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Old 03-13-10, 10:22 PM   #1
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Pedouins on a quint

http://www.pedouins.org/

at the moment I think The Pedouins are within 100 miles south of Monterey.
once they arrive here in town, we are hosting them for a couple of days
complete with a light social/casual potluck/get together/fundraiser and hopefully media coverage

check out their website
and if you can, maybe toss in some support

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This family seem to be a group of opportunists. I am all for people traveling with their kids but to leave on a multi-month bike tour with $300 in the pocket is just as bad as a drug abuser panhandling on the side of the freeway. It is not right.
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This family seem to be a group of opportunists. I am all for people traveling with their kids but to leave on a multi-month bike tour with $300 in the pocket is just as bad as a drug abuser panhandling on the side of the freeway. It is not right.
well... we'll see
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So what does a bike like that cost? Wild guess 5K? More? Then you leave with $300... Then ask for handouts..... I suppose if they can find enough suckers... good for them.

This is a stinky thread.
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I recently spoke to a tourer who ran into them within the last week or so. The father told him the bike cost $18k and he wanted CoMotion to sponsor the family by giving the bike for free. I saw some of the photos they posted and as I don't know what the situation was at the time but those kids seems to be all over the place and everyone who took them in. One of them sure had a few birthday cakes. It looks as though they milked her birthday from person to person to get something for free. Someone even footed the bill for them to go to the Wild Animal Park in San Diego which cost at least $150. It is nice that people are being generous to help them as well as other tourist but to go out and seek it is taking advantage of others.

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Holy fart, a five seater bicycle?!?

now I remember something crazy like a 15 passenger bicycle, who's cruising speed was 45 mph, but a normal family owning a bike like that is incredible
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+1

They seem to be doing a great job getting bike forums and bike blogs to publicize their requests for donations -- this is probably the 6th or 7th time I've come across them.

It's always a good reminder that I could spare a few more dollars to give for Haiti earthquake relief. If you'd like to donate to a worthy cause, here's the Red Cross donation page, with links to both Haiti and Chile earthquake relief:

http://american.redcross.org/site/Pa...O_BigRedButton

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They seem to be doing a great job getting bike forums and bike blogs to publicize their requests for donations -- this is probably the 6th or 7th time I've come across them.

It's always a good reminder that I could spare a few more dollars to give for Haiti earthquake relief. If you'd like to donate to a worth cause, here's the Red Cross donation page, with links to both Haiti and Chile earthquake relief:

http://american.redcross.org/site/Pa...O_BigRedButton
yes, agreed that there are many ways to donate and/or contribute to a cause.
i.e. http://www.sss.gov/
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yes, agreed that there are many ways to donate and/or contribute to a cause.
i.e. http://www.sss.gov/
Better yet....http://www.peacecorps.gov/
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so turns out that this is a great family!
we've open the house, hospitality, etc...
all the kids play well together
and its another example of people going out to live a dream

its great to hang out talk bikes, camping and life On The Road
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Good for them.
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some media coverage...

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_14683757
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I don't know them to comment but the physics and logistics of superlong bikes and small kids freaks me out. I guess the 25-30miles a day reflects that reality. I remember riding down from Ukiah to Hwy20 on 101 and meeting a family on a custom triple towing their toddler in the trailer. I was 25 and fit, the parents in their late 20's. The set-up was impressive but all I could think of was what happens in a wipeout, how long it would take to scrub speed and how you'd want to limit speeds on descents. With a quint and that trailer the mass is huge and must have some hairy handling nature
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I don't know them to comment but the physics and logistics of superlong bikes and small kids freaks me out. I guess the 25-30miles a day reflects that reality. I remember riding down from Ukiah to Hwy20 on 101 and meeting a family on a custom triple towing their toddler in the trailer. I was 25 and fit, the parents in their late 20's. The set-up was impressive but all I could think of was what happens in a wipeout, how long it would take to scrub speed and how you'd want to limit speeds on descents. With a quint and that trailer the mass is huge and must have some hairy handling nature
very true
skill is the word

this family is amazing
to undertake an adventure like this just makes about any other tour pale in comparison
simply put it comes down to will

this is a family that has built and paid for their house in Mt. Vernon, Ky
no debt
and bought a Co-motion quint!
holy smack
can you possibly imagine the order of significance of that in comparison to their house... its amazing.

then to set out cross country

I was more than happy to help the family out
they are top notch people

they are not jocks
they don't knock out double centuries

what they do is follow a passion for cycling
and seeing the country from the perspective of being on a bike

their trailer burnt down, from a home made GPS device that was donated to them
they've had countless obstacles to over come
which ultimately reflects their resilience

I'd like to think that I could possibly undertake a venture of this nature
but with a wife, and 3 very young kids? that in its self huge
much less to have the focus to actually buy land
build a house, and pay for the building supplies along the way
which in the end leaves them a fully paid for house
then to sell off their car
and to rent out their house, which runs off of solar for the most part

its huge
they are awesome.

the bike...
well... yes, its 14ft long
its over 100lbs
and they pull a Burley Nomad Trailer with a Cargo Rack

they are an inspiration, to say the least
when we wine about a steel bike
or lust for a high zoot fast bike
light weight camping, etc...

think of this family

personally i've done a fair amount of touring
seeing hobos
jocks on vacation touring the coast
veteran tour riders

but really...
a family of 5 on a bike?
thats unique.

in the morning the Pedouins roll out (www.Pediouns.org)
Velo Club Monterey has done a great job in welcoming the family to our area
we were so happy to bring things together for them.
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turning corners would take an entire lane
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Thanks for that AsanaCycles! We get the standard reaction sometimes too - kids don't belong on bikes... kids should be back at home in a classroom.... etc... etc... etc... We feel the best life we could ever provide for our kids is out traveling the world on bicycles. They've learned way more than they ever could have any other way.

We used to tour with a triple with a trailer - it was very long and difficult to control in some ways. That being said, we made it and all was well. There is a learning curve, but not unsurmountable!

I am thrilled that the Pedouins are out there showing us all that we can tour with kids. Wish more families would hit the road...
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That's awesome.
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I've been following them on the web the whole way and even rode a day with them in Southern California.
It really is quite an adventure that they are on.
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