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MEC MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')

When your toddler has outgrown their pushbike, this single speed bicycle trailer works as the perfect filler until they’re ready for their first pedal bike.
Average Member Rating:
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3 out of 5(60%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Member Reviews for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Review 1 for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Overall Rating: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
By:
Location: Vancouver, BC
Age: 35-44
Gender: female
Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Describe Yourself: Casual/Recreational
MEC MEMBER

Don't Cheap Out

Date:January 17, 2013
I was seduced by the fact that this trailer-bike is cheaper than other name brand versions out there. Don't make my mistake; I would gladly have paid $40 extra for the functionality that the pricier ones provide.
While you don't need to take the bike seat off to remove the trailer-bike, you do have to stand and unscrew the coupler. It takes a solid minute, and the trailer is quite heavy. I have to stand astride it to hold it steady and straight while trying to get the screw out or in.
On more expensive versions, there is a piece that is permanently attached to the seat post. You just attach the trailer to that - no re-adjusting and straightening every time.
All that said, my son absolutely loves it, and once it's on, I find the handling to be just fine. We use it to get to preschool 4x a week and mechanically it has held up beautifully.
I see that the price has dropped on this item. Maybe they are doing a re-design.
Cons: Heavy, Complicated
Review 2 for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
By:
Location: Ottawa, ON
MEC MEMBER

Great product, my son loves it

Date:July 2, 2011
This is a very well-designed product and is easy to detach from the bike with the quick release (You do not need to remove the seat on the bike to take it off. it is just a matter of loosening the quick release screw until the connector can be taken off). The bike is meant for a child who can ride a two wheeler with training wheels and is not suited for smaller children who can't balance on the bike (my 5 year old is the perfect age). The attachment is great for helping the child to learn balance (much better than training wheels which sometimes serve as a crutch) and we've found it great for longer family bike rides. The quick release makes it easy to attach to either mine or my partner's bike.
Pros: Rugged, Good Value, Reliable
Review 3 for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
By:
Location: Vancouver, BC
Age: 35-44
Gender: male
Gear Style: Comfort Driven

Affect handling a fair bit...

Date:June 12, 2011
I was surprised by how much the slack on the joint affects handling for the adult. As the kid pedals or moves, their body weight will shift position significantly and impact the balance on the front bike. I found myself "fighting" it all the time to where my hands and upper body were noticeably tired after riding. Having done a fair bit of cross country mountain biking, I probably have above average handling skills compared to a more novice recreational-riding parent, so I would encourage trying it out before buying.
I made some additional shims from a beer can (you can easily cut a few to shape - like large washers - with kitchen scissors) to reduce the gaps in the joint and added a bit of grease. This made a huge difference, and I'm keeping the trailer for the intended recreational use. For occasional riding with the family, the trailabike still fits the bill and the MEC one is good quality and priced right.
Pros: Rugged
Cons: Heavy
Review 4 for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Overall Rating: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Value: 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
By:
Location: Millbrook, Ontario
Age: 35-44
Gender: male
MEC MEMBER

Disappointed

Date:May 26, 2011
This piece of equipment is a total disappointment. Here are the many problems:
1. The trailer is incredibly heavy.
2. It wobbles like crazy when it's attached to an adult bike - I'm not sure how safe it is and it is an incredibly awkward and wobbly ride for the adult.
3. The attachment is awkward and poorly thought out.
4. The chain & chain ring are very cheap and came bent.
5. The pedals are very hard to push, even for myself.
I am usually very impressed with the things I buy at MEC. I cannot believe that they would sell something that is so obviously third rate. It is clear to me that this was never tested by whomever decided to sell it at MEC. Part of my disappointment comes from how excited my son was to get this and how we won't be able to use it because of it's many problems.
Cons: Expensive, Flimsy, Heavy, Unreliable, Complicated
Review 5 for MEC Lift Trailer Bicycle (Kids')
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
By:
Location: Ottawa, ON
Age: 25-34
Gender: male
Gear Style: Minimalist
MEC MEMBER

Nothing Special

Date:May 18, 2011
I bought the bike for my daughter and ended up returning it for 3 main reasons: 1) the frame is large, meant for a 5 year old (she is just over 3) or a large 4 year old, 2) the frame is incredibly heavy for what it is, 3) the attachment requires the parent to take off his/her seat each time they remove the trailer.
Pros: Rugged
Cons: Heavy