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Old 04-12-11, 06:50 AM   #1
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Tandem Follow Me Wobble without kids bike

I recently got a Tandem Follow Me http://www.followme-tandem.com/english/index.htm . It was easy to install and works really well for towing a kids bike (currently a 12 in wheel). When the kids bike is installed there is no wobble and it's really rock solid. When the kid's bike is removed and the attachment remains on the adult bike it starts to oscillate and set up a resonance, so much so that I cannot relax my hands on the handlebars or the front wheel starts to oscillate wildly. Its manageable, but quite a shock the first time it happens.

If anyone else has one, Id like to know if you experience a similar problem and if you've found a solution.
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Old 04-17-11, 01:50 AM   #2
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I am sorry to hear that. I haven't used one, but have really been wanting one.
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Old 04-18-11, 05:21 AM   #3
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I am sorry to hear that. I haven't used one, but have really been wanting one.
It works really well for towing, and it's easy to fully remove from the parent bike if you have no need to tow at the time. I plan to use it for commuting to daycare then to work. Most of that would be to work without the kid bike, about 1/2 hr. I rode that and it was fine. I suspect that long rides would be tiring to the arms for stabilizing the bike.

I did some experimenting this weekend, and I can reproduce the wobble standing still by simply oscillating the hitch side to side. So, it appears to be a resonance of my frame with the weight. When I have a chance, Ill try it on a different bike to see ot itoccurs there also.

Structurally, the hitch itself is very solid and does not noticably move relative to the frame, which is why I suspect the resonance is a function of my weight, geometry.
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