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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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    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 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 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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    I am wondering if you use a Freewheel. (Not sure how you would reach bicycle speeds without one).

    You might check out how I hook up a tug line to my wheelchair for my dog to pull me (photos on my profile). I don't use a quick disconnect with my dog but I probably would want one if a bicycle were pulling me. (I can grab the wheels and stop my dog; not sure I could do that with a bicycle pulling me). The tug line stays connected to my wheelchair all the time and when I want the dog to pull me, I put on the Freewheel, slip the tug line through a ring that keeps the tug line from dropping down too low and then attach the tug line to the dog's harness.
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