What We Would Use
Recumbent seating and five-point harness make the Weehoo safe, fun and efficient for parent and child.
Around the age of four, kids are generally too big (and heavy!) to ride comfortably in a bike trailer yet are too slow to keep up with their parents on their bikes. Trailer cycles can be a good solution, but their high center of gravity can cause them to sway from side to side, they aren’t very adjustable and they lack a harness to keep kids safe in the event of a fall. Unique in design and function, the Weehoo i-Go Pro trailer, not only addresses these issues found in trailers and trail-a-bikes, it is much more fun to use for kids and adults alike.
**The Weehoo i-Go Pro has been replaced by the updated Weehoo Turbo. You can read our review of the Venture, which is essentially the same as the Turbo, but with larger panniers, to see the new updates. **
Engineered to the highest standards, the Weehoo i-Go Pro doesn’t come cheap, retailing for $399, but for those families who don’t want to sacrifice safety for convenience, there is no comparison. Whether you are riding the town, fire roads or single track, the Weehoo is qualified for the job. Plus, did I mention that it is fun?
Mounting the Weehoo to a bike is surprisingly quick and easy. Unlike other high-end rack-mounted trailer cycles, such as the Burley Piccolo, the Weehoo does not require a bike with eyelets, just a seat post. Mounting the hitch to the seat post is as easy as sliding the hitch and one of the five various-sized shims onto the seat post. Once the hitch is mounted, the trailer arm simply drops on top of the hitch and it is secured using a threaded, quick-release skewer. The bike needs to remain upright to mount the trailer, so propping the bike up against a wall or car is necessary.
Keeping the bike upright is also required when loading your child into the trailer. While the harness is easy enough for a four-year old to buckle, tightening the tension buckle to ensure a tight fit as well as velcroing their feet into the foot straps can be challenging while attempting to keep the bike upright. For the most part, by simply resting the bike against a wall, we were quickly and safely able to secure our four-year-old without tipping over the bike or trailer. If the trailer were to tip however, knowing that the shoulder straps of the Weehoo would safety constrain them to their seat was comforting. In fact, while Adams Trail-a-Cycles does offer a separate back rest for $80, the back rest does not contain shoulder straps, thereby making the Weehoo the safest trailer cycle on the market.
The recumbent seat of the Weehoo is also a stand out feature of the trailer. Our six-year-old and four-year-old both loved being able to either sit back and relax during a ride or when feeling ambitious throw their arms in the air while pedaling full speed. As shown in the video above, not having to worry about balancing their bodies with their hands, kids experience a more carefree, relaxed ride in the Weehoo as compared to regular trailer cycles. In fact, during one ride on the Weehoo, our six-year-old daughter took notes with a pencil and small notepad of all the things she saw. The small mesh pocket on both sides of the trailer additionally allowed her to bring along and have access to, her water bottle and random small stuffed animal friends. Storage for mom or dad is also plentiful on the Weehoo as multiple storage pockets and saddle bags are standard.
Below the seat and the harness, the safety features of the Weehoo continue. From the covered chain and cassette, to the ridge running beneath the seat that prevents it from tilting, the safety-first design of the Weehoo is apparent. The quick tool-free seat adjust system, which allowed us to easily reposition the seat to accommodate the various heights of our children, was much appreciated.
Although large and heavy (weights about 28 lbs.), the Weehoo does fold up into a reasonable “trunk-size” space without the use of tools. Upon removing the seat, trailer arm and flag from the base, each piece is independent from each other and can be stored separately from each other if needs be. At 4.5 feet long, the base is the largest part, yet small enough to fit into most car trunks.
**Update: The new Weehoo’s do not have quick-release levers on the seat mounts and require an allen wrench to mount and unmount.**
While fun and enjoyable on paved paths, when used on fire roads and single-track trails is where the Weehoo really shines. Compared the a bike trailer, the narrow footprint of the Weehoo prevents it from becoming stuck on low branches or rocks. With one wheel, the Weehoo is also able remain upright on uneven surfaces, versus a trailer that bounces back and forth on two tires, creating a bumping and uncomfortable ride.
In conclusion, if it is in your budget, the Weehoo is a must for any biking family. From bike seats, to trailer and other trailer cycles, the Weehoo is by far the favorite amongst our kids as well as my husband and I. Beyond the entertainment value it provides, since welcoming the Weehoo into our family, my husband and I have both been able to get out and ride more often as we are no longer limited to our four-year-olds physical limitations on his personal bike. When used with our BoBike Mini City, I have also been able to go for extended rides with my two youngest, which were previously cut short by my four-year-olds “boredom” in our bike trailer. As a final note, while the price of the Weehoo is high, they also have a very high resale value and sell used for about $250ish.
Weehoo i-Go Pro Two
Weehoo recently released a two passenger version of the the i-Go Pro trailer. While the two seater model is available through Weehoo’s site for $519, the trailer will soon be available as single seat with one basket as well. In the double seat model, the back rider does not pedal, but has a sturdy foot rest with straps to rest their feet on. To save weight, the seat of the double are now made with aluminum versus steel (same with the single Weehoo seats), which makes the double only 10 lbs. heaver than the single Weehoo.
Weehoo’s Facebook Community Page: Contains great video’s and tips from owners.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: March 4, 2017
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