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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Took out the Mule Train for it's first ride today.

    Took the Kettweisel's out to Lakeside Park today. It took a bit of figuring but we managed to get both inside our Honda Element. Unloading, reconfiguring and hitching them together and changing shoes is about a 15 minute process. That's not too bad.

    We didn't ride very far but our trail included a short unpaved under construction section. The Ketts handle rough roads much better than I expected. I don't have a speedometer yet but I'm thinking our average speed was comparable to what we had previously managed on the Screamer. All-in-all, I'm satisfied.

    (Mule Team stands for Missouri Union of Longbike Enthuiasts. It must be a tandem club because it certainly isn't an organization. I'm happy that linking 2 Kettweisels together into a train keeps us qualified members.)

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    pics or it didn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    pics or it didn't happen.
    Hi Al,
    I would enjoy seeing pics too.

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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    pics or it didn't happen.
    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Hi Al,
    I would enjoy seeing pics too.
    I'm sorry. I futzed with the process for about a half hour today before getting too frustrated to continue. I know that it's a simple process for most of you and that I'll eventually figure it out, but today isn't the day.

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    Do you plan on packing the wheel to take along for those times you just want to cruise around a bit separately? How easy are they to get past a MUP blocking post or gate in partial closed position?

    If you're ever in the area, I'll offer my services as amateur photographic documentation specialist! I owe you one slice of pie in any case!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    Do you plan on packing the wheel to take along for those times you just want to cruise around a bit separately? How easy are they to get past a MUP blocking post or gate in partial closed position?
    Rear tread width is 34 inches. I don't know how widely spaced the posts are on the Madison County trails, but I don't have enough confidence to ride through the 36" doorway into my shop because I can't see the rear wheels. I'm thinking the posts on the Madison Country trails are a little less than 48" apart. That would be easy with a single Kett but might be a little dodgy with two linked together, especially the gates that are located on a curve.

    The 20" front wheel has a QR so packing it along in the car isn't an issue. We haven't worked out what kind of bags or whatever we want for a typical day ride but I kind of don't picture us carrying the extra front wheel with us while we ride. I definitely think that we'll want to bring it with us in the car for a week long vacation.

    I'd definitely be up for another ride together sometime either with or without pie. We generally do either a 28 or a 32 mile loop that starts and ends at the Culvers on Horseshoe Lake Road.

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