The best Tagalongs for pulling a child behind your bike

Tagalongs and trailer bikes are a great way to continue cycling when your child is aged between about 4 and 9 years of age.  At that age they may well be able to pedal themselves, but can't always go on their own bike - for example because of distances involved, traffic levels, their ability to concentrate or pedal at a reasonable pace. A tagalong bike (or trailer bike) is a single wheel which attaches onto the back of the adult bike, and allows you to pull your child behind your bike. Tagalongs come with pedals but it's not essential for your child to pedal at all times (unlike a tandem bike).

Single Speed Tag-Alongs do not have gears, so are cheaper than those that do.  They are ideal for younger children (who get distracted easily by gears) or if you ride mainly flat routes. Gears add weight, price and complexity, but are great if you're riding hilly terrain with older kids.

Here's our recommendations of the best tagalongs and trailer bikes that are currently available in the UK.

The best Tagalongs for pulling a child behind your bike

Wee Ride Tagalongs (from £119) - best value tagalong

Wee Ride is an American company who specialise in kids bike seats, trailers and tagalongs. They have two different single speed tagalong options available - the Co Pilot and the Pro Pilot  plus a six speed version of the Pro Pilot for those who require gears.

The cheaper Co-pilot single speed tagalong is made from steel, and weighs in at 14kg, whilst the Pro Pilots are made of aluminium so are lighter. The single speed Co Pilot weighs 10kg whilst the geared version purports to be 14kg.  It's worth considering what weather conditions you'll be using your tagalong in and whether it will be stored outside, when choosing whether to go with a steel or aluminium frame.

Weeride Pro Pilot taglong

All of the Weeride Tagalongs come with a safety flag, mudguards, chair guard and have a specially designed swivel to ensure that the arm of the tagalong moves smoothly around corners.  It folds down in half for ease of storage or transporting in the boot of a car.

The unobtrusive seat post hitch is great if you want to ride your bike without the tag-along in place.

It is possible to purchase an additional hitch, so that you can move the tagalong between two different adult bikes very easily.  You need a 2" gap beneath your seat in order to fit the tagalong, which can fit to oversized seat posts and will work with 700c wheels due to the steep curve of the bar, as shown above.

The steel single speed co-pilot has an RRP of £119 and the alloy single speed Pro Pilot has an RRP of £199.    The six gear Pro Pilot has an RRP of £250.  They are available from Halfords  (where you can click and collect) and Amazon as well as Wee Ride UK, where you can also get spare parts.

Burley Tagalongs (from £325) - best tagalong for adventure cycling or daily use with panniers

If you need a durable tagalong for year round daily use, or you want to use panniers at the same time as your tagalong, then the Burley range is ideal. The Kazoo is their single speed tagalong and the Piccolo their geared version.  Both are made of lightweight aluminium, and weigh just 7.5kg and 8.2kg respectively.

They come with a Burley Tailwind Rack that the tag-a-long fits easily into.  It takes a bit more work to set up initially, but then gives you the ability to attach panniers to your bike - great whether you're riding to the shops, or off on a bike packing adventure.  Note however, that every bike you want to attach the tag-along to will need the panniers, so it's not as flexible for occasional use as the Wee-ride.

Burley Picollo geared tagalong

The Burley tagalongs come with a splash guard underneath the frame and a flag, but sadly don't come supplied with a mudguard over the wheel. You should be able to attach your own, and they   The tagalong can be detached from the rack easily when not in use and the arm can be removed for storage or transportation.

The Picollo is fitted with a 7-speed rapidfire style thumb shifter which is ideal for slightly older kids who can cope with gears.  It also has mounting points for a pannier, so is a great choice if you're bike packing with your child or do all your grocery shopping by bike.

As with the Wee Ride, it's possible to order replacements of virtually every part. This is especially useful when you're relying on tagalong to last for years as your main form of transport.

The single speed Burley Kazoo has an RRP of £325 and the 7 speed Burley Piccolo tagalong has an RRP of £380.  They are both available from Tredz.


Barracuda Trail Buddy Tagalongs (from £99) - best tagalong bike for those on a limited budget

The Barracuda Trail Buddy's are at the cheaper end of the tag-along price range, and can often be picked up discounted on Amazon or through bike retailers. As with everything in life you get what you pay for, so with the Barracuda don't expect the parts to be as hard wearing or the ride to be as smooth as the Burley or Wee Ride.

Barracuda Trail Buddy Single Speed tagalong trailer bike

As with the other tagalongs, the Trail Buddy comes in a Single Speed (pictured) and Geared versions. The gears are operated by a twist grip, so not quite as easy for some young kids to manage as the quick fire trigger on the Burley Piccolo.

The Barracuda Trail Buddy's are available from Tredz and Amazon with prices starting at £99 for the single speed and £130 for the geared version.

Weeho iGo (from £399) - best tagalong bike for very young children (2 years plus)

If your child is too young to sit unaided on the back of a tagalong, or has additional needs that require a greater level of support, then the Weehoo iGo's are a great idea.  They come with a padded seat instead of a saddle, meaning they are suitable from age 2 all the way through to age 9.

Weehoo IGO Venture

The lower spec is the Weehoo iGo Turbo (RRP £399) and the higher spec is the Weehoo iGo Venture (£429 - pictured above) which comes with a rack and large panniers for carrying everything you need on your trip out.   Foot straps on the pedals and the adjustable 3-point harness with chest buckle help keep the child secure during the ride.  Hand grips give children something to hold on to and the sprocket and chain are enclosed to keep little fingers grease free and away from harm. Canopy and rain cover accessories are sold separately.

Remember that as your child is fastened into the Weehoo iGo, you’ll need to be able to balance the bike and trailer bike when you get off to then help your child out, which is why you’ll note the bike stand in the picture above.  You can also buy a kickstand for the Weehoo trailer.

The Weehoo Turbo costs £399 from Halfords and the version with panniers is the Weehoo Venture which costs £429 from Halfords

Mission Piggyback (from £370) - best tagalong bike for kids with special needs

As you can see from all the pictures above, with a trailer bike or tagalong there is only one wheel in contact with the ground. This can prove problematic for some children who find balancing difficult, or if additional assistance is needed with the mounting and dismounting process.  A good alternative is a trailer trike, which has two wheels to give a good level of stability for the child being towed both during the ride and when stationary.

Mission Piggyback Trailer Trike

One popular option is the Mission Piggyback Trailer Trike, which comes in a 20” and 24” wheel version.  It can be fitted with an adapted seat with a backrest, side supports and a seat belt for children who require the additional support.

The Mission Piggyback Trailer Trike is available at Mission Cycles from £370. An alternative is the TomCat Trike.

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