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Old 07-14-13, 12:55 PM   #1
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Does anyone know what this is?

I have searched the internet far and wide with no results. Thanks!

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Old 07-14-13, 12:59 PM   #2
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menage a trois? NNTAWWT
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Thank you for your eWit but I am searching for FACTS. My father was thought to ride on one of these three person creations and I believe one of the riders pictured here might be Him. It is exceedingly important that I find the TRUTH.
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I couldn't tell you,, but I really like the back ground with the mountains!!!I hope you find your father,,,,,
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Looks like a one of a kind bicycle. Very cool.

Which person do you think was your Dad?
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I smell B.S. and even if its not that is the dumbest bike I've ever seen, I mean come on, whats the purpose? Every thing I see in the pic serves absolutely no purpose!? If they were clowns OK, I get it, but they're not. Its just doesn't make sense.
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I mean come on, whats the purpose? Every thing I see in the pic serves absolutely no purpose!? If they were clowns OK, I get it, but they're not. Its just doesn't make sense.
This is Alt-Bikes. Asking what the purpose is for a bike in this forum is kind of silly, really. The purpose is to see if it can be built. I like how the three cyclists are attached at the chainwheel, without intermediate chains. You have to admit that having 3 cyclists whose power strokes all vary with the angle is going to smooth out the power to the wheels, a smaller flat spot to the power curve.
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From this page, http://www.futurebike.ch/FB_Web_WM99.../pictures.html, I find another picture of this same rig described as "The french tridem team (taken from the Swiss Newspaper "Sport")". I don't know who wrote the headline, but there is a possibility that it was written to poke fun at the French, and that the bike pictured may or may not be French and may or may not represent a team in any organized activity.

The picture file you posted was labeled "tridem". "Tridem" is not a conventional bike term. But it appears to be a foreign word (German, maybe?) describing any 3-person bicycle. In the US, we'd normally call that a "triple tandem" or "tandem triple" or "triplet". I would suppose that the picture you posted was somebody's one-off novelty design. If all you know is that your dad routinely road a "tridem", it's probably not this style, but a conventional 3-crank bike. If you know your dad rode a 3-person bike with single crank, I'd say there's a good chance it is this one.

(It may not be obvious at first, but the novelty in that bike is that all three riders use the same crank, which dictates the bizarre seating pattern.)

I found two or three other images of the same rig, one of which shows the faces, although it's a low-res picture.
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This is Alt-Bikes. Asking what the purpose is for a bike in this forum is kind of silly, really. The purpose is to see if it can be built. I like how the three cyclists are attached at the chainwheel, without intermediate chains. You have to admit that having 3 cyclists whose power strokes all vary with the angle is going to smooth out the power to the wheels, a smaller flat spot to the power curve.
Agreed, alt bikes all have a purpose.
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I'd like to see a close up of how that crank is set up. I like the crazy stuff people dream up.
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Guess its a 6 foot engine ..
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I'd like to see a close up of how that crank is set up. I like the crazy stuff people dream up.
That was the first thing my rational side homed in on, too. Small photo, but I think I see some photo retouch nonsense going on in the pedal/crank area.
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Agreed, alt bikes all have a purpose.
I sense a little sarcasm there. .

Just for that, here's another silly bike.

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