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gabe tows megatrailer
gabe tows megatrailer
Gabe borrowed MegaTrailer to move this bookshelf.

two tall bikes
two tall bikes

two tall bikes
are sillier than one?
I borrowed Tall Bike back off David for a dance party I was going to over new year. That necessitated moving two bikes or walking. So I did this... riding one bike while holding the handlebar of a second bike isn't unheard of, after all. It was not really all that difficult technically, but it was quite hard on my arm - tall bike is not light, and there are hills between the two locations. Starting was easy, as Fiona (who took the photos) was there to hold the spare bike while I got up, started riding, and collected the second bike. To get off I just dropped tall bike against a wall. Stopping was the usual - just lean on the second bike to balance.

tandem trike decorated

tall bike decorated
For the Christmas Mass in 2000 we dressed up the tall bike and tandem trike, and went round giving out puncture repair kits and sweets. We had two Masses - one the Friday before Christmas, one on the last Friday of the month. Both were well attended, and fun. But the dress up bikes made it more fun again.

Daniel - Mad Professor built this chopper bike for Mass
Daniel - Mad Professor built this chopper bike for Mass

a Giant brand electrically assisted bike
a Giant brand electrically assisted bike
Another interesting bike from Daniel. Quite rideable, and very well put together. The Giant turned up in my living room momentarily. Bought in Taiwan, apparently not available in Oz. Owner not happy that it doesn't have the grunt to go up hills without him pedalling, or the range to use it as a motor scooter. I don't think he quite "got it".

megans FWD
a SWB USS FWD FWS MBB bike

megans FWD
with Megan on it
Megan wanted to build this as a prototype commuting bike, but got busy halfway through. Since I needed a bike, I "finished" it, to the point where it was rideable anyway. It's a short wheelbase, under seat steer, front wheel drive, front wheel steer, moving bottom bracket bike. Despite my initial skepticism it's actually fairly rideable, but as you might expect the next one will be a lot better. Still, this one cost less than $AU100 (new tyres, welding materials, a few bolts). Changes are mostly with the seat position (it's too far back), front wheel fixing (it's got two sets of dropouts on it, making it impossible to adjust properly), and handlebar position (they hit the seat, giving only about 30 degrees of steering movement). Oh' and it really is as short as it looks.

I rode it about 10km in total before giving it back to Megan, mostly because of the wheel hassles, and because it only has one gear, making hills (and hill starts) quite hard. She can kind of ride it, mostly because she hasn't practiced much.


tandem in a tree, tall bike
Outside Mark's place while we were staying with him for a while. There wasn't really a good place to park the tandem, so it hung in the tree.

Kelly on her bike towing megatrailer with a bed on it

Kelly on her bike towing megatrailer with a bed on it
This was a bit of a challenge to ride - the load weighed significantly more than Kelly does, and riding up the little ramp from the street to the carpark was enough of a jolt to lift her rear wheel off the ground. But she didn't fall off!
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a bike called "Massive"
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Birdy folding bike
Ian Humphries built this bike specifically for going to Critical Mass rides. It carries two people, but the second rider is more of a pillion passenger. It's all mild steel and cheap (recycled) bike bits, so it flexes a bit. But it makes a great camera platform and part of the ABC documentary was shot from it. The Birdy folding bike I borrowed from Ken for six months while I didn't have bike parking where I was working. Well, parking except for under my desk. It rides very well for a folder (now that's faint praise! It's noticeably better than anything else I've ridden, folds quickly, and rides better than many cheap road bikes).

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CRR_rowofbents.jpg
A really bad photo of a huge row of recumbents lined up along a railing at the end of a Sydney Recumbent Riders meeting/ ride.

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fairing.jpg

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ians_gs_fairing.jpg
A polystyrene fairing plug originally build by Peter for the Solar Challenge race, which he used then gave to Ian. Ian reshaped it using all sorts of things, then left it out in Ken's backyard in the rain (under a cheap plastic tarp) for six months, and now it's in storage somewhere while he thinks about doing something with it. Ian also got this fibreglass trike fairing from someone (Giles?) and has been thinking of using this too.

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Who needs spokes when the hub is that big?

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a Rohloff hub in a tandem trike?
Ken's Rohloff hub fitted to my tandem trike during construction. With a trolley tyre fitted over it it looks quite reasonable, if a little on the small side. We never actually rode it like this...