Ridekick Reviews


In 2008, Ridekick founder Mark Wanger showed up to a sustainable energy discussion, sweaty after his bike commute to the meeting, and decided he needed to find a way to ride sweat-free. He liked his existing bike, but didn’t want to permanently attach an electric motor to it. So he considered options for finding a motor that could be added for commuting, and removed for recreational riding.

Mark learned that the Tour de France riders were generating about 320 watts with their pedaling. A week later, he noticed that his hand drill had a 400 watt motor. Figuring that the numbers were close enough to be intriguing, he decided to see what would happen when he powered his bike with a hand drill motor.

On his first test ride with the drill, his neighbor, John Bidwell, noticed him and asked what he was doing. Mark explained that he wanted a temporary, convertible electric assist for his existing bike. John invited Mark to have a look at his powered trailer the Bidwell Pusher, and Mark immediately felt that this was the perfect solution. John held the patent for the system and agreed to license the patent to Mark for the development of Ridekick power trailers.

The Ridekick founders believed that more people would ride bikes as a means for transportation if they could travel farther, arrive faster and avoid sweating. And if more bikes/trikes are used to take people from Point A to Point B, there would be fewer cars on the roads, and less pollutants going into the air.

Ridekick riders love their power trailers for several reasons. It enables the rider to use his/her own cycle and is versatile, so can be attached to every bike in the household. Next, it’s simple to install on the bike or trike – it doesn’t take a mechanical or electrical engineer or rocket scientist – and can go from box to riding in 30 minutes. For riders with limited strength or endurance, it’s user-friendly and gives them exactly the kind of assist they need to make riding more enjoyable. At $699, the price is right! Finally, it can carry about two grocery bags of cargo.

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March 15, 2015

Ridekick Power Trailer Review

  • MSRP: $699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

An affordable, electric powered bike pushing trailer with integrated LED light, USB charger and locking lid for hauling groceries or other items around town. Keeps weight low and separate from the bicycle which improves handling, easy and fast to…...

September 3, 2012

2013 Ridekick Power Trailer Review

  • MSRP: $699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2012, 2013

Electric powered bike trailer that connects to rear axle and pushes rider with a trigger throttle. Less expensive and more portable than buying a complete electric bike...