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    Need advice - being towed by bicycle

    Can anyone give me a good idea for a short tow piece I can use to hold on to my friend's bicycle? He really helps me out sometimes, giving me a tow home or most of the way. The problem is I have to lean forward to hold on to his bike and it really hurts my back.

    I want to come up with something I can attach to his bike that gives me a foot or two but if I lose my grip won't get wrapped up in his rear wheel. I'm pretty good at ropework and I'm trying to think up ideas but I sure could use some help if anyone already has a solution or an idea.

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    Thinking of involving a retracting dog leash? So that you have a 2 foot length, that if you let go, retracts to a 4 inch plastic unit attached to his seat post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjean423 View Post
    Thinking of involving a retracting dog leash? So that you have a 2 foot length, that if you let go, retracts to a 4 inch plastic unit attached to his seat post?
    Hm, that's a good idea. I hold on with very little force, usually just two fingers unless we hit a slight uphill. I will have to check out some retractable dog leashes, see how small and light I can get one. Though thinking a little more I'm not sure I'd have the control I need. Sometimes he swerves a bit and I need some body English to stay attached, don't want to be like a water skiier :-) Good idea though, I'll check out the leashes. Thanks .

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    the pro way is for the helping rider to come along side and put their hand on the small of the back , the seat back of their ass, if you really like them.
    That is the way the hard core riders will help someone who is having trouble on getting up a steep hill, or difficulty on the ride, or just want to hold their ass under pretenses of a helping hand or a push up the hill.
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    You don't get caster flutter at speed? Here are some dog/bike things someone recently recommended to me:

    May be custom made, to go out far enough in front for a full grown dog, or out at the side of you for a younger dog.

    http://arcticwolf.eu/products/bikejor-converter.html

    The brush bow attached to this scooter, could work for you, again you may need to get it custom made.

    http://www.dax-scooter.com/pages/fra...eset_order.htm

    When or if you want the dog running out in front of you you might want to change to a pulling harness to some thing similar below.

    http://www.ruffwear.com/Omnijore-Joring-System

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    Quote Originally Posted by metronycguy View Post
    the pro way is for the helping rider to come along side and put their hand on the small of the back , the seat back of their ass, if you really like them.
    That is the way the hard core riders will help someone who is having trouble on getting up a steep hill, or difficulty on the ride, or just want to hold their ass under pretenses of a helping hand or a push up the hill.
    I can't see how my friend who is high up, riding his bicycle, could reach down and push me from behind. He couldn't balance or steer. Are you kidding and I didn't realize it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grommet View Post
    I can't see how my friend who is high up, riding his bicycle, could reach down and push me from behind. He couldn't balance or steer. Are you kidding and I didn't realize it?
    no i should have picked up the wc in profile, but many people here do not use wc, may use afo'd and crutches, or usw a coimo of ctutches and w/c for longer trips. There area all kinds of diifferent solutions, or adaptabillity.
    but if usinf a w/c full time than if you can use a habd cycle, it would be safer to push not tow, for that matter i think anu=t possibility of a an ssit would be safer to be pushed not towed unless you need a view too, in which case both ens should have a quick release and maybe a bungie adaptions to keep the toe device out ot their wheels,chain derailler,easily do $1000+ damage on a road bike.device you will be using as in w/c and you have hills, public transit or hopefully soon
    So now that i now which some one wull hack together an easily rechargeable 3rd wheel to tow or push you up the hills unless there are a lot of bicyclist that way help. and still they will want ti push ,its a common manuever to help a team mate out . Maybe if your top rear sear bar was strong enough, make it look like a push zone, with good grip area and a flip down sign saying pushes greatly appreciated.
    Find a codee shop where the cyclist hang out and work a conversation up and ask them their suggestions, and also go into the local bike shop asking for the same advice. Bicyclist will help if they know help is wanted ,,especially if they are heading home and have some energy left .
    sorry about the seemingly dumbass answer.dont forget local college or high school mecnanical engineerinr calls for s project for them, and of course ycheck out MAKEzine.com or Instructableswww.instructables.com, its make or instructables,not sure how i did with url
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    this made me smile, got me thinking, back in the eighties I went to a show with friends, they had their german shepard with them and was holding him back, i said give me the lease, of course not realizing how strong he was, well he took off hauling butt and pulling me whereever he wanted, i finally had to let go right before i slammed into the side of a car, what a rush
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucec View Post
    this made me smile, got me thinking, back in the eighties I went to a show with friends, they had their german shepard with them and was holding him back, i said give me the lease, of course not realizing how strong he was, well he took off hauling butt and pulling me whereever he wanted, i finally had to let go right before i slammed into the side of a car, what a rush
    :-) My friend is a bit heavyset. He's also visually impaired and does very well but a couple of times I've let go when I thought he was about to run me into something. The thing I can't get over is how little effort it takes for him to take me a couple of miles. He says he can't even feel I'm back there and for me to push myself just wears me out. Getting a tow from a bicycle is great.

    With the summer coming and so many people out I've thought about asking a pretty girl for a tow with her bike. Not sure if they would just think I was weird. The thing is it really makes a huge difference for me when I'm trying to get home to get a tow.

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    Since you said you're pretty good at rope work, I'd suggest maybe braiding up some 550 para cord to attach to your friends bike and then attach a piece of shock/bungee cord to each end. The shock/bungee cord should be cut shorter than the para cord, so if you were to drop/let go of it, it would be able to quickly retract just enough not to get tangled up in any moving parts.

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