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kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
*Many* years ago I recall seeing a couple of bikes joined
side- by-side so that both wheels were always parallel. It
certainly isn't as slick as a real tandem, but I think it
might be appropriate for my situation.

I've been looking for such a kit and I'm not finding
anything.

Anyone know what I'm describing? Does it still exist? Would
it be reasonable to use at high speeds? (I recall seeing it
used by an elderly couple.)

Thank you.

--kyler
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

Found it! (I tried giving up, but I *knew* I had seen it.)
http://www.thegrannybike.com/

So...how do you think a pair of bikes joined like that would
perform at ~30 MPH?

--kyler
post #3 of 7

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

In article <5buhi1-7kf.ln1@snout.lairds.org>, Kyler Laird wrote:
> Found it! (I tried giving up, but I *knew* I had seen it.)
> http://www.thegrannybike.com/
>
> So...how do you think a pair of bikes joined like that
> would perform at ~30 MPH?

Badly :-)

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post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

b17guy@aol.comjunkout (B17 GUY) writes:

>Do a search on Just Two Bikes they have a kit to join
>two bikes.

http://www.justtwobikes.com/dual.htm It seems to be
limited to a specific recumbent. Is that what you
were thinking?

Note that it looks like the right steering mechanism has
been disconnected.
http://www.justtwobikes.com/images/dual_lr_red.jpg With two
standard bikes, that's not nearly so easy. I wonder how it
would be to both have steering. My wife and I share dual
controls when we fly, but I can imagine that it would take a
lot more coordination to share steering on a bike,
especially on uprights where both riders are using
handlebars for some support.

OTOH, it would be handy to say "Your bikes" and do something
that requires looking away from the road for awhile. Time to
mount a computer...

--kyler
post #5 of 7

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

Thad O <not_that_o_but_olczyk@interaccess.com> wrote in message news:<l7kg50517qsbsh0fbifkoepc8hmgs4rq19@4ax.com>...
>
> And where would you ride at 30mph. Side by side riding is
> generally illegal on most roads, And many of the bike
> paths on the sides of streets in plcaes like Boulder, are
> just too narrow for this, and to still allow passing.

Ah, but it's not two bikes side by side, it's a quadricycle
when assembled.
post #6 of 7

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

brian_huntley@hotmail.com (Brian Huntley) wrote:

> Ah, but it's not two bikes side by side, it's a
> quadricycle when assembled.

When a human-powered contraption grows a fourth wheel, it
usually falls outside the legal definition of a bicycle. I
imagine most law dogs would ignore/be oblivious to this
little detail, but nonetheless, in most places you'd be in
possession of a vehicle with as much right to the road as a
shopping cart.

Anyone who could pedal that thing up to 30 mph deserves a
standing gig in Las Vegas.

Chalo Colina
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Re: kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

chumpychump@hotmail.com (Chalo) writes:

>Anyone who could pedal that thing up to 30 mph deserves a
>standing gig in Las Vegas.

It's quite appropriate that you'd mention Las Vegas, home of
Interbike. http://www.electricrider.com/wavecrest/tfm750.htm

--kyler
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