Tansy , Richmond VIC My 5yo son and I love the follow me. I've been using it take him to and from kindergarten, then onto to work myself, for many months now. It makes our commute so much easier and a lot of fun for both of us. It is very easy to attach and detach and it feels very strong. We get stopped frequently by admirers, to whom I always recommend the follow me. A great product, thankyou!!!
Grant, Western Australia We love your FollowMe, it’s such a fantastic addition for a cycling family to keep us all riding together. I was so happy when I found that such a well designed and engineered attachment was available. I’m always recommending it to families as the best option and it always attracts attention.
Cyclesense Review Reviewed by cyclesense.co.uk ,Technical Editor Chris Juden & Cycling Development Director Rob Fuller
Tandems are expensive, so most parents tow a trailer-cycle when their kids are old enough to pedal but too young to ride in traffic. But it’s good if they can go solo on cycle paths, hence the popularity of tow-bar devices that hitch up the child’s own bike – even though most of them are awful! They invariably couple to the seatpost and have loose pivots, so they wobble and often lean the child over at a crazy angle.
The Swiss designed FollowMe is different. It couples to the rear axle like a Bob-Yak trailer – a tried and tested arrangement in which the trailer closely tracks the towing cycle. My colleague Rob Fuller and his daughter were the test team, and I supervised fitting to their bikes.The FollowMe’s special quick-release skewer replaced the one in Rob’s rear wheel (other adaptors are available e.g. for hub-gears), longer nuts replaced the ones securing his daughter’s front wheel, and a plastic block was attached to her down-tube – and that’s all the permanent hardware. The crucial operation is adjusting the cradle for a snug fit around that wheel, which can be from 12 to 20 inches. But the instructions were clear and the whole process was completed in about 30 minutes. After that, coupling and uncoupling the bikes takes seconds. The towing device weighs 4kg and can be detached just as quickly when the adult bike is used normally.
When going solo during family rides it remains attached, and it’s simply hitched up by a nylon strap to a rear carrier or seatpost.Over to Rob: ‘The FollowMe was a delight to use. It feels really stable, with none of the wobble and sideways drift that can be felt with other styles of tag-along. As the point of attachment is closer to the child’s front wheel, it can run closer to the ground, giving them a more realistic and enjoyable riding experience – as the expression on our four-year old tester’s face shows! ‘In solo mode, the unit does noticeably add to the weight of the rear end of the adult bike, but the feel is no different from carrying luggage. Another advantage of this design is you can also use panniers whilst towing, or even carry another child in a rear childseat. If safe and fun family cycling is worth it to you the FollowMe is an elegant solution. cyclesense.co.uk.
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OUR INITIAL DOUBT ABOUT THE FOLLOWME TANDEM WAS that it would be heavy to use, as the box seemed to weigh a lot and we also worried that it would be lengthy, and complicated to put together. The instruction manual certainly scared me off. However I watched my husband put it all together and it took less than 40 minutes to attach the device to his bike and then to fit the necessary components to our son’s bike. Once the device was attached we could easily slip the front wheel of our son's bike into the tandem device attached to my husbands bike. It locked in simply and securely. We were both impressed with the fantastic build quality, the steel tandem bracket device was easy to connect and disconnect to our son's bike and when it was attached there was no wobble or lean and cycling felt natural and stable. I have had friends in the past who have sworn never to use tandem devices as the movement of their child often sent them careering off track. What separates the FollowMe from other devices is that the child’s bike attaches to the rear axle of the adult bike, through the back wheel, as opposed to the seat post clamp. This makes a real difference to the quality of the ride and the stability. We went around our local forest which has flat tracks as well as slightly muddier and bumpier ones too. The FollowMe tandem coped well on all terrains and we particularly liked the mudguard as it prevented our son getting a spray of mud in the face from the back wheel of the adult bike. Our son could not steer or turn his bike but could peddle which gave him independence and safety at the same time. The child’s bike has the front wheel slightly elevated from the ground by the device so it is like a three wheeled tandem bike once it is all connected up. We were stopped more than once on our ride by other families wanting to know where we got the device from and how it works. After a while we decided it would be a good idea to let our son have a go at riding on his own. It was simple to detach his bike and then fold the tandem device in on itself and hook it in place with a nylon strap which attached to the adult bike seat. We could then all cycle along independently until my son got tired and then we simply unfolded the tandem and slipped his bike back on and locked it in place and away you go It was amazingly simple to get the hang of and a pleasure to use. Our confidence has grown now on how easy it is to bridge the gap between your child needing to be towed every where on rides and them becoming an independent rider.
Sarah Bee lives in Kent with her husband and two children aged eight and four.
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