Learn How to Attach a Bike Tow Rope
The Tow Whee Bike Tow Rope is used to tow a child or adult on a trailing bike. It can be attached onto the trailing bike by either of the following 2 ways.
Using the Tow Rope Only – Simply placed around the handlebar stem and looped through itself.
Using the Quick Loop with Carabiner (an accessory product sold separately.)
For more information on why you would choose to use a bike tow rope please read A Bike Tow Rope – Make Biking Easier for Kids
Method 1 looping the tow rope through itself
Method 2 using the Quick Loop accessory
What you will need to use a Bike Tow Rope
No tools are required.
You only need a lead bike and a trailing bike. This tow rope can be used on ANY type of bike.
Attaching with Tow Rope Only
Trailing Bike – Place the tow rope around the handlebar stem of the trailing bike. Open one of the loops and thread the opposite end completely through the loop. The tow rope has two identical ends so it does not matter which end you choose.
Lead Bike – Take the end you threaded through the loop and place it onto a secure structure on the lead bike. Most people choose to open the loop and put it around the nose of their saddle/seat. Do this from underneath the seat so that the rope is not caught when you sit on the saddle.
Attaching with Quick Loop & Carabiner
Trailing Bike – There are two ways to attach the Quick Loop to the trailing bike.
Method One: Take one loop off the carabiner and thread it around the handlebar stem of the trailing bike. Put this small loop back onto the carabiner. Taking one end of the main tow rope, open the carabiner and slide the loop on. You will now have 3 loops on the carabiner.
Method Two: If the carabiner is on the Quick Loop remove it. Place the small Quick Loop around the handlebar stem. Open one of the loops and thread the opposite end completely through the loop. Attach the carabiner to the end of your main tow rope. Now take this end and attach the small quick loop on the trailing bike to the carabiner. See photo below.
Lead Bike – Take the free end of the tow rope and place it onto a secure structure on the lead bike. Most people choose to open the loop and put it around the nose of their saddle/seat. Do this from underneath the seat so that the rope is not caught when you sit on the saddle.
Inspect the fabric and attachments for wear & tear before every ride. Inspect the structures you choose to anchor the tow rope to every time you attach the tow rope to bikes.
The tow rope 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 behind the lead bike. Disconnect before going down hill.
Practice slowly at first and focus on clear communication techniques. 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 of stopping or any slowing down. It is also really important to let the trialing rider know about any down hill sections – they may have to use their brakes to stay behind you. Remind them every time with clear instructions, like “brake now”!!