A fantastic bang for your buck, this trailer cycle is a ton of fun, but wobbling will make some kids uncomfortable.
RATING: Highly Recommended
BEST FOR: Parents of 4 to 9-year-olds who want to pull their kids around the neighborhood or on shorter paved rides.
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4 to 9
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Pros & Cons
- Fits a wide age range of kids - adjustable seat and handlebars
- Easy to mount and unmount, and folds for easy storage
- Kids can choose to pedal or just go along for the ride
- Soft, comfy saddle
- Wobbling is pronounced and takes getting used to for adult and child
- Adult saddle can get rotated out of place after turns
The WeeRide Co-Pilot trailer cycle is kid-approved, that’s for sure… I’m not sure my kids have ever begged me more to test out a new product! Whether you need a trailer cycle to tow little kids on long rides, or just want some super fun, active entertainment for the neighborhood, the Co-Pilot is an incredibly affordable, easy to use trail-a-bike.
While retailing for $109, it can regularly be found online for about $75. And that, my friends, is worth your kids thinking you’re the coolest parent on the block. With a 20″ wheel on the back, adjustable height saddle and handlebars, and a seatpost-mounted hitch, the Co-Pilot fits a wide range of ages, as well as many (but not all!) adult bikes.
Assembly and Adult Bike Fit
Assembly of the Weeride Co-Pilot is straightforward and pretty simple. The wheel comes already installed on the frame, and you’re responsible for engaging and locking the tow arm from folded position, and then attaching and adjusting the handlebars, seat post, front fender, and pedals.
One issue we ran into with assembly was straightening the tow arm from folded position. It was very stiff and I need the help of my 8-year-old to act as leverage. There is a nut on the side that we loosened after-the-fact that would have made it a whole lot easier.
A mounting plate attaches to the seatpost of the adult bike. You’ll need about 2.5″ of seat post to install. If you ride with your seat post in its lowest position, you’ll need to think about getting a trailer cycle that doesn’t use the seat post as the attachment point, like the Burley Kazoo, which attaches via a rear rack.
Additionally, if you already have a rear rack on your bike, you’ll need to remove the rack in order to make room for the tow-arm.
This mounting plate installs easily, but if you plan on swapping the Co-Pilot between adult bikes frequently, we highly recommend getting a spare hitch for the other bike.
You’ll also need to watch out for sufficient clearance between your rear tire and the tow arm. While we did not personally experience any issues with this, it is possible for the bottom of the seat post to hit the rear tire on some adult bikes if there’s not enough clearance.
We asked WeeRide for specific bike fit standards, and they confirmed that the Co-Pilot won’t work with full suspension bikes or bikes with a dropper seat post. They also said that some smaller adult bikes or bikes with the seat post too low are likely to be problematic. If you are questioning if your bike will fit, you can contact WeeRide and send them a photo of your bike. They say that they “are very accurate with our fitting responses.”
Higher-end tow arms like the Burley Kazoo have a much steeper angle that allows for a more universal fit, no matter what size the adult bike is.
Mounting and Folding
Once you’ve assembled the Co-Pilot and installed the hitch on the adult bike, the Co-Pilot attaches easily and securely to the hitch. You insert the tow arm into the hitch, align the holes, and insert and tighten the hitch’s quick release pin.
For long-term storage or transportation, the tow arm of the Co-Pilot folds down compactly. There are two points that lock the tow arm in place. Vertically (see images below), the quick release skewer serves as one locking point. This quick release is easily locked and unlocked.
The connected horizontal pin that is the second locking point is a tad more difficult to disengage. It requires pushing the unlocked quick release skewer (see below) to the side to release the pin while also pushing on the tow arm to begin the folding process.
It was definitely a bit tricky at first, but we easily got the hang of it. This is another time where you’ll need to make sure that the nut on the tow arm is loose enough (but not too loose!) to be able to fold with just one person doing the job.
The padded seat on the Co-Pilot adjusts easily up and down with its quick-release mechanism. There is a range of 19.5″ – 24″ from the top of the seat to the top of the pedal, which makes it easy to swap kids of different heights in and out.
The handlebars can adjust up and down 1.5″ for slight height adjustments, while the entire handlebar mechanism can be rotated towards the rider to allow for an easier reach for the smallest riders.
WeeRide recommends the Co-Pilot be used with 4 to 9-year-olds and a max of 75 lbs. We tested it out with this motley group of kids ages 4 to 12, weighing 34 to 82 lbs.
Below you can see how the Co-Pilot fit our 4, 6, 8, and 10-year-old riders. Our smallest rider, at 41″, is the smallest we would recommend to comfortably and safely ride the Co-Pilot.
We rotated the handlebars inwards for our 4 and 6-year-old riders. The handlebar adjustment is less essential than the seat post adjustment, but rotating the handlebars towards the smaller riders did provide a more relaxed fit for them.
6-Year-Old and 4-Year-Old on Co-Pilot
It’s also interesting to note that while the 41″ tall 4-year-old can just barely reach the pedals with the saddle in the lowest position she cannot reach the ground. Based on how the Co-Pilot works, it’s not necessary for her to be able to touch the ground because the adult maintains all the balance.
However, she did require assistance getting on the saddle. You will ideally need a second adult to help the smallest riders get on, or have your bike leaning very securely against the wall.
Our older riders were a bit heavy, but still fit just fine on the Co-Pilot. They had a total blast having mom tow them around since they can’t fit in the baby’s bike trailer, no matter how hard they try!
10-Year-Old and 8-Year-Old on Co-Pilot
Splash Guard, Chain Guard, and Saddle
A rear fender on the Co-Pilot’s wheel, as well as a splash guard on the frame to protect kids from splashes from their wheel, as well as the adult bike’s rear wheel.
The metal chain guard is a nice-to-have safety feature to ensure that kids’ pants won’t get caught in the chain. Out of the box, our chain was clacking sooo loudly against the chainguard when our kids pedaled. We tried to remove the chain guard, but the screw was tightened down so hard that we couldn’t remove it. Fortunately, we were able to bend the chainguard away from the chain and this fixed the problem.
Our kids are suckers for padded seats. The Co-Pilot has a thickly padded saddle that was a winner with all of our testers. As parents we surely appreciate the quick-release seat height adjustment, especially since this on one bike that all the kids want to ride!
We loved the WeeRide Co-Pilot. So. Much. And for those of you that can find it for $75, it really is such a unique and crazy way to enjoy a ride with your kids. Keep in mind that there are higher-end trailer cycles out there that are clearly better. But for the price, the Co-Pilot is an incredible bang for your buck.
At about 24 lbs, the Co-Pilot is a bit heavy, especially when your 10 and 12-year-old are begging for a ride. That said, many standard bike trailers are that heavy (or heavier). But with the Co-Pilot, you have the benefit of the child pedaling and taking part in the work of moving forward. As a mom that regularly pulls a trailer with a toddler, I’d say that pulling this heavier load with a heavier kid was actually easier because the child was easing a bit of my work load.
That said, like pretty much every seatpost-mounted trailer cycle, there is a bit of wobble factor involved as the trailer cycle behind you moves slightly from side to side. This throws off your balance a bit and does require more concentration when riding.
The wobble factor is more pronounced with heavier kids. Although the weight limit for the Co-Pilot is 75 lbs. (and 4 to 9-year-olds), I’d say that toting my 65 lb. 8-year-old around was a blast, but I definitely felt the wobble. As a side note, make sure to tell your kids that it’s not helpful for them to stand up and pedal to gain more momentum! While this works on their own bike, it almost made me fall over!
So in the end, I do find a standard trailer easier to use because it tracks straighter, doesn’t affect my balance, and requires less concentration on my part, but my big kids can’t fit in a standard trailer so that’s not even an option for them!
While tow bars or ropes that allow you to pull your child’s everyday bicycle certainly have their purpose, a huge advantage of a true trailer cycle is that your child can’t brake! With a freewheel system, a child on the WeeRide Co-Pilot can pedal forward or backwards, or decide not to pedal at all, but the braking is all up to you.
The rotating hitch on the Co-Pilot allows you to turn your bike while the angle of the Co-Pilot flexes behind you. As a result, you can navigate relatively tight turns without causing both of you to fall over! Be aware that the heavier the child, the farther out they will swing on tight turns. Also be aware that you can’t take turns as tightly as you would do riding your bike on your own. Don’t go too crazy!
One issue we did experience (and after reading through tons of Amazon reviews, this seems to be a common issue), is that navigating turns with the Co-Pilot can actually cause the adult’s saddle to rotate out of alignment. We contacted the technical support team at WeeRide and they acknowledged this potential issue.
They explained that to prevent this from happening, the adult bike’s seatpost clamp needs to be tightened down much tighter than normal. “Tight enough” when you’re the only one riding your bike isn’t “tight enough” when you have the Co-Pilot attached to the seat post. We tightened my seat post collar significantly, and still had this issue, but it wasn’t enough to deter us from rocking this Co-Pilot around the neighborhood!
The WeeRide Co-Pilot is a unique and memorable family ride. While you’ll feel the wobble for sure, for under $100, it’s a solid little trail-a-bike. Casual biking parents probably won’t want to take the WeeRide off-road or for super extended rides, but for paved and neighborhood rides under an hour, it’s a ton of fun. With lighter kids who can also help pedal, it makes longer rides much more manageable.
The distance you can take the Co-Pilot is really up to you. The faster you get going, the smoother the ride gets as you catch your rhythm and gain momentum. Ambitious parents certainly can take the Co-Pilot long distances, but just be aware that the wobble factor can get a bit tiring, especially in the beginning when you’re just getting the hang of things. If you’re planning on using your trailer cycle regularly for long periods of time, we recommend looking at the high-end Burley Kazoo.
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