The TowWhee is an effective and fun retractable bike tow rope that enables young ones to ride with Mom and Dad, without the stress of having to keep up or climb long hills on their own. Read the review for more details about why this is our favorite towing system.
BEST FOR: Beginning pedal bike riders who need a little help keeping up on longer rides.
Pros & Cons
- Small and compact, can easily be stored for use on the go
- Can be used with all ages and skill levels
- Keeps even tension when in use
TowWhee Review: Why it’s the BEST Bike Tow Rope
What’s a TowWhee?
The TowWhee is a tow rope for your kid’s bike. Often times, kids are old enough to ride single-track or even longer paved biking trails with the family on their own bike, but often need some help along the way. Whether is an extra push to get them up a hill or simply the ability for them to put their bike in “neutral” and take a quick rest, the TowWhee tow rope is the perfect solution.
How does it work?
The TowWhee contains a military grade bungee cord inside a 1,500 lb. rated webbing. It is small and compact, weighing only 5 oz., but when in use it can stretch up to 180″. It is designed to pull a 40 to 120 lb. rider, making it perfect for kids 4 to 13 years (or as soon as they are able to pedal a bike on their own). To use the TowWhee the strap is simply placed around the adult rider’s saddle and the headset of the child’s bike. The TowWhee then stretches slowly and soften to keep the proper tension and distance between the adult and child rider. The length of the TowWhee has been customized to stay taunt so that any extra slack won’t get caught up in the adult’s wheel. To ensure the safety of the child and the adult, the TowWhee should not be used when riding downhill.
TowWhee in Action
To get a good feel for the TowWhee, Kelly from Haven Outdoors, an avid mountain biker and father of 4 kids, tested out the TowWhee while mountain biking with his 7-year-old in the Wasatch Mountain in Utah. Here’s his review of the TowWhee:
Don’t scare your kids away from mountain biking with long climbs! Do yourself a favor and check out this helpful bungee style device from TowWhee. After a few rides with my 7-year-old son, I am a believer like a 3-year-old believes in Santa Claus.
My son is at the point with his riding where he has the skill and the confidence to ride some real mountain singletrack, however, some of the climbs required to get to the downhill sections ask more of him than his legs are capable of yet. The TowWhee makes small work of those climbs while still allowing him to pedal and work his way up and over rocks and roots building skills and endurance, yet making it easy enough on him that he doesn’t quit and give up.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it is to set up. Just put one end around the nose of my saddle and with the quick connect piece clip the other end into a quick release connected around the stem of his bike. At first glance I thought the TowWhee would have a rubber band effect and once becoming tight would sling him up into me. This was not the case. No boing boing going on here. The TowWhee keeps a pretty even tension through the entire ride and never felt awkward or cumbersome.
I also thought it would feel like I was towing a load of dead weight behind me but even when my little guy takes a break from pedaling it does not feel like I am dragging an anchor behind me by any means at all. I could usually never tell there was anything behind me while towing actually. I did feel a bit more tired than normal on a trail I have climbed 100’s of times but I still cleaned all the steep technical sections that are tough even without a kid in tow. The strap does a great job of distributing the weight effectively.
When it’s time to disconnect and begin the downhill the TowWhee is easy to remove from both of our bikes and I could easily fit it into my hydration pack, sling over my shoulder or even wrap it securely around the frame of my bike. One thing I would say is to just be sure your child is ready to go before you start pedaling. I started going before my boy was ready and pulled him over onto his side once. Rookie mistake. My son is asking when we can ride again instead of asking how much climbing is going to be involved.
The perfect solution for helping get your little groms out on the trail. The TowWhee gives them the independence they need and crave, while still allowing Mom or Dad to give them a boost when things get tricky.