- Towwhee vs elasticated tow ropes
I’ve been toying with the idea of a Towwhee to give my 6 year old a boost on the longer climbs. However 40 quid for a tow ropes
seems a little rich.
Came across these: Silverline Tools 425492 2 Ton Elasticated Tow Rope, Blue https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0757472WF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_dmhpDbB1T2DHPPosted 6 months ago
Which, apart from the connections (I’ve got a few quick draws that I can use) seem to do pretty much the same job. Anyone used one of these as an alternative?gecko76Subscriber
Yep, except mine’s a slightly different design, and yellow.
Swapped the heavy steel hooks for a couple of screwgate karabiners.
Kids love it, works great.Posted 6 months agoTroutWrestlerMember
I have made my own Towwhee style towing rope with 25mm tubular climbing tape and 6mm shock cord.
The 6mm has the best stretch to strength ratio, but this is actually irrelevant as the way it is assembled (tied!) the tape takes the strain before the shock cord reaches it’s elastic limit.
Works well with no bungee effect on my 5yo and 8yo.Posted 6 months agocouchyMember
Been looking at these so I’ll check out the cheaper options.
Last weekend out with my 6 yr old on a local trial and a guy came by doing 10-15mph towing his young lad with a solid rope….you can guess the rest he swerved round some walkers and pulled the bars straight out the poor kids hands. Really felt for the kid and once he had calmed down and brushed him off they carried on without the rope.Posted 6 months ago
Sweet! Cheers guys! So, for a non climber, tubular climbing tape = non stretchy ‘o’ section webbing type stuff?
And shock cord = bungee, basically?Posted 6 months ago
Thread shock cord inside climbing tape, then just fold the ends and stitch together? (And stitch a loop in the climbing tape?)MrPottatoHeadMember
Are people mainly using these for helping on climbs? Holiday in a few weeks time. We’re staying a good few miles from beach. I reckon we could probably make a one way trip under own power, but return leg might be stretching it a bit. As its all on cycle path wondering if I could drag my son/wife back (depending on who is moaning most).Posted 6 months agojonm81Subscriber
You got it Submarined. This is the stuff I bought:
5ish metres of 26mm Tubular tape
5 metres of 5mm shock cord
Run 2 lengths of ~2m shock cord through the tape (the ends of the shock cord is about 40cm from each end of the tape). Make sure the tape (minus spare for loops) is shorter than the fully stretched shock cord so the tape takes the load at full stretch. Stitch through the whole lot about 40cm from the end of the tape at both ends (leaves enough to form the loops). Then fold the ends over to make loops and stitch. It’s about 2.5m sprung and 4m stretched.
MrPotatohead – We use ours on hills she can’t get up and also if she gets tired and just wants a tow for a while. I have used it to tow my wife as well when she couldn’t be arsed to ride up the last hill home!. It works great. I wrap it around her steerer just above the head tube using a larks foot then hook the other loop over my saddle nose. Takes seconds to set up and is very stable.Posted 6 months ago
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