Welcome. The Bike Tow Bar is a bike to bike attachment. It attaches from the lead bike to a trailing bike. Your child needs to be riding their own bike for the Tow Bar to be a solution for your family. The Tow Bar is safe up to the combined weight of 32kg for the trailing bike & rider.
When in use the front wheel of the trailing (child’s) bike is lifted off the ground. A stabilising bar prevents the handlebars 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.
This Tow Bar works with most adult and kids bikes but there are some exceptions… please see Will a Bike Tow Bar Fit your Bike?
goRide attaches the Tow Bar to a variety of bikes so we can understand the experience and challenges. See our Tips for Attaching a Bike Tow Bar.
To understand and compare your options for towing please read Towing Kids who ride their own Bike Buying Guide
Riding Safely with your Tow Bar
Before your First Ride
goRide recommends that you test the feel of the bike tow bar in a quiet place without a passenger. Only after you feel safe, take your child with you and practice away from road traffic. Your new tandem will possibly steer or brake differently to what you are used to with your solo bike. This is especially true if the child’s bike is relatively large and your child is therefore older and heavier.
First Ride with a Passenger
The tow bar is designed to be used when two bikes are following each other. Make it clear to the trailing rider that to be safe they must remain seated on their bike and discourage them from leaning or swaying their bodies as this will make it difficult for you to maintain a straight riding line – this is very important in traffic.
Practice slowly at first and focus on clear communication techniques.
Communication: Always communicate starting or stopping in a loud voice. Choose instructions that suit your family for starting – either ready, steady, GO or count 1, 2, 3 GO. The trailing rider can make this starting call so you know they are ready. Make sure the trailing person/child is aware when you are stopping or any slowing down.
Note: Kids with rear pedal brakes will still be able to engage their brakes while you are riding.
Safety: Inspect the tow bar and mounting brackets for loose nuts/bolts before every ride. Riding a bike causes vibration which will loosen things over time.
Communication: Repeat or go over your communication calls
Storage: Your tow bar retracts in and is mounted on the Lead Bike when not in use. The Bar can be easily removed from this lead bike when you do not want to take it with you. Extra Kits are available to allow attachment to a second adults bike or a second child’s bike.
We’re here to help. If installing your Bike Tow Bar has raised some questions for you. Please call us on 021 025 15576 or 0800 44 33 77 or CONTACT us via email
Enjoy the family time and memories that you will create with a Bike Tow Bar. goRide, supporting women and families to SMILE when you ride.