The Trail-Gator was designed and tested for the purposes of on-road use. Rough terrain may present riding situations for which the Trail-Gator was not designed or tested.
We suggest that you work with your child on when and when not to use the brakes and practice in a vacant area before you go out on a ride. With good instruction this will not be a problem.
In order for the Trail-Gator to operate, the tow bar must have the freedom to move up and down slightly and side to side when towing. Consequently, it will work with some luggage racks, but will not work with a child carrier.
The tow bar should work with rear disc brakes as long as there is room to place the tow bar storage bracket on the rear wheel axle. The tow bar can be folded to either side of the bike for storage.
The Trail-Gator is designed to work with 12"-20" bikes with riders weighing 70 pounds or less. Due to the receiver angle on the tow bar, bike frames larger than 20” will not be able to be set up to the proper wheel height clearance. Child riders more than 70 pounds also make it more difficult to tow.
The Trial-Gator is designed for use with 25” diameter and larger wheel adult bikes to ensure that the proper wheel lift is achieved on the child bike when installing and towing. Smaller adult frames could cause the child bike to ride lower to the ground without the proper front wheel clearance.
The Trail-Gator is provided with an adjustable receiver, which mounts to the front of the child's bike, that allows you to lift the child's front wheel a recommended 3"-5" off the ground. This keeps the child at a safe and comfortable angle while riding.
The tow bar has a vertical and a horizontal pivot located at the adult bike seat post area, which allow for side to side and up and down movement only, and keeps the child bike in an up right position when being towed. The tow bar attachment to the child bike receiver is a rigid mount therefore restricting movement at that end.
No, the Trail-Gator only have up and down and side to side move, which requires the trailed bike to lean with the adult bike when towed.
Yes, the Trail-Gator can be used on most types of suspension bikes. We suggest that the rear end be adjusted as to limit the up and down movement.