Overview: Bike with a Triangle Frame
A triangle frame is one of the best types of bike frames for towing your child. These types of bikes have a horizontal top tube that sits high between your legs and is often a preferred style for men. The frames are made from a variety of metals, for riding with kids, steel and reinforced aluminium is the best. All the bike towing options for the 4yr+ age work well with this bike design but we particularly like this bike with a tow frame or tow bar because the design of the bike suits attachment of these tows.
Type of Riding: these types of bike frames are used in a variety of environments from around town riding to multi day tour riding. Best match to commute, recreation & long distance tour riding.
Bike Tow Frame – Follow Me Tandem
The bike tow frame connects your triangle frame bike to your child’s bike. This is a great way to tow a child who needs assistance or help on easy trails or through traffic. It is an amazingly stable connection that effectively creates a tandem bike. This frame style is a great match to towing in a variety of environments.
The tow frame attaches at the rear wheel axel and you will find that for most bikes the attachment the trailer comes with will work (Tow Frames come with a Quick Release Skewer). If you have a modern bike, built in the past 4-5 years you may have what is called a Through Axel, please check your axel type and check availability of alternative axels.
Find out more about bike tow frame attachment: Will a Bike Tow Frame fit my bike?
Bike Tow Bar – Trailgator
The bike tow bar connects your triangle frame bike to your child’s bike at the seat post, this is a higher connection and therefore a bit unstable. The tow bar is a great way to assist for short periods of time. This frame style works really well with the tow bar and is the bike most often seen used with it.
The tow bar attaches from the adults seat post to the frame of the childs bike.
Find out more about bike tow bar attachment: Will a Bike Tow Bar fit my bike?
Bike Tow Rope – Tow Whee
The bike tow rope connects your triangle frame bike to your child’s bike in a dynamic way, meaning the connection is not rigid but controlled by an elastic bungy. The tow rope can be used in urban settings but the child being towed must be old enough to understand the risks. They are fully in control of their own riding and must stay behind the lead rider.
The tow rope loops around the adults saddle and loops around the frame of the childs bike at the front fork steering tube. It will be immediately under tension when placed on the two bikes but is not the best option for urban riding. It should never be used when descending on hills.
Find out more about bike tow rope: Using a Bike Tow Rope
Design features that cause issues: Triangle Frames
Triangle frame bikes can be used in a number of settings so are a versatile family riding bike, they are a great match to commute riding. But like all bikes some features can cause issues…
X-SMALL & SMALL FRAMES – if you are considering a tow bar then pay particular attention to whether you will have enough clearance over your rear wheel or any space to attach the bar.
29 INCH WHEELS – If your bike has 29 inch wheels then a bike tow bar is not a suitable option.
CARBON SEAT POST – If your bike has a carbon seat post then a bike tow bar is not a suitable option.
ELECTRIC BIKE BATTERY – Battery placement can be an issue with Tow Bars E-bikes that have a battery placed over the rear wheel may have problems. This battery position can effect your ability to attach a tow bar.