Long Recumbent, Short recombent, racing bike, MTB, beach bike,Tandem,Fixy.2 twentys and a folding bike
My lady has a disability or two.
She said she’d love to ride like me… with me and by herself.
Bought a new upright bike with easy step over and high handlebars.
She loved it but…
We live on top of a hill and while she could ride on the flats she couldn’t make it back up the hill. I lowered the gearing but still no go.
I put an electric motor on
She could get up the hill without worry.
As at the bottom of our hill is town, on the other side is a bike path but to get there one must go though town. As she can’t turn her head to the right [only left of center] she found this scary and we could both see it was only a matter of time till someone wiped her out.
So for a month or three I put my folder [one of my many bikes] in the car and her bike with motor on the back and drove her out of town then we had a ride and I loaded the bikes back on and drove home where I unloaded them again. We had fun but it was a bit of a chore instead of just hopping on our bikes and going for a ride.
“What about we get a tandem?”
This would solve many things…
We would be able to ride from home…
I could be the motor…
I can turn my head any which way…
I would be using the brakes [her hands have been giving her problems]
No more using the car.
But we’ve already spent a lot on trying things so we’d best start with a cheap tandem.
The cheapest one we could find was a “Beach Cruiser” on “E-bay”
Under $500 [Australian dollars**
It arrived and I put it together.
I could see straight off there were a lot of crappy parts on this bike.
So I donated one of my MTB’s that had good bits on it.
Front and back derailers
Gearing from 6 speed to 8 [on the back] up to 11/32
Gearing on front to 22/34/44
We went for our first ride…
She loved it but…
She had to keep pedaling if I was and this was to hard for her.
Back to the drawing board…
I put a freewheeling hub in her crank and changed the chain line so it’s all on one side.
See my Worksman review in the Clydesdale forum- I had some handlebars similar to that, but my hands slid down the handle when sweaty- nearly fell off the bike! I changed the handlebars to something straighter.