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Low cost folding tandem on the train

Discussion in 'Tandem and Other Bikes' started by johncantor, 4 Dec 2017.

  1. johncantor

    johncantor New Member

    Location:
    Machynlleth Wales
    I recently wrote up our experience and modifications to an Ecosmo folding tandem. We took it to France on the train and had a great time.
    This might be of interest to some.
    http://foldingtandem.blogspot.co.uk/
     
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  2. Hi John. Thanks for posting this. I found it very interesting. I would like to get my partner Jannie on a tandem but she refuses point blank.

    I dont know if this would help you standing the bike up. I use these stands from Rose bikes which attach to the wheels QR lever. They work so well that I have recently bought 4 for my bikes. Very well engineered and a good price. They take a minute to fit.

    I like the fact that the crossbars are at different heights, it makes it look odd and thats a good thing.
    https://www.rosebikes.dk/article/rose-rastmaxx-qr-1-rear-mount-kickstand/aid:2671712
     
  3. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Location:
    Staffs
    Top job! It sounds like you have had fun adapting it.

    How did you get across the channel?
     
  4. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    They arn't bad bikes. I bought an Ecosmo folding bike not a tandem. Cheap as chips and does what it says on the tin.
     
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  5. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    The fact it got the OP and partner across France fully loaded and towing is a good endorsement.

    Paying thousands for a bike is no guarantee of quality.

    I recall a thread on here a few years ago about some ludicrously expensive German 20" wheel tandem which had fallen apart under very light use.

    What's worse, the manufacturer and retailer appeared to be very uninterested in sorting the problem.

    Can't recall if we ever found out what happened, but the matter seemed to be heading for the county court.
     
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  6. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    Thanks for that @johncantor , an interesting read.
     
  7. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    I read somewhere small wheels and tandems don't really mix due to handling issues. As I've never ridden a tandem I can't see why - I guess it's not a problem?
     
  8. chriscross1966

    chriscross1966 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swindon
    I'd have thought that the quick steering and slightly twitchy nature of small-wheelers in general (and I speak as an owner of four Bropmtons and a Moulton Mini here) would make it a bit of a tough time for the stoker, at least the pilot feels like they have some control.... or possibly it's the other way round, the pilot gets tired quickly due to having to constantly correct the hunting behaviour of the front wheel with a much heavier bike....
     
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  9. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Veteran

    We have a small wheeled Circe Helios and it's very stable. On a couple of recent icy days I opted to ride the helios, stokerless, for the commute in place of my hybrid because it feels so much more sure-footed!