put our Heads Together
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Bikes: a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
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That idea had occurred to me. Part of the popularity of the xtracycle as opposed to a regular bike is that there's room for a lot of cargo down low. Putting stuff higher up means that it takes a bit more skill and effort to balance.
If you put your mind to it, you could definitely get a tandem bike set up to switch easily between single-person cargo bike and tandem. One possibility would be removing the pedals or buying folding pedals and keeping the cargo far enough left and right to avoid the cranks. But a stock tandem bike doesn't have attachment points in convenient places for cargo, you'd need to solve that somehow.