Kid In Tow: 'Weehoo' Bike Trailer Is Exhilarating Ride

Kid In Tow: ‘Weehoo’ Bike Trailer Is Exhilarating Ride

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“Dad, this is so fun, I feel like I’m dreaming!” — Those words came from William, my four-year-old son, shouted over the wind as we blazed down a bike path.

wahoo bike trailer for kids
Kid pedals to help (or sits back to chill and watch world go by)

William was piloting a pedal-equipped bike trailer called the Weehoo. Its name, an onamonapia of sorts, was literally belted out as we pedaled and coasted on a 10-mile ride.

The trailer — full name: Weehoo iGo Turbo — is like a tag-along bike attachment except the kid gets a chair. You buckle him or her in with a three-point harness, and then feet are strapped to pedals.

A kid can crank on the pedals and help the adult or sit back and enjoy the ride. William did both on our big maiden journey, an hour-long trip across town.

I connected the Weehoo to my mountain bike. It attaches to the seat post via a curved metal arm. A single wheel sits behind the Weehoo’s chair, and the child has handles to grip.

Weehoo bike trailer
Strapped in, ready to cruise

You can move the chair forward or backward on the Weehoo’s frame — the longer the legs, the further back the position of the chair. The company cites an 80-pound weight limit for kids getting the ride.

William weighs around 40 pounds. He’s an easy pull for the most part, though sometimes his off-cadence pedaling rocks our connected rig slightly side to side.

At a hill I shout for William to pedal. It helps. You can feel the kid’s power as he spins the cranks, which have a no-nonsense 42 X 16 gearing.

In addition to the pedal power, the option for the child to help is a confidence booster. Kids like to contribute. The physical activity is nice, too, compared to passive trailer options.

At $399, the Weehoo is not cheap. It’s a quality build, though, and it works for a large age range — two years to 10, according to the company — so you could have the unit for a long time.

But older kids will likely want their own bike. William is in training, and I expect him to transition from the Weehoo some time this summer to riding longer distances on his own.

smiling after riding a bike
Post-ride smiles

The across town trips will still require a trailer. So there I see using the Weehoo for a couple more years. Until age 10? No way.

For now, I like the Weehoo. Its pedal-or-not option is awesome.

Complaints? I don’t love the pedal straps — they are cumbersome. The setup of plastic flat pedals with Velcro webbing is a bit of a hassle to strap onto a kid’s shoes.

Also, the attachment point on my seat post does not exactly fit; I had to add a rubber shim to make it tight.

But the Weehoo for the most part has shined. William begs to ride every day.

Stephen Regenold
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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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