Mid Mount Seats – FAQs

Mid Mount Seats – FAQs

Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about Mid Mount Seats.

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What is a Mid Mount Seat?

A Mid Mount Seat is an unharnessed seat suitable for riding with your child, from 2-3yrs depending on their balance.  It is positioned in front of you – between you and your handlebars. A mid seat is attached to the top tube of your bike and requires a down tube for a second point of attachment.  

Why choose a Mid Mount Seat?

Mid mount seats are great for exploring and having fun with your child.  It is a great seat for kids who already ride on a balance bike. These seats achieve the ultimate in interaction with your child seated between your arms sharing the view and experience with you.

The position of the mid mount seat with your child between you and the handlebars (in front of your chest) can make some of the skills of riding a little more challenging.  Like mounting, starting/stopping, balance and the reach to the handlebars. As the adult rider you need to feel capable and confident that you can ride safely with a mid mount seat.

What riding ability does the Adult Rider need to have?

The position of the front bike seat with your child between you and the handlebars (in front of your chest) can make some of the skills of riding a little more challenging…like. mounting, stopping, balance and your reach around to the handlebars

The more space you have between you and the handlebar the easier these bike skills will be. This can be achieved If you ride in an upright position or if you are tall and ride a medium or large frame

If you do not have a lot of space between you and the handlebars… that is you ride in a forward lean position or you have a small bike frame, then a mid mount child bike seat may not be the right solution for you.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 2-3 yrs and up to 22-30kg in weight, approximately 5-7yrs.  To use a Mid Mount Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, we recommend the The Kids Recreation Helmet and be well balanced with a bit of an adventurous spirit.

What riding environments is the Mid Mount Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child that is unharnessed you are best to choose off road trails with smooth surfaces e.g bike paths, cycleways, groomed tracks. You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.  As you and your child get used to the riding experience you can ride on more challenging tracks or in light traffic situations.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

Mid Mount seats are positioned onto your top tube about 20cm back from your handlebars.  To be correctly secured your bike needs to have both a top tube and a down tube.

In NZ we have two companies that make Mid Mount seats – both are fantastic.

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (DoLittle) Fit my Bike?

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat for Mountain Biking (Shotgun) Fit my Bike?

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (DoLittle Biggie) Fit my Bike?

These seats can be used with carbon frames.  It can be very difficult to ride with a mid seat on small bike frames if the bike does not put you in a very upright body position. XL frames also don’t work, the distance between the top and bottom tube is too far for the frame of a mid mount seat to attach too.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

Yes for the DoLittle (both options)… the mounting bracket/adaptor and seat usually remain on your bike. It can be removed if you choose to do so, tools are required.

No for the Shotgun… this seat fully detaches from your bike leaving nothing behind.  This is one of the features that makes this seat such a good match to mountain bikes.

Can different family members or bikes use one Mid Mount Seat?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your seat from one bike to another.  This allows different members of the family to use the seat on their own bike. This is a simple process with the mid mount seat for mountain bikes – the Shotgun as the whole seat

With the DoLittle you can purchase additional mounting brackets/ adaptors so the seat can be attached to more than one bike. You just need to ensure that any additional bikes are compatible.  The DoLittle is sold with the choice of two different mounting brackets/adaptors – a tall mount or a standard mount.  This may work well for your family if you have different styles of bikes to choose from.

LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Mid Mount Seat (DoLittle) Fit my Bike?

What about using with an E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. The DoLittle Biggie has been specifically designed for use with the wider frames E-Bikes often have.  The Shotgun is fully adjustable and designed for use with Electric Mountain Bikes.

As always be aware of your safety. E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when riding with a young child?  E-Bikes are generally heavier than standard bikes so please consider how this may effect the riding skills you need when riding with a Mid Mount Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

Mid mount seats are fairly compact so are easy to store if you choose to detach it from your bike. There are rigid so will not fold up.

Can I install the Mid Mount Seat?

Setting up, attaching/detaching and using these seats is easy. We successfully set up the seat and attached them so we are confident you can too.

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

Having the ability to ride with two children can offer more riding opportunities for your family. There are two main things to consider when riding with more than one child…

Can the adult rider ride safely with the added challenge of the weight of two children.  How will this effect your balance and bike handling skills?  Having two children with you can be challenging.  Think about your fitness & strength and the places you want to ride.  You should be a skilled rider to consider doing this.  An E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

How does the placement of a mid seat restrict the attachment of any additional bike seat? If you are wanting to ride with multiple children… the mid bike seat offers a good solution as you can have an older child on a rear bike seat (rear seats are not compatible with full suspension MTBs) or choose a towing option.

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a rear kids bike seat or choose towing options: Bike to Bike Towing or Bike Trailers

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and then for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Mid Mount Seat, for the first time, and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with this type of seat.

Want to understand more about options for riding with kids attached to your bike?  Please see our stories, support & solutions below…

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Bike Trailers – FAQ

Bike Trailers – FAQ

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What is a Bike Trailer?

A Bike Trailer is towed or pulled by an adult bike.  It carries one or two children depending on the size (single or double seat).  It is a very low stable towing method that can completely enclose your child/children protecting them from the weather or air flow.

Why choose a Bike Trailer?

The advantages of choosing to tow a child or children seated in a bike trailer is the ability to transport in this way from a young age (from 1yr).  Trailers give you lots of extra space for carrying more than just your child.  Extra pockets and the large enclosed, protected internal space. This will broaden your options and allow your family to use the trailer for more than recreation or pleasure.  Bike trailers are a great alternative to transport by car through traffic and around town. 

With trailer options for different types of riding, bike trailers are often the obvious choice for off road touring or multi day bike holidays with a family.

How old does my child have to be to ride in a Bike Trailer?

To be towed in a bike trailer it is New Zealand law that, when on the road, your child must be wearing a helmet. Bike trailers are therefore suitable from around 1 years of age through to 4 yrs (double) or 5-6 yrs (single). If your child can sit independently they may be ready for short periods of time in a bike trailer.  The smallest helmets on the market require a head circumference of 45cm to fit safely.
Note: Multi Use bike trailers have stroller or walking kits allowing you to use the trailer in this way from a very young age.  Infant slings are sold separately for this purpose.

What riding ability does the lead rider need to have?

As the rider of the lead bike you need to be capable of taking on the extra work and load that towing a child requires.  It is better to deal with weight by using a bike that has a good gear range.  Do you have the fitness/strength required? Due to its stability a Bike Trailer has minimal effect on balance.  Learn more at Riding Safely with a Bike Trailer.

How does the size of a Bike Trailer effect where I want to ride?

Bike Trailers may be stable but they are wide, they have two wheels compared to your bikes one.  This needs to be thought about when you are towing them as they are significantly wider than your bike.  You will need more distance to pass parked cars, certain bike trails or bike paths will be too narrow for you to safely pull a trailer along.  Learn more at Riding Safely with a Bike Trailer.

What riding environments and frequency of use is a Bike Trailer best suited too?

Bike Trailers are suited to a wide variety of environments… traffic, bike paths and due to its stability it can be used on easy, wide off road trails, tracks, cycleways.  Bike Trailers have different features and functions that match to differing terrain.  Most trailers will be well designed to roll well and be easy to tow.  Add to this lightweight materials used, suspension, additional padding for your child… you will be able to find a trailer that is the perfect match for where you think you will use it.  Trailers are very well suited to regular daily use either as a commuting family, touring family or daily exercising family.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

Bike trailer: Attachment at rear wheel hub of adult bike. Learn more at Will a Bike Trailer Fit my bike?

It is compatible with most wheel hubs and bikes, though some systems will require purchasing an additional axel adaptor e.g. through axels, internal gear hubs.  The Multi Use range of trailers offer differing axel adaptors please view your options at this page… Thule Bike Trailer Alternative Adaptors

Will there be a anything permanently attached to the bike?

Yes… a Bike Trailer requires an adaptor to be mounted at the rear wheel hub for hitching or joining your bike to the trailer.  This very small attachment will be permanently attached to the adult bike. The Bike Trailer can be easily unhitched when not required so using your bike independently is simple and the adaptor will not interfere with your riding.

Can different family members and bikes be used to do the towing or be towed?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your trailer from one bike to another.  This allows different family members and bikes to be used.

Bike Trailer: You can purchase an additional Axel Mount and Quick Release to install in a second bike.  The trailer can then be quickly removed and attached to this bike.  Please note that this second bike must have the same rear axel for this to work… if it is different you can purchase from the range of alternative axel options that Thule provide

What about E-Bikes and using a Bike Trailer?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for towing if your E-Bike is compatible for use with a Bike Trailer (see above).  It will remove any of the barriers around the capability of the lead rider.  One of the challenges especially as your child grows is the weight you will be towing.  This can affect your ability to tow for very long or to maintain good balance and therefore a steady, straight riding line. An E-Bike gives you added power and the ability to cover greater distances.

As always be aware of your safety… E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when towing a child?  While it might not be an issue while going up a hill, what does it mean on the flat or braking when coming down a hill?  If this is how you will tow your child we recommend you spend longer in the practice/safe environment when you first get set up, going over balance, cornering at a greater speed and stopping distances.

LEARN MORE AT:  Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

 

How do you store a Bike Trailer when it is not in use?

A bike trailer has been well designed for quick removal from the adult bike, at home it can remain on your bike or be unhitched.  Trailers are large and require space for storage.  They have a large turning circle and do not manouver well in small spaces.  Bike trailers collapse or fold down to be transported or stored.

Multi Use trailers have storage pockets for the varying kits that can be attached to them (bike, stroll, jog, ski).  These kits can be carried while not in use.  So arriving by bike trailer at a destination and removing the bike trailer arm to convert the trailer into a stroller is a simple process.

Will I be able to assemble and attach a Bike Trailer?

Bike trailers come fully assembled.  You will have to learn folding systems and where to attach the bike arm but once set up it is a surprisingly easy system to use.  We can successfully set up Bike Trailers so we are confident you can to.

LEARN MORE AT:  Attaching a Bike Trailer coming soon…

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

Having the ability to ride with two children is one of the most obvious benefits of a double bike trailer.  The weight of even small kids when attached to your bike can be challenging even for experienced riders.  Being able to pull two children along with a low and stable connection is manageable for most people.

Can the adult rider ride safely with the added challenge of weight and how this will effect balance?  Think about your fitness & strength and the places you want to ride.  A bike with a good gear range or an E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Bike Trailer – for the first time and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Bike Trailer.

LEARN MORE AT:  Riding Safely with a Bike Trailer

Want to understand more about all the options for using a BikeTrailer see… Bike Trailer – Buying Guide

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Carrier Mount Kids Bike Seat – Which brand is best?

Carrier Mount Kids Bike Seat – Which brand is best?

There are always choices to be made.  Rear bike seats that attach to a bike carrier are made by many different companies.  In this story we take a look at two of the best to help you decide what might be the right seat for you and your family.

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A Quick Overview of Rear Bike Seats

Both these rear seats are mounted onto a carrier at the rear of your bike.  So your child is tucked in behind you as you ride.  Protected by your body and close enough to you for everyone to feel safe and secure.

Rear Bike Seats are the most versatile bike seat – there is a solution for most bikes and it offers your family a seat that is usable for a wide age range. It is a suitable first bike seat. Designed for children from 1-6 years. A weight range of 9-22kg. Your child needs to be able to sit independently and fit a bike helmet to safely use this seat.

LEARN MORE: Rear Kids Bike Seat Buying Guide

 

The Thule Nexxt Maxi – best design

Attachment: Straight onto a carrier via a clamping mechanism.  Very easy to move between bikes with carriers (use on a second bike) or attach/remove from your bike.  Completely detaches nothing is left on your carrier.

Dimensions: Back length 48cm, seat depth 20cm

Materials/Features: Made from very dense foam with a coloured protective rear plastic shell, extremely lightweight, large rear reflector.  Locks via a key to your carrier.  Plastic safety strap placed around seat post of adult bike. Fully adjustable to fit your child.  Arrives fully assembled.

Harness: 5 point magnetic harness.  Magnetic harnesses are the easiest harnesses to use.  A five point harness is better for young kids as they secure both the arms & legs.  This means if your child manages to wriggle their arms out of the top of the harness they are still secured via the legs.

 

 

The Iki Urban Rear – best on a budget

Attachment: Clamps onto a mounting bracket that is attached to your rear carrier.  To use with a second bike an extra mounting bracket needs to be purchased. Easy to attach/remove from your bike.  The mounting bracket remains on your carrier – tools required to remove this bracket.

Dimensions: Back length 45cm, seat depth 21cm

Materials/Features: Made from flexible plastic, lightweight, 5 point harness.  Locks via a combination lock and thin wire strap placed around seat post of adult bike. Fully adjustable to fit your child.  Simple assembly required when arrives.

Harness: 5 point harness.  A five point harness is better for young kids as they secure both the arms & legs.  This means if your child manages to wriggle their arms out of the top of the harness they are still secured via the legs.  A bit tricker to line up and click into place compared to the magnetic version that does it all for you.

 

Other considerations…

Both these rear seats are durable and well made.  They will last your family through years of riding and more than one child.  Rear seats are a great investment over time when brought early, if your child is 1 or 2yrs of age.  They can be used throughout the year as your body protects them from direct air flow.  The are also a good choice if you want to try riding with more than one child attached to your bike or being towed.

As always safety and your confidence to choose to ride is really important.  For more on this… please read Riding Safely with a Rear Kids Bike Seat

1 year old in a riding in a Thule Maxi Rear Bike Seat wearing an XS Toddler Helmet

Smiles…riding with an Urban Iki Front & Rear Bike Seat.

Riding with multiple kids.  A rear kids bike seat & tow frame.

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Rear Carrier Mount Seat – Thule Maxi – FAQs

Rear Carrier Mount Seat – Thule Maxi – FAQs

Let us help you to answer all the questions you have about the Rear Carrier Mount Seat called the Thule Maxi.

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What is a Rear Carrier Mount Kids Bike Seat?

A Rear Carrier Mount Seat is suitable for riding with your child early, from 1 year of age up to 6 years and is a fully harnessed seat. It attaches to a rear bike carrier so your child is positioned right behind you on the bike.

Why choose a Rear Carrier Mount Kids Bike Seat?

The main advantage with a Rear Bike Seat (Thule Maxi) is that the seat comes fully assembled and offers your family a riding solution for a wide age range 1 through to 6 years or 22kg.  As long as you have a compatible bike carrier attached to your bike, you can be ready to ride in minutes.  Your child needs to be able to sit independently and fit a bike helmet to safely use this seat. You will love the experiences you will share with your child on a rear bike seat attached to your bike.

Riding with additional load on the rear of your bike seat does change the way your bike will handle or feel. Bike skills such as mounting and dismounting the bike, stopping & starting and balance alter when a rear seat is attached. However with a little practise the adult rider will adapt and feel capable and confident when riding.

Where does it attach? Is my bike compatible?

As a carrier mount rear bike seat attaches to a rear bike carrier. The key to fit is having a rear carrier that is compatible with the seat. A rear carrier is compatible if it is 110mm-170mm wide and can take a load of at least 22kg. On the base of the Thule Maxi there is an adjustable clamp. This clamp screws onto the rails of your bike carrier.

Carrier Mount: Rear Kids Bike Seat Attachment: Learn more at Will a Thule Maxi Rear Bike Seat fit my Bike?  

 

Will there be a anything permanently attached to my bike?

For ease you will need to have a rear bike carrier permanently attached to your bike. This carrier can be used for carrying load when a bike seat is not attached. Some people choose to leave the seat permanently on the carrier, though it can be easily removed in seconds.  Note: you can choose to remove the carrier if you need to, tools are required.

What age can you start riding with a child?

This seat is recommended from the age of 1 year up to 22kg in weight.  To use a Rear Seat your child needs to be able to wear a Bike Helmet, see Toddler Helmet and be able to sit unaided. 

What riding ability does the rider need to have?

The position of the rear bike seat with your child behind you creates increased load at the rear of the bike. This load is quite high. The challenges this brings is that the front wheel can lift off the ground, more common as your child grows and gets heavier. This can happen when pushing off to start riding or climbing a steep hill.  It is more likely to happen if you have a small sized bike frame. You require more strength and fitness to ride with increased load/weight this can especially be felt if riding uphill or riding distance.

What riding environments is the Rear Kids Bike Seat best suited to?

When riding with a young child you are best suited to smooth surfaces… bike paths, cycleways, groomed off road tracks.  You need to feel comfortable about your safety and your child’s safety wherever you choose to ride.  This rear seat is a very popular choice with on road, in traffic, commuting families.

LEARN MORE AT :  Riding Safely with a Rear Kids Bike Seat

Can different family members or bikes use one rear seat?

The Thule Maxi is the most versatile seat and can quickly and easily be removed from one bike and attached to another, as long as the bike has a compatible rear bike carrier. No additional mounting brackets are required as this seat clamps directly onto a rear bike carrier.

The Thule Maxi offers great flexibility for the family. Although it is one of the more expensive rear bike seats on the market it is a cost effective solution if you want the seat to switch between bikes as it does not require any additional mounting brackets.

What about using with an E-Bike?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for riding with a child. If your E-Bike is compatible with attaching this rear seat then yes, it is a suitable option.

As always be aware of your safety. E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when riding with a young child?  E-Bikes are generally heavier than standard bikes so please consider how this may effect the skills that can be a little more challenging when riding with a Rear Kids Bike Seat.

How much storage space do I need at home?

The rear kids bike seat can be left attached to your bike.  It is very easy to remove and is a fairly compact and extremely lightweight seat. (Seat dimensions in cm, approximately 30W x 20D x 48H plus the length of the footrests).  We recommend storage on a shelf or hook to avoid any damage while not in use.

Can I install the Rear Kids Bike Seat?

The Rear Kids Bike Seat (Thule Maxi) comes to you fully assembled. It only takes seconds to clamp it onto a compatible rear bike carrier. This seat is the easiest of all attached bike seats to mount onto your bike.  We successfully set up the Thule Maxi so we are confident you can too.

LEARN MORE AT:  Attaching a Carrier Mount Rear Kids Bike Seat (Thule Maxi)

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

If you are wanting to ride with multiple children the rear bike seat offers a good solution as you can have a younger child on a front bike seat or choose a  towing option that attaches to the rear wheel hub of a bike.

You cannot use a rear seat with any towing option that attaches to the adult bike seat post.

Having the ability to ride with two children can offer more riding opportunities. There are two main things to consider when riding with more than one child…

Can the adult rider ride safely with multiple children? You have added weight. Think about your fitness, strength and ability to balance the bike. Consider where you may want to ride.  You should be a skilled rider to consider doing this.  An E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

How does the placement of a rear seat restrict the attachment of an additional bike seat or towing option?

Multiple Children Options: You can attach a Front Kids Bike Seat and also stable towing options: Bike Tow Frame or a Bike Trailers

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and then for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Rear Kids Bike Seat, for the first time, and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Rear Kids Bike Seat.

LEARN MORE AT:  Riding Safely with a Rear Kids Bike Seat

Want to understand more about options for riding with kids attached to your bike?  Please see our stories, support & solutions below…

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The Bike Tow Frame (Follow Me Tandem) – Frequently Asked Questions

The Bike Tow Frame (Follow Me Tandem) – Frequently Asked Questions

Let us help you to answer all those questions you have about a Bike Tow Frame.

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What is a Bike Tow Frame?

The Bike Tow Frame connects the rear wheel hub of the lead bike to the front wheel hub of the trailing bike making a very low stable bike to bike connection.

Why choose a Bike Tow Frame?

The advantages of choosing to tow a child with a tow frame is that you do most of the work for them and you make all of the decisions. The Tow Frame is a wheel hub to wheel hub design making it a very stable towing system. This stability makes this towing option suitable for long periods of towing and our choice for towing in traffic. This will broaden where you can ride and how far you can ride with your child.  You can also take them further or onto terrain that they may struggle to bike on their own e.g. up hills.

This provides more riding experiences for families with different aged children/children with different abilities and can provide a greater variety of experiences at an earlier age.

How does it work?

When in use the front wheel of the trailing (child’s) bike is lifted off the ground. The design prevents the handlebars on the child’s bike from turning, leaving the lead bike (adult) in control of steering. Your child can choose to pedal or not while being towed, making the ride easier for them and helping them SMILE.

What riding ability does the lead rider need to have?

As the rider of the lead bike you need to be capable of taking on the extra work and load that towing a child requires.  Do you have the fitness/strength required? Due to its stability the Tow Frame has minimal effect on both the lead and trailing riders balance.

What should my child’s riding ability be?

Due to its stability it can be very successfully used with children who are not very confident on the bike in all riding environments. Therefore offering you the ability to start towing your child at a slightly younger age than most towing options – 3 years old. You can permanently tow your child and then  choose to reduce to intermittent towing as the child becomes more competent or stronger as an independent rider.

You can use this bar from 3yrs to 9yrs and up to a maximum combined weight of 45kg for the trailing bike and rider.

What riding environments and frequency of use is the Tow Frame best suited too?

The Tow Frame can be used for both long periods or towing or shorts periods depending on your child’s needs. It is suited to a wide variety of environments… in traffic, bike paths and due to its stability it can be used on easy off road trails.  It is very well suited to regular commute riding as a family.

Where does it attach? Is my bike and my kids bike compatible?

Tow Frame: Attachment from wheel hub of adult bike to wheel hub on the trailing bike. Learn more at Will a Bike Tow Frame Fit my Bike?

It is compatible with all wheel hubs and bikes, though some systems will require purchasing an additional adaptor.  It is not compatible with 29 inch wheels.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to the bikes?

Yes… the Bike Tow Frame is not quickly removed and therefore for ease of use it will be permanently attached to the lead bike. The kids bike will also have a kids receiver mount attached to the frame.

Can different family members and bikes be used to do the towing or be towed?

It can be great to have the flexibility to quickly change your towing product from one bike to another.  This allows different family members and bikes to be used.

Tow Frame: You can purchase additional kids mounting kits to use the same frame with more than one child’s bike.  As the frame itself is not quickly removed, for multiple adults to use, you can consider having more than one frame in your family.

What about E-Bikes and using a Bike Tow Frame?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for towing if your E-Bike is compatible for use with a bike to bike towing system (see above).  It will remove any of the barriers around the capability of the lead rider.  One of the challenges especially as your child grows is the weight you will be towing.  This can affect your ability to tow for very long or to maintain good balance and therefore a steady, straight riding line. An E-Bike gives you added power and the ability to cover greater distances.

As always be aware of your safety… E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when towing a child?  While it might not be an issue while going up a hill, what does it mean on the flat?  If this is how you will tow your child we recommend you spend longer in the practice/safe environment when you first get set up, going over balance and stopping distances.

LEARN MORE AT:  Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

 

How do you store the Tow Frame when riding and when it is not in use?

The Tow Frame is carried on the adult bike when not being used while you are out riding. It folds on itself and is hooked to your seat post rails.  In this position it will not interfere with any riding.

As it is not quickly removed from the adult bike, at home it remains on this bike.

Can I install the Tow Frame?

The Tow Frame does take a bit of time to set up as there are attachments for both the lead and the trailing bike. Once set up it is a surprisingly easy system to use.  We successfully set up the Bike Tow Frame so we are confident you can to.

LEARN MORE AT:  Attaching the Bike Tow Frame

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

If you choose a bike to bike towing option you can place a second (we recommend younger) child on the bike with the adult rider.  There are two main things to consider when riding with more than one child…

Can the lead rider ride safely with the added challenge of weight and how this will effect balance?  Having two children with you will be challenging.  Think about your fitness & strength and the places you want to ride.  You should be a skilled rider to consider doing this.  An E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

How does the set up of the towed option restrict an attachment of an additional bike seat?  This involves thinking about the pathway between the two bikes as follows;

Tow Frame Multiple Children Options: Due to the hub to hub attachment you can choose to also attach a front, mid or rear bike seat. Being the most stable tow option it makes riding with another child a more viable, appealing option.

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Bike Tow Frame – for the first time and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Bike Tow Frame.

LEARN MORE AT:  Riding Safely with a Bike Tow Frame

Want to understand more about all the options for towing kids who ride their own bikes see… Towing Kids Who Ride Their Own Bike – Buying Guide

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The Bike Tow Rope (Tow Whee) – Frequently Asked Questions

The Bike Tow Rope (Tow Whee) – Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Bike Tow Rope?

The Bike Tow Rope is a bungee style towing product that connects a lead bike with an adult rider to a trailing bike. It allows you to tow a rider smoothly & safely without the threat and danger of a towing device dangling down into your wheels.  

Why choose a Bike Tow Rope?

The main advantage with a Tow Rope is that you do some/most of the work for the trailing rider which assists them in getting to places they may struggle to go by themselves. It can be used to take riders distances or through weather that they may struggle to manage if riding solo. It is light and easy to carry so can be easily carried for the “just in case” moments.

It can provide more riding experiences for families by assisting different ages and/or abilities.  It can provide a greater variety of experiences at an earlier age.

How does it work?

It provides a soft, progressive pull & will bottom out gently & safely at its max. The bungee tension & length has been customised for adventure sports so the trailing rider is far enough back to see the trail and manage terrain changes.  It is for uphill and flat terrain only.  It needs to be disconnected before going down a hill.  As this rope is non rigid it requires more learning to use safely.

What riding ability does the lead rider need to have?

As the rider of the lead bike you need to be capable of taking on the extra work and load that towing a child requires.  Do you have the fitness/strength required?

The Tow Rope is suitable to tow riders from 4 years to adults (max combined weight of bike & rider 225kg).  The ability to tow depends on the adult doing the towing, their strength & confidence and how long they can maintain this. Electric bikes remove these barriers and allow most adults to tow any child.  

What should my child’s riding ability be?

This towing rope (the Tow Whee) is suitable from the age of 4 years.  Kids this young need to be quite good independent riders to enjoy being towed and understand how to safely ride with assistance.

What riding environments and frequency of use is the Tow Rope best suited to?

The Tow Rope is designed for off road environments… trails and bike paths.  It should only be used on the road with confident riders who understand the risks with traffic. It is an adventure rope so it can be successfully used in other settings eg. cross country skiing or in reverse for downhill skiing (adult at back, child skiing in front).

Where does it attach? Is my bike or my kids bike compatible?

Tow Rope: Attachment from the adult seat/saddle to the steering tube on the trailing bike. LEARN MORE AT:  Will a Bike Tow Rope Fit my Bike

Compatible with all bikes.

Will there be a anything permanently attached to the bikes?

No… the Tow Rope is lightweight and compact.  It can easily be carried in a bag or worn diagonally, slung across your body using the Quick Loop Carabiner accessory. It is quick and easy to attach to both the lead bike and the trailing bike while enjoying a ride.

Can different family members and bikes be used to do the towing or be towed?

Yes it offers complete flexibility on who is doing the towing and who is being towed…  It is designed to be moved between bikes.  Nothing is attached to the bikes so any adult bike can tow any other bike.

What about E-Bikes and using a Bike Tow Rope?

It can be a great option to use an E-Bike for towing.  It will remove any of the barriers around the capability of the lead rider.  One of the challenges especially as your child grows is the weight you will be towing.  This can affect your ability to tow for very long or to maintain good balance and therefore a steady, straight riding line. An E-Bike gives you added power and the ability to cover greater distances.

As always be aware of your safety… E-Bikes give you the ability to travel at a much faster speed than you would achieve under your own power.  What does this mean when towing a child?  While it might not be an issue while going up a hill, what does it mean on the flat?  If this is how you will tow your child we recommend you spend longer in the practice/safe environment when you first get set up, going over balance and stopping distances.

LEARN MORE AT:  Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

 

How do you store the Tow Rope when riding or when it is not in use?

This rope is easily stored at home with you bike gear, it will take up minimal space.  When riding the light and compact Tow Rope can be carried in a bag or slung diagonally across your body (using the accessory sold separately – the quick loop carabiner) until required for use.

Can I install the Tow Rope?

Attaching to a lead and trailing bike is not technical at all, so yes you can successfully install/attach.

LEARN MORE AT :  Attaching the Bike Tow Rope

Can I use it to ride with multiple children?

If you choose a bike to bike towing option you can place a second (we recommend younger) child on the bike with the adult rider.  There are two main things to consider when riding with more than one child…

Can the lead rider ride safely with the added challenge of weight and how this will effect balance?  Having two children with you will be challenging.  Think about your fitness & strength and the places you want to ride.  You should be a skilled rider to consider doing this.  An E-Bike will help enormously with your enjoyment of riding with two children.

How does the set up of a towed option restrict the attachment of an additional bike seat?  As the tow rope is non rigid it does not interfere or restrict use of other kids bike seats.

Tow Rope Multiple Children Options: As the Tow Rope is most often used for mountain biking you need to be aware that full suspension bikes do not work with rear mounted kids seats so that leaves mid or front mounts.

What do I need to know to ride safely with my child the first time and for regular riding?

There are some simple things to do and check to keep both you and your child safe when riding with a Bike Tow Rope – for the first time and as it becomes a regular activity for you and your family. Use our resources to help support your enjoyment of riding with a Bike Tow Rope.

LEARN MORE AT : Riding Safely with a Tow Rope

Want to understand more about all options to tow kids who ride their own bikes?  See… Towing Kids Who Ride Their Own Bike – Buying Guide

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