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Semi-recumbent tandem

Post by "A" on Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:44 pm

Anyone interested in one of these?





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Re: Semi-recumbent tandem

Post by Nightturkey on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:46 pm

Interested? Fascinated is more like it. Is this a one-off, or is there a factory somewhere that actually produces such a creature? And could I get a blue one?
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Post by "A" on Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:38 am

Semi-recumbent tandems have been made for years, I think the first ones are made by Bilenky:
Viewpoint is more recent model, Opus is older version:

http://www.bilenky.com/viewpnt.html

Then Hase Pino:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXwCxCizxWM

Both of which cost well over $3000 or $4000.

My semi-recumbent tandem (under $2000) was made in Taiwan by Performance Recumbent:

http://www.performer.com.tw/



No. it might not hold up for duties like 3-week long self-supported touring with camping/cooking gear but for around town grocery/breakfast runs it's been great for me and my 5'0" wife. Since the stoker sit in front, she doesn't have to stare at the back of my head, gets full view of the road.
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Post by Nightturkey on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:10 am

That is just plain cool. But tell me - why is there a GEICO caveman with a cowbell in your avatar? Razz
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Post by "A" on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:32 pm

Nightturkey wrote:That is just plain cool. But tell me - why is there a GEICO caveman with a cowbell in your avatar? Razz

That's no Geico Caveman, that's Will Ferrell, in the SNL skid with Christopher Walken: More Cowbell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_cowbell

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1017105/will_ferrell_cowbell/
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Post by R42Pilot on Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:28 pm

That's a pretty cool bike. Looks like it might be fun and as long as the wheels and components are decent quality, it should hold up to touring. Especially with a trailer.

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Post by Nightturkey on Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:30 pm

...sure LOOKS like a GEICO caveman...
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Post by "A" on Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:15 am

R42Pilot wrote:That's a pretty cool bike. Looks like it might be fun and as long as the wheels and components are decent quality, it should hold up to touring. Especially with a trailer.

Mark

Actually, the frame is rather soft, while climbing a steep hill, there is enough frame flex that I could notice with each pedal stroke.. maybe it's because the long seatpost.. I can't tell for sure...
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Post by R42Pilot on Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:24 am

"A" wrote:
R42Pilot wrote:That's a pretty cool bike. Looks like it might be fun and as long as the wheels and components are decent quality, it should hold up to touring. Especially with a trailer.

Mark

Actually, the frame is rather soft, while climbing a steep hill, there is enough frame flex that I could notice with each pedal stroke.. maybe it's because the long seatpost.. I can't tell for sure...

Yeah, I can see what you mean. I suppose it is more for just messing around kind of rides. Nice design, though.

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Post by "A" on Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:06 am

Hase make a titanium version:



About 14 kg and $9000 US.


Less expensive $5000 US model:

Hase Pino:



Mine was under $1500
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Post by R42Pilot on Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:37 am

You know what would make that a hot design? To make the steering for the recumbent rider an option. Yeah.

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Post by "A" on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:21 am

R42Pilot wrote:You know what would make that a hot design? To make the steering for the recumbent rider an option. Yeah.

Mark

That could be easily accomplished, replace the fork with longer steertube, and use similar steering column as my Vision R40:



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Post by R42Pilot on Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:41 am

Maybe.... The seat placement makes the steering pretty close to "the boys". It could be done, though, you're right. The Pino would be tougher, the head tube is completely under the seat.

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Re: Semi-recumbent tandem

Post by "A" on Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:27 pm

Raise the front end a couple of inches or less, put a USS fork attachment may work.
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