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Funky Tandem (Revisted)(7 posts)

Funky Tandem (Revisted)Kristin
Oct 29, 2001 8:09 AM
After a conversation at the Hilly Hundred (tons of tandems), I realized I may have been not explained this thing correctly. I thought I'd take another stab at discribing this quite-unique tandem I encountered. I'm still curious about it.

In the old thread (couldn't revived it), out of phase cranks were discussed. But as I understand things, this would have been out of phase cranks with a twist. A 180 degree twist to be exact.

Picture this. BOTH of the captains feet are at 3 o'clock at the SAME TIME. While BOTH of the stoker's feet are at the 9 o'clock position AT THE SAME TIME. To accomplish this on my road bike, I'd rotate just ONE crank by 180 degrees. (Is that even possible?) It looked like something you'd see in a circus.
Oct 29, 2001 8:31 AM
I can't think of anything to say other than that it sounds completely stupid. Regardless of being out of phase with the other rider, keeping both your feet together would mean you'd be hopping up and down like a pogo stick, wouldn't it? Sort of goofy.

re: it's possibledzrider
Oct 29, 2001 12:01 PM
I did it once by mistake replacing crank arms. After I stopped laughing at myself I couldn't resist trying it. It felt a lot like it feels to ride with one leg - hard to stay smooth. It's real weird standing up.
was it operated by bears?mr_spin
Oct 29, 2001 12:03 PM
You may have actually been at the circus and not known it!

This doesn't sound efficient at all. There's a reason we humans walk instead of hop--it's a lot more stable and a lot less jarring.

I can't even imagine how you could climb or come up with extra power, since there is no way to get out of the saddle.

When they said not to eat the brown acid, I think these guys got in line twice.
Funky Cold Medinamuddy dude
Oct 29, 2001 1:15 PM
I'm thinkingBirddog
Oct 29, 2001 8:02 PM
that with the captain at 3 and the stoker at 9, this helps smooth out the transfer of power to the road. I'm sure this was done more as an oddity than for any practical application. It would be kinda fun to try it, though. Were they from Sarasota?
Naw...Elk Grove VillageKristin
Oct 30, 2001 6:48 AM
I passed them on a local multi-use loop. We were traveling opposite directions and I only saw them once. They were definately not bears; but may have been clowns practicing. Too bad they weren't bobbing up and down as Doug suggested--I could have used the laugh. Trying to conceptualize this ride creates the impression of bobbing riders; but these two weren't struggling with form. Still, I agree with Mr._Spin, its not natural. My muscles would become quickly confused.

How about clipping out! Eeks!