first outing for the FollowMe tandem
Last week we were very excited to be asked to review the new FollowMe Tandem. This is a brand new entrant to the UK market, and allows you to fix your child's bike to your own bike extremely securely. At £210, it's not for the casual cyclist (a trailgator will do the job if you're only cycling twice a year!) The FollowMe Tandem is much more aimed at those parents doing a lot of on-road cycling or those planning long weekend and holiday rides with a little one who starts to flag part way through the ride.
As Chris is the technical writer, he'll be writing a full review of the FollowMe in the coming days, so do come back for the full details.
Today, however, we fitted the FollowMe to our Isla Bike, and T went for his very first ride. At not-quite-four, T still hasn't mastered riding the bike, and instead whizzes round on his balance bike. He's not been on our tagalong, as it's reserved for getting N to school (and we need T to sit on the front seat or our logistics fail!), so today was the first time T has ever been on a big boy bike, been able to pedal and go somewhere.
"Somewhere" was actually coming back from Nursey. He was picked up by Chris, and when he got home he was ecstatic. I had to go outside and watch him do demonstration circuits around our cul-de-sac, and take numerous photos. He was pedalling like mad, something he's not had to do before, and his grin was from ear to ear. He was also delighted to have tried something out before his big brother, so there was a bit of gloating over the tea table this evening!
The FollowMe was the last thing he was talking about as I tucked him up in bed this evening too, so it definitely gets the thumbs up from this happy 3 year old.
As for Chris, on this first, admittedly short, ride out, he was extremely impressed with the handling and robustness of the FollowMe, following his efforts getting it fitted. Watch this space for his full review, plus our follow up blogs on how we get on on longer rides (let's have some nice weather please!) My main concern at the moment is how we're going to stop the boys fighting over who uses it - wish me luck......
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