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Old 05-27-07, 09:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever pulled another person for a long distance?

Just wondering if there are trailers or adaptations to make this possible. My buddy just ruptured his Achilles and we are doing RAGBRAI in July. I'm trying to figure out a way to either pull him or make it possible for him to still do the "ride". Any insights?
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How big is your buddy?

This is about the biggest I've seen, though I can't imagine this would be a fun way for either of you too do RAGBRAI.

http://www.wicycle.com/special.htm
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Can he ride at all? It only takes about 5 lbs of pull to keep someone in motion at a given speed. So, if he can get up to your cruising speed, you can pull him with a thin rope with very little effort.

A very clever bicyclist and bicycle science author by the name of Jim Papadopolis showed me this trick. He carries about 20 feet of butcher's twine in his pocket on long group rides. He then hands one end of the twine to exhasted rear stragglers and tows them for miles to the finish. I was impressed when he showed me this as one of his many fascinating bicycle tricks.
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Can he ride at all? It only takes about 5 lbs of pull to keep someone in motion at a given speed. So, if he can get up to your cruising speed, you can pull him with a thin rope with very little effort.

A very clever bicyclist and bicycle science author by the name of Jim Papadopolis showed me this trick. He carries about 20 feet of butcher's twine in his pocket on long group rides. He then hands one end of the twine to exhasted rear stragglers and tows them for miles to the finish. I was impressed when he showed me this as one of his many fascinating bicycle tricks.
Have seen this used but with a very strong elastic. I do mean strong in that I cannot stretch it much. It just takes the snatch out on the ride.
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While this year happens to be one of the flattest RAGBRAI's ever, you should see if you can borrow a child trailer from someone, throw an amount of weight equal to your buddy in it and see if you can make it 60-70 miles. My guess is you'll give up after 20 miles. I know towing our daughter with a loaded down trailer going to a picnic (total weight about 50-60 lbs including trailer) is a helluva workout even on the flats and forget about any major hills.

A secondary thought would be to just have them ride the sag wagon or be the bus driver for the week and have them do the driving from town to town if you're hauling gear that way. Then they can party with you every night still and just miss the ride portion.

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If he can ride at all
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Can he ride at all? It only takes about 5 lbs of pull to keep someone in motion at a given speed. So, if he can get up to your cruising speed, you can pull him with a thin rope with very little effort.
Stopping will be fun on a thin rope though.
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No offense, but the OP's friend just tore his Achilles, he isn't disabled. So it seems a little wierd to wrap him up in a trailer or in some kind of basket to haul his ass across the state. My advice is to forget it. It's unfortunate that he got hurt, but he will heal and he can do it next year. Like others said, he can still tag along by car or whatever, but it seems silly to try and haul him like an invalid.

On top of that it probably isn't the greatest idea for him to be risking further injury using whatever method you might devise.
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Stopping will be fun on a thin rope though.
ouch!
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There are up to 10,000 riders every day on RAGBRAI, you do NOT want to come up with some half-witted kluge to pull someone along in that kind of traffic. If he can't stoke a borrowed tandem, don't bother. (There are special configurations for disabled riders, but it's probably not financially sensible for one event one time.)
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Don't do it!!! Let him heal and you can ride together next year. It sounds to me like you just acquired a private SAG driver for this year.
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Stopping will be fun on a thin rope though.
WEEeeeee! You got that right! Of course, if your mate is too weak to even squeeze the brakes, you are better off dropping them off somewhere and picking them up on the way home.
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This got to post 11 before anyone even mentioned a tandem!

I think this is the best solution, but it will depend on whether your friend is able to soft pedal to keep from dragging you back (based on doctors instructions), and if this is possible, not applying too much pressure to his healing leg. I suspect that using the bad leg lightly would be impossible for most of us.

I think several people have hit the nail on the head... it is an annual event, have him wait for next year and do it right... unless there is another reason to make this year extra special it may not be worth the risk.
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