23 May 2011

Trailer

Hitch a Ride
You don't see these too often in Copenhagen. Little trailers for hauling your kids on their own bike. The family looked like tourists. Kids will largely ride their bikes or be transported in cargo bikes. Perhaps that's the reason. Although it's a great little idea.

12 comments:

shuichi said...

Hello, I was also introduced it by a mother who lived in Singapore and read my blog last month. I was also impressed by the tool which would be helpful to some parents. Here is the link of it http://www.followme-tandem.com/english/index.htm
Well, it was a pity that she wanted a mama bicycle, however she had three children so she could not seat her children simultaneously on the child seats on mama bicycles in Japan...

vv7885 said...

I've got this type of trailer as well. It's very good, and much easyier to find here in Switzerland.

Kari said...

I'm not so sure these are great for the learning, though. Most of the time I see the kid leaned waaaay over or not pedaling, or both.

Anonymous said...

This trailer (Follow Me)is great in cities which do not have such an almost perfect bicycle infrastructure as Copenhagen has. Coupling/uncoupling of the childs bike is done in less than a minute. So when traffic gets dense and dangerous, you just hook up the childrens bike to the Follow Me and you are in control. It's also great for longer tours, when the child gets tired you hook it up and pull it. It's of course not good for learning, but this is surly not what it's made for.

Alexa said...

In Dutch, but out of Belgium, a post about the same bike: http://meisjesmama.blogspot.com/2010/06/follow-me.html She says her daughter already can ride well on her own, but this allows them to take longer trips, as other commenters here have noted.

And another post showing a vintage Danish model:

http://meisjesmama.blogspot.com/2009/12/fiets.html

There are a few more posts about reducing automobile usage under the "autominderen" tag.

As for using it as a learning tool, it can help. My daughter was having a tough time being convinced to remove her training wheels, but after a couple of days on our Trail-a-Bike, she was willing and able to go it on her own.

jonhoran said...

You see them sometimes in Spain on the cycle paths, although they're illegal in principle on the roads. There's a long way to go here in that respect.

Frits B said...

@Alexa: I remember that Mikael also showed this old Danish bicycle combo, some time ago. Was a good idea: having your kid cycling beside you is easier on the voice ...

Anonymous said...

Should the adult's bike have a mudflap? Seems a good way of spraying mud and less salubrious fluids into your child's face after rain.

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She Rides a Bike said...

I see a lot of trailers like this where I live. Drivers here are very aggressive and our bike infrastructure is not what it is in Denmark so I think this is a good way to introduce your cyclists to how it feels on the road.

plumbing said...

Good luck to your building better bicycle cultures. I hope this will brings good future. Thank you!

Playmobil said...

Just because you have a baby or small child doesn't mean you have to give up your love of the outdoors. If you like to hit the road with your bike, you can still do it safely with a child trailer attached to the back of your bike.