Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
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Mark, do you remember a gadget long, long ago, that connected to the fork dropouts on the rear bike, and the rear dropouts on the front bike? I remember seeing ads for it in the back of Bicycling, and it seemed to be pretty short, with perhaps only five inches or so between the dropouts. The small illustration didn't allow for much observation of detail. The "tandem" was thereby rendered a three-wheeler with two drivetrains.
I had some interest in this, if only as a novelty. Seems like once people are on vacation, you can convince them to try anything, as long as you claim it is fun, thus the prevalence of unicycles and scooters at the start of some rallies, so it seemed to me that something that looked slightly dubious and slightly hazardous might have gotten tried at least once.
Tim Taylor effect: You can imagine stringing five or six of these in a row and having the captain trying for an Ouroboros award by catching the back stoker....certainly puts an economical twist on Independent Pedaling Systems.
If I get a few spare minutes this weekend I'll try and find one of those ads.