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Old 10-26-07, 01:14 PM   #1
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New one

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.
Next…
I put an electric motor on
She could get up the hill without worry.
But…
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.
Changed…
Wheels…
Front and back derailers
Brakes
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.

Out we go again and this time success !!

She loves it
I love it
We can’t get enough of it
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Old 10-26-07, 01:20 PM   #2
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Good job getting to a point that works for her

Those stoker handle bars are killing my wrists just looking at them!
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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.
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Keep the stoker happy (and riding!).
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Yeah the first thing I was going to change was her bars but she said she just rest her hands on the end of them.... Keep the stoker happy

So we were out this morning.... dog and all
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Old 10-28-07, 09:14 PM   #6
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Seems like you are quite handy . . . don't change the bars if she is content (keep stoker happy)!
P.S.: Does the dog pedal?
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Dogo can do 35kph and not get up a sweat,,,
He dosen't need pedals...
He'll run all day as long as these a bike beside him.

Did change her bars today... tomorrow we'll see if she likes them better... if not the old ones go back on
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Dogo can do 35kph and not get up a sweat,,,
He dosen't need pedals...
He'll run all day as long as these a bike beside him.

Did change her bars today... tomorrow we'll see if she likes them better... if not the old ones go back on
i hope you are not riding with the dog on a leash attached to the bike.
i read about an accident in one of the forums here. it started out as a fun ride that ended up really bad.

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No dog runs free,,, he'd pull your arm off if you had him on a leash
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New bars and happy stoker
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