bike into a trailer bike.[8]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation: Trailer-cycle". Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ United States Patent No. 379,782. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  3. ^ Hammond, Bill (June 5, 1996), "Kids in the 'awkward years' of cycling? Try a trailer bike.", Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)   – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  4. ^ "CTC - the UK's national cyclists' organisation: Trailer-cycle". Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  5. ^ Linda Bookman (December 19, 2014). "Review: Weehoo iGo Pro child bike seat". MTBR.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  6. ^ "GOPBC.org Active Passenger Trailers". Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  7. ^ "The Adams Trail-A-Bike! at SheldonBrown.com". Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  8. ^ Lisa. "Trail Gator Trailer Cycle-Review". Two Wheeling Tots. Retrieved 2015-06-26.