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post #1 of 9 Old 06-09-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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New "Two Up" Set of Wheels

Years ago the wife and I had one of these, sold it with the intention of getting another. It didn't happen until a couple of days ago when this was delivered in a box to my home. Three hours later we were peddling our butts around town. What a hoot. I love it. We can't walk or cycle together as I'm always too far ahead so this should solve that problem.



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Nice acquisition. I've always thought those things were cool.



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That is neat!
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Nice looking bike! I heard they are hard to drive. Is that true?
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nah they arent hard to drive, i remember when i was about 12 me and my then 65 or so yr old grandpa who has since passed took an all day trip around town. we came to one section in the bike path where some kids were jumping thier bmx bikes on a dirt ramp they had built, pretty good sized table with about a 3 1/2 foot lip. so we sat and watched them for a while until my gramps turned around and says "lets jump it" so not thinking i said sure we can make it. so we peddled like the hounds of hell were at our heals until just before we hit the face of the jump. we coasted at speed for about 2 feet hit the face and immediatley stalled dead in our tacks which sent my gramps up over the handlebars and onto the top of the jump, he did a perfect flip and landed flat on his ass sitting down, i held on and tipped over with the bike on top of me. and the kids laughed and laughed, i gotta say we were laughing pretty hard too.

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nah they arent hard to drive, i remember when i was about 12 me and my then 65 or so yr old grandpa who has since passed took an all day trip around town. we came to one section in the bike path where some kids were jumping thier bmx bikes on a dirt ramp they had built, pretty good sized table with about a 3 1/2 foot lip. so we sat and watched them for a while until my gramps turned around and says "lets jump it" so not thinking i said sure we can make it. so we peddled like the hounds of hell were at our heals until just before we hit the face of the jump. we coasted at speed for about 2 feet hit the face and immediatley stalled dead in our tacks which sent my gramps up over the handlebars and onto the top of the jump, he did a perfect flip and landed flat on his ass sitting down, i held on and tipped over with the bike on top of me. and the kids laughed and laughed, i gotta say we were laughing pretty hard too.
now that is a funny story.----not hard to drive but hard to stop or at least grandpa stopped hard.
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I'm also sorry about you losing your grandpa, but you have a good lasting memory of him.

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Nice looking bike! I heard they are hard to drive. Is that true?
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Not hard to drive at all. Just have to compensate for the extra length going around corners.

My issues so far have been:

1. A back seat driver.

2. When I ride my solo bike I am changing gears and keeping the pedals going most of the time. My wife when she rides solo however never changes gears. She likes to pedal and then coast. So what's happening on the tandem is we'll get going and I'm switching gears to keep the pedals going and she stops pedalling. This isn't a fancy bike that allows free wheeling in either seat. When the pedals stop they stop. I'm trying to push and she's trying to coast. I've got some training to do.

Maybe I should have got a

One fun thing I learned is that I can miss a pot hole with the front wheel and hit it with the back. There were a few groans coming from the back seat, LOL.

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lol pot holes are fun. but thanks grasshopper, lost him in 07 from luekemia. he went peaceful, it's kind of neat really. my grandpa was a machinist who worked making dye's for gears and other assorted things, everything was done by hand back then and it all had ridiculous tolerences for some of the things he made dye's for so he was always meticulous with everything he did. i tell you this backstory for the neat part. the night he died we were watching the cubs play for thier division or something like that( i dont follow baseball) but he was always a big cubs fan and they hadnt won this in many yrs from my recollection. anyway he dozed off towards the end of the game and they won, so me and my dad woke him up and told him the cubs won and this was the last thing he ever spoke: "that's good enough for me" pretty cool when i think about it.

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