Shotgun Releases Tow Rope for Mountain Biking Parents

Nov 24, 2020 at 23:54
by Dan Necklen  
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Press Release: Kids Ride Shotgun

If your kid hates riding uphill, then the guys (and gals) from Shotgun have you covered.

Their new MTB tow rope is designed to take the hassle out of hill climbs so that you can tackle bigger adventures with your little shredder. The shotgun tow rope attaches to the parent's saddle – and is connected to the kid's stem via a shock-absorbing rope, which stretches to 11 feet (3.3 metres) when you’re towing a kid uphill.


The tow rope setup is rated to 500lb / 225 kg, which means it's also suitable for adults. And there's a rad hip-pack storage option too – which features an animal print from shotgun's 'Shred Til Bed' ABC kids book.


bigquotesWe're keen to help raise the next generation of mountain bikers, and we want to make riding with kids more fun. We're excited to release our tow rope, and we hope that it helps avoid many hill climb melt-downs!"Dan, Shotgun

Mountain bike parents can get the tow rope (or the tow rope + hip pack combo) from their local bike shop, or learn more at www.kidsrideshotgun.com. Price, $90 USD with the hip pack or $60 without.


119 Comments

  • 659 6
 I’ve been searching for a Christmas present for my wife for weeks, this will be perfect, I hate pedaling uphill and she needs the exercise!!!
  • 21 0
 I wish I could give this ten more props...
  • 6 3
 37 upvotes in 37 mins - well deserved.
  • 43 0
 Something tells me you may be doing a lot of pedaling on your own after Christmas...
  • 20 0
 @kfilenda: win-win???
  • 9 2
 Comment of the year!
  • 2 0
 Great idea! Sounds like you're buying a shuttle / uplift pass.
  • 3 0
 I think that could work well for both of you if you change up your sales pitch.
  • 1 1
 Classic! This and a Vacuum perfect gifts.
  • 5 0
 3 dislikes from wives
  • 2 0
 Clearly the passion phase of the relationship is over gifting practices. You may be better off getting her the 250 dollar stem alignment tool.
  • 1 0
 COTY
  • 2 0
 Would love to see her face while unwrapping
  • 5 0
 If this doesn’t get mentioned in the pinkbike podcast comment gold, then I’m going to buy a fat bike.
  • 2 0
 @texascrane: They might be the only bikes in stock.
  • 1 0
 @texascrane: Make that a PLUS bike!
  • 70 0
 Next feild test impossible climb challenge, @mikelevy needs to beast a tech climb with an over tired preschooler dragging behind him.
  • 11 0
 ... on the donut!
  • 3 0
 #reallife
  • 38 0
 Odd pricing... this almost identical version has been on the market for a few years and is $40:

towwhee.com/bicycle
  • 4 1
 FYI - For those that only want the tow rope (no pack), the pricing is $60.
  • 6 1
 @TylerJamesHall: or use a rope for 5 quid
  • 2 0
 If u really wanna go cheap u can connect a couple of these

www.amazon.com/AMEMEWA-Resistance-Exercise-Stackable-Workouts/dp/B088PFF5ZV
  • 11 0
 And the Twowhee is awesome. Perfect amount of stretch to let you give your kid a tow, without jerking them off balance. Every mountain biking dad I ride with now has one, uses it and loves it. If you live someplace where even beginner trails require a decent climb, it's really the only way to get your kids going before they're old enough to pedal themselves. Lets you go on way longer rides with your kids too .
  • 6 0
 Another fan of the TowWhee here.
  • 3 0
 @Jaib06: or a couple of old inner tubes
  • 1 0
 Cheers mate - no idea this existed and just what my 5yr old climb hater needs
  • 7 1
 Towwhee was great for dragging my useless ex fiance up long gravel climbs!
  • 3 4
 @dirtberms: The moment that breaks and whips your in the face is the last time they will ride with you.
  • 2 0
 Or use two tubes for price of free!
  • 4 0
 Have used the towwhee for months with my 6 y/o son. It is awesome. This product looks similar but for more $$. Great solution to get the kids mountain biking younger / give Dad an extra workout.
  • 1 0
 @jpcars10s: lol lol And for towing you up M hill with the Ebike!! lol Thanks again for it and we need to shuttle soon!
  • 3 0
 If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Towhee!
  • 19 1
 $90...for a rope
  • 5 0
 nope
  • 2 1
 @dakuan: @brom17 FYI - For those that only want the tow rope (no pack), the pricing is $60.
  • 1 2
 You could spend even more on rope for climbing, or sailing.
  • 3 1
 I can give you a old tube for free.
  • 1 0
 They must think us a dope!
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: plus 2 carabiners! Razz Haha
  • 14 1
 I use a Towee strap for my 5-year-old (he pedals as much as he can) and the Shotgun seat for my 3-year-old (strap the little one’s bike to my back). Surprisingly easy to do a lengthy climb. The Towee is a great strap and makes a big difference over a rope (too herkey-jerky). This new Shotgun strap looks even better because it’s easier than the Towee to connect/disconnect. Thanks, Shotgun, for innovating great products that help my family and I enjoy life all the more!
  • 9 0
 the towhee has a quick connect as well.
  • 4 0
 My towee has a quick strap connector. i just leave it on my sons bike all the time. And if yours don't, It's easy make one with some paracord and a carbiner which basically what the shotgun one uses.
  • 1 0
 @bornslippy: Thanks! Good tip. Much appreciated!
  • 10 0
 Taking my halfling on walks with her balance bike was a bit of a chore, till i found a discarded/lost dog lead in the woods. Now she's just gotten lazy. the slightest incline and the uplift tow-rope comes out.

She's going to be a downhiller.
  • 12 0
 They need to make this in a Lasso style, so I can throw it on an e-biker when they pass me.
  • 11 0
 Tied together inner tube anyone....???
  • 5 0
 I use two inner tubes tied together and it works well and means you have some spares with you just in case.
  • 2 0
 @fayton @skill7

Ah. Fellow Aberdonians ????
  • 1 0
 This is basically what I do, but I use one tube and two regular bungies doubled up. It gives a bit more stretch on take off to make it a bit less jerky.

I had every thing already, but even if I'd bought it all at a hardware store, it would have been sub 10 bucks (assuming I still used an old tube).
  • 11 3
 Thanks for the comments guys, we're pretty pumped about it – but also appreciate there are other / cheaper options out there too. Whatever gets more kids off screens and onto the mountain bike trails.
  • 6 2
 So, I'm not typically the person who comes on here and gripes about price... But here we go.
I litterally made one of these for about $8 and that was retail pricing. I bought 50' of 1" tubular webbing, and a 100' roll of 3\16" shock cord on Scamazon for less than $20usd. I had a roll of whipping twine and some sail needles already, but those are also available for just a few more $. I passed the shock cord through 12' of webbing, stitched a loop onto either end of the shock cord, stitched it into the webbing, folded the webbing over and stiched a loop in. So I have a webbing strap that runs roughly 3'-12' and has a SS swivel hook on either end (I had those from when a hardware store by me went out of business, I think I paid $1 each). I used a small section of 1/8" amsteel I had lying around to make a stem loop and clip the other end onto a seat rail. It's pink too so my daughter digs it.
Admittedly I spent a decade as a sail rigger, so I'm not intimidated by working with these materials, and have experience, so it was only like a 45min job for me. But $90 seems like exploitation. I think the MacRide version is only $45 too.

Parents will literally spend any amount of money to make it seem like they're doing something unique for their kid.

One warning, you can cause your kid to crash pretty easily with this set up. I've pulled my daughter over twice accidentally, she's only four but she's been riding a pedal bike since she was three and has been on a kick bike since she was 18mos. She's a little discouraged about being towed these days and I end up just riding next to her and pushing her up the big hills, rather than tow. I'm not a pushy parent, so I just backed off the whole tow thing for a while.

And to stow it, just wrap it around your seat post for Christ's sake.
  • 9 1
 ok so 45 minutes to make, what about your time running around to get any parts(zero if delivered).

So how long would it take to find these and order and then assemble for someone who does not have your experience.

If it takes them 2 hours total time and $20 in supplies then you are looking at 35.00 per hour paying yourself to make it. At 35 per hour there is a large portion of the market who would be like waste of my time to make it.

All depends on your perspective. Also if you buy one maybe you can sell it for $25 two years later.
  • 3 0
 @fabwizard: nailed it. Sourcing reliable materials, assembly, testing, quality checking, distribution: all costs (in both money and time) that aren't accounted for with the "too, expensive: I did it for 8 bucks!" arguments.

@bikesnboatsnjeeps, a high price isn't "exploitation" unless there is an anti-competitive monopoly fixing the price. It's just a price that will be proven out by the market. Already many examples of less expensive options have been surfaced, so if someone buys this new one, it's by choice. And if it does prove to be too expensive, either the price will come down as supply outstrips demand, or it will die completely.
  • 3 1
 Can't wrap it around a dropper...
  • 1 1
 @just6979: wrong. I have no issues just don't wrap it too tight. It's never interfered.
  • 2 0
 Or just use two tubes for free and zero time.
  • 4 4
 @fabwizard: zero time running around, I knew what I wanted and bought it on Amazon.
I don't know what you do, but my hourly rate is significantly higher, even after the boss gets his cut. But sweat equity doesn't cost anything if I spend my time infront of the boobtoob stitching a strap up.
I'm just saying you could drop $90 on this (plus tax and shipping) or $10 and have $80+ left for IPAs and skinny jeans.
Plus there's the satisfaction of doing it yourself. But that gets lost on the "need it now" generation.
  • 4 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps:

Unfortunately, my time is not unlimited so i have to choose what i have time to do or not. In this case, i did nothing, i just pushed my kid and then grandkid on the back with my hand so I saved the 90/8 $ .

Otherwise I would have just used a couple of old tubes and still saved.

Many people out there dont just make a financial decision they think, do i go on one more ride with my kid or do i spend that time making a tow rope????? Or do i buy one that is made for this and get that extra ride in anyway.
  • 5 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: his $35 hourly was an estimate based on known and estimated costs. Of course your rate is higher, and that's the damn point. Most people, who don't have your experience can't just sit in front of the TV and do the work. They would need to sit and focus and maybe spend even more time on it. Most people also wouldn't know exactly what to source: "running around" becomes a metaphor for the whole process of getting the correct supplies.

Sure, it'll cost you just $10 in supplies and the time cost is amortized over your whole life of experience that allows you to multitask and effectively minimize the labor cost (still not zero, because you could instead multitask on other things while watching the tube), but that's not most people.
  • 3 1
 @just6979: so is there no value in learning a new skill?
  • 2 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: definite value. But how much, and is the cost in personal time worth it.

Sorry, i dont want you to feel that i was against your suggestion to make one at all, but we all have a different cost benefit analysis.
  • 3 2
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: How many sub-par tow ropes are you going to build using your new skill? I'd suggest there's not much value in watching your friends pull their kids over unless you've got a crude sense of humor.

And is there no value to supporting a brand that produces innovative gear for parents wanting to bring their kids along riding? Tow rope is $60 (pricing above included a pack). Once you factor in your time and materials, the gap closes quite a bit. I hate it when people make this argument using assumptions that are clearly missing the point, any business worth a damn has to charge for more than just materials.
  • 2 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: trying to find where someone mentioned learning a new skill... Not seeing it.

There is a value, yes, but also a cost. The value doesn't come until the end. It will take a lot of time, and trial & error, and purchasing of materials and tools, if someone were to go ahead and learn everything needed to make a strong, reliable, and repeatable, bike leash.

All that to just make one or two leashes for your kids? Seems like maybe not a useful spend of time & money...

Yes, if you already have the skills, go ahead and make your own.

Shit, if you have forge and the skills to operate it, maybe you could even make your own carabiners and stop getting ripped off for the $5 'biners included in things like this. After all, it's just pennies worth of raw material (if you can buy literal tons at a time).
  • 3 1
 @TylerJamesHall: what innovation? A sub-par version of the MacRide and a rehash of a product that is already on the market for less money? I fail to see how this is innovation. Don't forget the $30 bum-bag!
The technique to hand stitch webbing seems like something that could benefit someone for years. And the argument that a homemade version is sub-par or prone to failure is mis-leading and ignorant. I've hand stitched strops for high performance yachts that experience repetitive dynamic loads in the thousands of pounds. I never had a failure or comeback, nor did any other rigger I've worked with. Machine stitching can be extremely dubious, having bobbin tension wrong or using the wrong stitching pattern is a recipe for disaster. Also when hand stitching you tie redundant finishing knots and heat finish the tread. None of which happens on a machine.
I'm sorry you over priced your attempt at the Towwee, I hope for the $15 up charge you at least produce it domestically from domestically sourced materials.
  • 3 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: You put it in there yourself. "I've hand stitched ...", you are experienced. 99.999999% of the population is not.

And with this generation not taking responsibility for anything, paying someone to take the liability for this product also has value.

If the tow rope fails and knocks your kids eyeball out. If you made it, kid is blind in one eye. If you bought it kid is blind in one eye and has college paid for.
  • 2 0
 So what you are saying is $60 is totally worth it, lol.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: enough with generational generalities. This generation is no different than any other generation. Some of them are lazy, some are not. Are they motivated by different things than I am? Sure, byproduct of the environment in which one is raised-including time period. The idea that someone born during any particular subset of years is somehow then by default one thing or another is just someone who wants to point and shit on others. Give your head a shake.
  • 1 0
 @VwHarman: I misused the word generation. I meant everyone from the age of 19 to 100 who will sue at the drop of a hat. Suing seems the answer to everything nowadays. So products have huge liability issues.
  • 6 0
 I use a surfboard leash. Just enough stretch to keep things smooth plus Velcro attachments on either end.
  • 6 0
 Shotgun Releases Tow Rope for dudes who’s mate has an E-bike...
  • 1 0
 I've heard of someone burning out their eBike motor doing this. Not sure of the "load" he was trying to pull.

#whoateallthepies
  • 2 0
 Spools of commercial grade bungee are $1 a foot. Most hardware stores sell it. A carabiner and some webbing you can make one for $10. These are great for including an enthusiastic kid. My girls love a good bike ride. I get a train of tag along bike and then one lashed to th tag along. I also added pegs to the tag along bike. I get a massive workout and they get some thrills, And ice cream or hot cocoa!
  • 1 0
 $10 plus time to go to the hardware store (or money to ship it), find the correct bungie, assemble the whole thing, test it, reassemble it when it snaps and leaves a welt on your ass, and then hopefully not $$ going to the ER when it snaps and leaves a welt on your kid's eye and you need to make sure they didn't get a scratch on their cornea or something worse.
  • 2 0
 In France, we have this solution : www.tirevelo.com/produit/tire-velo-xl

It's a very convenient and useful product, not really expensive either.

My kids and I love it.
  • 1 0
 Funny...we made one a while ago and it is in stock now. Been towing our kiddos on our e-bikes at Kanuga with them and more. Weevil Outdoor dot com baby. Just a touch less expensive too. We have a burrosak that you can hook it up to as well. It is in the house but not on the site yet.
  • 1 0
 Seems like a Towwhee rip off but then bungee cords have been around for ages.

Where to fellow Towwhee riders attach their end of the line two. I thread mine through my seat rails but do worry I’m going to damage my dropper internals in some way from the towing load. Any thought or negative experiences?
  • 1 0
 I think the system I used for my kids over 30 years ago was better. It was a retractable dog leash attached to my seat and a loop of stiff wire on the centre of the kid's handlebar. With a carabiner on the leash, I could ride beside the kid and clip on or off without slowing down. The retractable feature kept the leash out of the wheels. When I went to the pet store to get the leash, they asked what size dog it was for. When I said it was for my child they looked at me funny.
  • 3 2
 Two old tubes for free - www.pinkbike.com/photo/19777957

You can also wrap it lower around your seatpost collar to take the leverage off your dropper, which just doesn't feel right.
  • 3 0
 Check out the look on that kids face. You just know he is dragging the brakes when get can get away with it. I know my kids would and then fall over laughing.
  • 1 0
 @ckcbmrice: haha, he’s pretty good.. but I have taught him to drag brakes on purpose is some scenarios (flats or short slight downs) in order to keep the line tight and not get pulled into our wheels.
  • 4 0
 They have it backwards! My grom is unstoppable and he tows me uphill.
  • 1 0
 same 6 laps of bobsled or floppy bunny and he still wants to keep going and going and going dont know how i am going to keep up when he gets older
  • 2 0
 I’m sure the time will eventually come that rather than buying seats/two ropes to get my boys up the trails, I’ll be buying an evoke so I can keep up with them…
  • 1 0
 Seems that everyone has totally missed these guys traxmtb.com/en/trax-2 I tried with couple of friends, easiest thing ever and works flawlessly
  • 2 0
 Was just reading all these comments and thought how’s no one mentioned Trax
Retractable metal cord
My mate uses it on his Ebike to tow his kids and it’s not that expensive
  • 1 0
 @hainman: is not even metal, is a kevlar cord that automatically retracts after using it. Is so easy and lightweight, does not take any space, just install it and forget about it. Very handy for anyone having kids or even just helping someone in need due to maintenance issue or just tired on a long ride.
  • 2 0
 @elyari: looks an awesome product
I’m using a bit of rope for my fat mates hahaha
  • 3 0
 this is like repurposed stretchy dog leash but 4 times the price
  • 2 2
 How many of those dog leashes (and all those inner tubes everyone is shouting about) are guaranteed to not break and snap into your kid's face and take out an eye?
  • 1 0
 @just6979: if my dog leash can withhold my 110lbs great Pyrenees, I think I'm fairly confident it'll be fine for kids weighing much less
  • 1 0
 @chris: It's not about capability, it's about guaranteed capabilities. If there is an issue (manufacturing defect, damage in shipping, etc) and the dog leash breaks and whips your kid in the face or lets them fall backwards down a steep (for them) hill, it'll be way tougher to get a dog leash company to accept the blame than a company that makes actual kid's bike leashes.

It's also a different capability. Yes, a good dog leash can hold back a big dog on a walk or even if they lunge at something, but it's not necessarily going to excel at hauling the same big dog up a hill for extended times and repeatedly. Even the leash I have that is created from climbing rope that I know is very strong, I still wouldn't use it for hoisting or hauling because I also know it's not tested for that. The clips and stitching may have working load limits high enough, but they may not handle the continuous loads of hauling.

So yeah, you can use a dog leash, or a bungie cord that fell of a truck, or an old clothes line, and maybe it'll be fine for decades. But many people are willing to pay for something purpose built that brings a bit of peace of mind knowing that you haven't finagled something that is supporting your child.
  • 1 0
 Twice as expensive as what is currently on the market? But it comes in Turq so all the dentists can get pulled by an e-bike on their Yeti's.
  • 2 0
 Just found a perfect X-mas present for my E-bike riding buddy!!!
  • 2 0
 Damn, when I read the title I thought it was a tow line for parents
  • 4 2
 Two inner tubes and a carabiner works just fine thanks.
  • 3 2
 Yep... I use a couple tubes as well, works great.

Someone on here is downvoting (the inventor maybe?) all these good suggestions that are honestly great for families on a budget. I recommend upvoting the others.
  • 2 0
 That's cool too, whatever gets more kids on bikes
  • 3 0
 90 quid??? Behave!!
  • 1 0
 I can make this with rope, tyre tube and a carabiner I have lying around. Just saying.
  • 2 0
 Perfect gift to get my friend with an e-bike so he can tow me!
  • 1 0
 Well, I have been using a regular rope tied to my camelback, maybe not as fancy but it probably cost me $5
  • 1 0
 TowWhee strap is better, no need for metal clip to hit your 18 year burden in the scjneck when it snaps
  • 1 0
 I hope the next one has a lasso or a grappling hook on the end to snag any e-bikes coming past.
  • 1 0
 TowWhee is less then half the price.
  • 1 0
 So, a more cumbersome version of Kidreel?
www.kidreel.com
  • 2 0
 Copy of Towwhee?!?!
  • 1 0
 Could do with one of these in the Surrey Hills....
  • 1 0
 Great idea... price is ridiculous!
  • 1 0
 This thing makes me think of skijoring.
  • 2 0
 Dirt bike compatible?
  • 2 2
 Use a slackline so some hot girls can balance on it
  • 1 0
 Tell your kid to HTFU
  • 1 0
 E Bike towing kits
  • 1 4
 This tow rope would be a lot nicer when used with my beautiful ebike that is currently in the buy and sell. PM for more info!

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