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Old 09-29-05, 07:38 AM   #1
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Co Mo Periscope Co-Pilot

Anybody have one of these? Does it handle well? Looks as if it would pack real nice, but I don't want a glorified Bike Friday. I can buy one of those for a lot less.
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Old 09-29-05, 09:04 AM   #2
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From everything we've heard from the folks who have ridden the upcoupled versions, nice design, but not super-stiff. The uncoupled trident is VERY flexible, but a good captain can manage through it. In fact, one intrepid / strong and lightweight couple from Chicago teamed up with a superstrong, very short stoker and attacked Clingman's Dome:

Distance to the summit: 20.24 miles
Elevation Gain: 4645 feet
Total Climbing: 5246 feet
Average Grade: 4.35%
Max Grade: 12.0%

FWIW: I believe this same green Trident will make an appearance at STR for the Friday ride...

So, at least based on what I've heard from friends who've captained and stoked on these, they seem to be ideal for adult captain and small stokers or sto-kids, and adaptable for average side adults who aren't looking for a race bike. They provide a very nice, semi-conventional looking "family tandem" that is far better than its peers or many less expensive and older tandems, but there are some trade-offs on frame stiffness due to the frame design. Couplers would definitely increase the frame's stiffness. If we had young kids, no question that we would be taking one for a test ride.

Bottom Line: Test ride and then decide.

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Old 09-29-05, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks. About what one would expect, but good to hear from an end-user. Test drive in the works.
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We have the comotion periscope and love it. Sometimes I ride with my 9 year old girl. sometimes I ride with the big 12 year old boy. Sometime my wife and I are on it. And even on occasion my wife will captain with one of the kids on the back. Itís obviously extremely versatile, looks and handles well also in my opinion.
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Old 09-30-05, 04:43 AM   #5
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Thanks Nachoman... I'll be getting jealous of your weather pretty soon. Felt like Fall here yesterday.
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