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Old 01-18-09, 06:57 AM   #1
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Weird Ride

Walking back to the car after the opening stage of the Tour Down Under tonight, a tandem flashed past with the lady on the back waving to everyone and smiling. Nothing weird in that except that she was FACING BACKWARDS!

This tandem had been built with the rear cockpit facing backwards - bars, seat, the works. I guess she had to pedal backwards as well and they had a fair old cadence going.

Cripes it looked funny.

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Old 01-18-09, 07:58 AM   #2
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Was it a recumbent?

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Walking back to the car after the opening stage of the Tour Down Under tonight, a tandem flashed past with the lady on the back waving to everyone and smiling. Nothing weird in that except that she was FACING BACKWARDS!

This tandem had been built with the rear cockpit facing backwards - bars, seat, the works. I guess she had to pedal backwards as well and they had a fair old cadence going.

Cripes it looked funny.

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I've seen several back to back tandem recumbents.

On all the ones I've seen, the stoker pedals in the normal direction relative to the stoker.

I wondered what complicated linkage was required to convert the "backward" rotation of the stoker's chain ring to the "forward" rotation of the rest of the drive train.

When I got to see one up close, I had one of the "slap on the forehead," "of course," moments. It's amazingly simple, you just cross the chain so it runs in a figure eight.

I think the main advantage of a back to back tandem is that they can be more compact than a regular tandem. This is especially important for recumbents where the riders are stretched out. I have a tandem, recumbent tricycle and it's 11 feet long!

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Old 01-18-09, 08:07 AM   #3
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Riding in the rear-facing seat in my mom's station wagon used to make me sick when I was a kid. I wonder if it would be the same biking while facing backwards.
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Don't know about most folks, but I need to see where I'm headed!! Maybe the new technology will have them sitting backwards with a widescreen LCD display showing what lies ahead????
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Pics from the Tandem forum and the stoker does not have steering ability for some reason.
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Don't know about most folks, but I need to see where I'm headed!! Maybe the new technology will have them sitting backwards with a widescreen LCD display showing what lies ahead????
Having no steering responsibilities the stoker on a tamdem gets a much better view of the surrounding countryside - in every direction but forward. That's why the captain is well advied to announce every "bump".

Your post reminded me of another question: Those cars that have the rear view cameras - does the dash monitor display the view that you would get if you turned around and looked out the back or is it the view that you'd get looking in a rear view mirror?
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Here's a YouTube video of a back-to-back tandem. It does look odd.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:03 AM   #8
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Yep, that's weird!

Geeze, seems like something from "Alice in Wonderland", what would be the "improvement" over a normal tandem?
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Your post reminded me of another question: Those cars that have the rear view cameras - does the dash monitor display the view that you would get if you turned around and looked out the back or is it the view that you'd get looking in a rear view mirror?
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i love it!

i want a 'Flevobike'!

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