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    Tandem - Front recumbent, back upright

    I was riding on the Mount Vernon trail (Washington DC area) today, and saw a type of bike I'd never seen before. It was a tandem with the front rider in a recumbent position, and the back rider in an upright position. Front rider was a woman, the back rider was a man. Wish I'd had a camera and my hands free to take a picture.

    Anyone know what kind of bike that might have been? It was cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCFlack View Post
    I was riding on the Mount Vernon trail (Washington DC area) today, and saw a type of bike I'd never seen before. It was a tandem with the front rider in a recumbent position, and the back rider in an upright position. Front rider was a woman, the back rider was a man. Wish I'd had a camera and my hands free to take a picture.

    Anyone know what kind of bike that might have been? It was cool.
    Probably a Bilenky ViewPoint: http://www.bilenky.com/viewpnt.html which is a development of the Counterpoint Opus: http://home.earthlink.net/~veloise/cpoint.htm . Or it could be the Hase version of the bike: http://hasebikes.com/148-1-tandem-pino-allround.html

    Think that's cool? Take a look at the Bilenky Waltz: http://www.sandsmachine.com/a_bilt12.htm



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    that is a crazy looking bike. i bet it is fun to ride once everyone gets the hang of it.

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    There's also the Peformer Family Tandem.


    And the Hase Pino:

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    Jeff, I think it probably was the Bilenky ViewPoint, but with straight handlebars in the back, not the drop-downs. But I admit, the Waltz in your pictures is cooler still. Steamer, the bike wasn't one of the ones in your pictures, but I liked the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCFlack View Post
    Jeff, I think it probably was the Bilenky ViewPoint, but with straight handlebars in the back, not the drop-downs. But I admit, the Waltz in your pictures is cooler still. Steamer, the bike wasn't one of the ones in your pictures, but I liked the pics.
    Switching handlebars is no big deal, and Bilenky bikes are full-custom anyway.

    I rode alongside a Counterpoint Trio (the precursor to the Waltz) a few years ago at Portland's Bridge Pedal. The rear rider had a squirt ***, thus becoming a "tail gunner".
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    Seems to me that MBB front wheel drive for the front rider would be ideal on this kind of bike, with rear wheel drive for the rear rider. You'd then have independent transmissions for each rider, so you could both be in whatever gear you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Pete View Post
    Seems to me that MBB front wheel drive for the front rider would be ideal on this kind of bike, with rear wheel drive for the rear rider. You'd then have independent transmissions for each rider, so you could both be in whatever gear you like.
    As in...

    Prof. Bill Patterson's "WYMS": http://www.calpoly.edu/~wpatters/pic.html



    Gary Dinsmore's development of the WYMS (dual drivetrain tandem, front & rear suspension)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    Probably a Bilenky ViewPoint: http://www.bilenky.com/viewpnt.html which is a development of the Counterpoint Opus: http://home.earthlink.net/~veloise/cpoint.htm . Or it could be the Hase version of the bike: http://hasebikes.com/148-1-tandem-pino-allround.html

    Think that's cool? Take a look at the Bilenky Waltz: http://www.sandsmachine.com/a_bilt12.htm



    I like it. A stoker and a tail gunner.
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


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    All of the above look pretty well-executed. This one, not so much:


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    Wow, I didn't know there were so many variants of this tandem. We have the Counterpoint Opus. This shows us riding in a July 4th parade with our son when he was still young enough to fit in a child seat. Fun times...


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