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    Most Dangerous ...Ebay

    Has anyone seen this thing? http://cgi.ebay.com/CONNECT-Any-2-Bi...QQcmdZViewItem
    This has got to be one of the most dangerous "tandem" items I have ever seen. It is amazing what some people will sell.......and buy I guess.

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    THAT'S FUNNY!!!

    We did that as kids using rope! Stopped being funny when we crashed!

    Also Dad used to tie rope on the back of his pich-up truck and tow several of us around at campgrounds.
    He was hard of hearing so when I fell off the bike one time, I had to watch in horror as Dad happily kept driving, unaware that we were yelling at him to STOP. The rope had snagged the handle bars and he dragged my bike about 200 yards befroe he realized I wasn't ON IT anymore.

    Hope the eBay sellers LIABILITY INSURANCE is paid up!

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    It does have it's uses. I noticed it has a safety 'release' when the rear bikes gets too far to the side. This could be used in bike-assist pole vaulting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggus
    It does have it's uses. I noticed it has a safety 'release' when the rear bikes gets too far to the side. This could be used in bike-assist pole vaulting.
    That was my first thought. The coolest thing is that once it launches you, it will detach. It's for safety!

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    And now, the irony.

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    When the device detaches safely or disconnects, it should be interesting to see what happens when it falls into the wheel of either bike…

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    I saw this "device" or at least a similar one a couple years ago when my wife and I were doing the CANDISC bike tour in North Dakota (about 400 miles over 7 days). Two teams of men were using them and they really liked how it worked. This was in the badlands sections of ND where there was a lot of hills and it worked fine for them.

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    We were riding the daVinci on a local century this past summer when a young college-age couple went whipping by using a home-grown version of the same. He had a sturdy-looking rack with two bungee-cords (in series) strung back to her handlebars. At the time, we were cruising at about 15 mph up a long, steady uphill; they must have been doing 20 or better. He looked to be a fast racer-boy; she definitely was not in the same league. Obviously this home-made contraption was doing the job they intended it for.

    Now, for many years I've joked at various times about bringing along a bungee to hook onto various stronger rider's saddle rails to help on the uphills, but I'd never actually seen it in action.

    Just about laughed my head off.

    Of course, I kept wondering what would happen if she slowed down just enough to let the mass of metal where the two bungee cords were spliced dip down just enough to fall into the spokes of her front wheel.

    Didn't seem like anything I wanted to be a part of, myself. On the other hand, we didn't pass any ambulances nor hear of any disastrous crashes for the duration of the ride. Perhaps they pulled it off...
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