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Mine's not for sale Stu, but you might be interested in my write up of it - here.
Like you, I was concerned about cost and possible use. My daughter loves hers and we get out on it pretty often - the offer of a playground on the ride makes a big difference and rides to the library (with a visit to the playground afterwards) are favourites. The limiting factor is boredom, not strength because when she gets tired, she just stops pedalling (while I do all the work) - in this respect, they are better for small kids than letting them ride their own bike where if they get tired, they stop. You can also get along at a better speed, up steeper hill and public roads become a safe option (as opposed to a young kid riding loose on their bike).
I wasn't impressed with any of the cheap, steel bikes and wound up with the Holstar. It's a good bike, well made and while heavy (aluminium), much lighter than the cheap steel frames around, some of which seemed to be recycled water pipe welded by drunken chimpanzees.
I agonised over the purchase for months. In the end, decided I was never going to find out if it'd be used without buying one, so bought one and haven't looked back. She's 6, our max ride has been 10km with most around the 5km or less, but we get out on it most weekends (most days during the holidays), have toured the local national parks and gone for jaunts along bike paths, but most trips are just up to one of the local playgrounds.
It cost about $250. You don't see them often in the shops ... then a whole heap turn up. Weird. They've got a website - www.holstarcycles.com.au - might be a good place to start.
I can't believe how light it is compare to other tag a longs/trailer bikes Say What ever you want to call them. What a cracker!! did a little 10km ride just to get my 4yo boy used to it and kept on saying "Dad, I'm having a great time" and we did. Thanks again Richard for the tip. The bike shop that got it in for me were going to keep it if I didn't want it.
i'll be looking at a tag a long myself once my daughter (just about to turn 4) can balance on a bike. which bike shop got it in for you? or maybe you can sell to me when finished!
BTW does the holstar hold the kid vertically in line/balanced with the pulling bike or does the kid have to have independent balance? i've never been able to work that out.
Way to go Stu. Well done. Your lad will love you for it.
twowheels, your daughter doesn't have to be able to balance a bike to ride a tag-along. My wee princess is a year or so away from being able to do so - her brother is 'sporting central', she's 'one of the fairies'. Seriously, she's got no idea about balance, yet she loves her tag-along and loves going for rides on it. The biggest disadvantage with the things is that they do NOT teach your child to balance the bike. The biggest advantage being that they allow your child to enjoy adult distances on the bike - seriously, boredom is the biggest problem.
Kids on bikes? It don't get any better
Cheers Richard. Kids on bikes and winter in Perth...it doesn't get any better!! LOL.
TW, I sent you private message with bike shop details replying to yours.
Cool, at the moment I'm riding a "tandem beach cruiser" i picked up off ebay, have adapted it by removing the back pedals and seat. My daughter sits down low in an adapted "back of bike" child seat and between the axles, much easier than at the back of a normal wheelbase bike. Plan on converting the tandem for utility use once finished using in this way. Then back to a tandem proper when daughter has leg length to ride it with me.
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