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Old 02-24-10, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ellsworth Ride Tandem (Double Ride)

I finally received my Ellsworth Ride Tandem. I've been riding it around solo trying to tweak the saddle height, handlebar angles, etc. I still have to convince my wife to ride stoker. I'll try to attach a pic.

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The pic is actually from Ellsworth. My bike looks pretty much the same except for a few minor differences.
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Man, dat's one phat ride....

Congrats and enjoy.
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Find the nearest dirt road . . .
Enjoy the ride TWOgether!
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Gorgeous!
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Kewl! That one definitely qualifies for the monthly "Freak Bike Ride"! (Actually, ALL tandems do! The ride is for any "unusual" bikes. Their t-shirts proclaim, "Simple People on Stupid Bicycles!")
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that thing rocks!!!

I want one!
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Kewl! That one definitely qualifies for the monthly "Freak Bike Ride"! (Actually, ALL tandems do! The ride is for any "unusual" bikes. Their t-shirts proclaim, "Simple People on Stupid Bicycles!")
http://www.handsonbicycle.com/
The Ellsworth is pretty sweet. Different, but in a good way different, on the color. I like it.

Onegun, are you involved much with the Freakbike Militia? Kenny P, the one that organized, and seems to be the grand PoohBah is a friend and local rider. Great guy and longtime cyclist.

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I finally received my Ellsworth Ride Tandem. I've been riding it around solo ... I still have to convince my wife to ride stoker.
Bold move purchasing a tandem on spec, trusting you can inveigle your wife into stoking. Do you have an alternative stoker should your wife remain reticent?

I didn't see this model at the Ellsworth website, although such a tandem was shown at Interbike in 2007 and 2008. Does Ellsworth sell this model, or have you purchased the show veteran?

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Looks like it needs a Harley V-twin in it.
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Bold move purchasing a tandem on spec, trusting you can inveigle your wife into stoking. Do you have an alternative stoker should your wife remain reticent?

I didn't see this model at the Ellsworth website, although such a tandem was shown at Interbike in 2007 and 2008. Does Ellsworth sell this model, or have you purchased the show veteran?
I'm still working on getting the wife to agree to ride stoker. I'm pretty sure she'll come around.

I originally heard that they were building a Ride Tandem in 2008. I called Ellsworth and ordered one in the Fall of 2008. There has been several delays in manufacturing / shipment and the first batch of the bikes have just arrived. I think mine is one of the first ones delivered.
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Onegun, are you involved much with the Freakbike Militia?
We just show up for the Clearwater contingent's ride occasionally. Guess it was started by someone who used to live in Miami and was involved with the original group. The rides are a lot of fun, and all about the pizza!
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Looks like it needs a Harley V-twin in it.
Naaah! Just a raked and extended front end!
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Research tandem riding. There are some great sites with great info. Read up. Find out what you wife's concerns are, and you will probably find something on line that will address them. Be sure on her maiden ride that you pick some place safe, and that you feel comfortable. See if you can find a cycling buddy that will ride stoker so you can get a feel for it. It's quite different than a "half bike"

The worst thing you can do is take her out if you are not confident. Also, make the first ride easy and enjoyable. Go out for coffee and pie. I made the mistake of taking my wife out on a club ride 37 mi. first time out. She slept all day!
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I don't get it.
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I saw a tandem that looked a lot like that a day or two ago' in Lake Forest, CA.
Probably not an Ellsworth; as the truck it was in is worth less than most of their bikes.
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To Bobthib - Thanks for the sage advice.
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I don't get it.
A few years back Rans came out with its 'crank forward' design as the hybrid and comfort bike market began to see a resurgence. However, as if often the case, not everyone who rides an upright bike finds the experience all that comfortable. The traditional 'solution' to comfort was a recumbent; however, there are certain stigmas and style issues that come with 'bents that make them a tough pill to swallow for the average consumer just looking for a bike to ride. Call it the vanity-factor.

Anyway, 'crank forward' designs simply adopted a riding position that's at a 1/2 way point between an upright and recumbent bike, so that riders get some of the additional comfort of a recumbent while still riding something that looks more like an upright bike than a full-on bent. Bicycle designers all realized that the crank forward design looked 'cool', Harley-esq and a lot of laid back cruiser bikes hit the show circuit during the following year. Ellsworth's Ride is a little bit of both: laid back / crank forward & cruiser w/some of the newer technology thrown in, e.g., internally geared rear hub shifting, disc brakes, etc.. The frame is mostly an exercise in design: make a tube that's fat enough and you can get all kinds of crazy shapes to work.

Again, I think the Ellsworth Ride Tandem is pretty cool and as you'd expect, I even had a Bulletin Board item it back when they debuted the bike at Interbike. Like most radical tandems, the Ride Tandem was created to draw attention to the Ride single bikes... which it did. They always do. In fact, that's how the first Ventana full-suspension off-road tandem came to be: it was a one-off show piece designed to grab attention and make the bicycle industry take note of the Gilbson/Turner MFS rear suspension back in the mid-80's at Interbike. It just so happened that the show bike became a race bike and then folks started to ask for 'em. 1,000 or so tandems later, the Ventana El Conquistador remains the most successful and popular full-suspension off-road tandem and it's now even available as a 29er.

Rans sells a tandem called the Dynamic Duo which is probably what most folks who have seen a crank forward tandem encountered.


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To Bobthib - Thanks for the sage advice.
Let me make it a bit easier for you to find....

http://www.thetandemlink.com/Learnin...l#anchor356041
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