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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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