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Old 11-05-07, 09:44 PM   #1
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How do you put it on your car?

To big to go inside with my lady having to lay down [bad back]
To heavy for me to put on the roof on my own.
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Old 11-05-07, 09:47 PM   #2
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I have seen spring loaded roof racks strong enough for tandems. The rack pulls down to the side of your car where you secure the bike to the frame. the tensioned springs provide most of the force to lift the bike up to a flat position on the roof. The is a shop in Orange County, CA that specializes in all sorts of roof racks. They may have one. Ask in the SoCal forun.

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Old 11-06-07, 12:25 AM   #5
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Interresting.... I'll see if I can track some down over here.
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Old 11-06-07, 08:32 AM   #6
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I used one of these http://www.atoc.com/ before I got my truck.
Made by Atoc and sold thru Thule also. I'll be selling mine but won't ship.
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Looks good, yu will get some stares down the road. Do read this thread if you did not see it regarding garages and other low hanging fruits.

Roof Rack + Garage = Sadness
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A minivan is the ultimate tandem accessory.
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A minivan is the ultimate tandem accessory.
Much, much, much easier to put our Tandemania Comp right down the middle of our Mazda MPV than on top of it. Did I mention that it is much, much, much faster, too?
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Rocky Mounts Tandem rack, I can put our tandem on top of the car by myself. take a look at the description here: http://www.rockymounts.com/tandem

Don't know if its available in Australia but it was much cheaper than both the Yakama or Thule tandem mount.
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Toss our tandem inside our Honda Accord station wagon.
For long hauls remove 1 or 2 wheels.
Short hauls, let front wheel dangle out of rear of car, put some padding on wheel, put bungee on hatch and pull it down, attach bungee to anchor bolt under rear bumper.
Takes less than 2 minutes . . . off we go!
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To big to go inside with my lady having to lay down [bad back]
To heavy for me to put on the roof on my own.
So...


Leigh:

That photo is hilarious... Good on ya for being innovative, having a light heart, and knowing how to stage a great picture.
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Tigger is easily loaded using a Hollywood folding trunk rack.
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Illusion? . . . . and a big '+' for having pedals OOP!
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...and a big '+' for having pedals OOP!
Oooohhh. Good guess but not so (that's the real illusion).

Read Leigh's other post (#7) at this thread:
Un-Synchronized Tandem?

+1 for "thinking outside of the square" Leigh.
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I like the look of the "Rockmounts' one... will look into that.... thanks

Having a freewheeling hub is the best for us...
someone said... >we hated being out-of-sync.<

but I say...
No that is not what happens...
we have only been ride as a pair for two months...
but within a few days we rode "in-sync"
My lady can see my legs go around and she likes to get in time.
The huge advantages are [for us]...
Starting off [remembering my lady is disabled] is very smooth [no delay while I clip my feet in]
I never jerk her by going backwards [even a little bit dose jerk]
And the big one is... she can rest while I keep going [in our case this is half the rideing time] she get out of the house and goes farther then she ever could before. We go places she couldn't go on her own.
So for us having freewheeling is the best thing ever!!
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well man... O think when I need to transport the tandem I'll just call you
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Amazing, that with some ingenuity, we can adapt a tandem into our lifestyles.
Give your stoker a big hug for being 'very abled!'
Pedal on TWOgether!
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Rudy and Kay.... I'll do just that

We're just back from a 10k ride and everytime is better then the last.
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A tandem on a motorcycle

Where does your stoker ride?
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You're going about it the wrong way. Get a very small car, a rear rack, and put the car on the tandem instead of the other way around.
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>>put the car on the tandem instead of the other way around<<
Now that is thinking outside that square...
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>>Where does your stoker ride? <<
Aammm... I haven't looked over my shoulder but I hope she's on the back.... if I've lost her I'm in trouble
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You're going about it the wrong way. Get a very small car, a rear rack, and put the car on the tandem instead of the other way around.
I would suggest this car:

http://www.microcarmuseum.com/video/p50.html

(If you haven't seen it, that microcarmuseum site is a cool site- takes a while to go through it)
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