H/t: Laughing Squid
Tandem bicycles are a rare sight these days, or at least in the big city, but that didn’t stop this group from installing one on the hood of a Honda Civic. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the original engine had to be removed to make way for the bicycle. Riding this around town garnered attention from random strangers as well as the police, especially since the crew decided to take it through a McDonald’s drive-thru. Read more for a video and additional information.
On a related note, did you know that patents related to tandem bicycles date all the way back to the mid 1880s? That’s right, Mikael Pedersen developed a two-rider tandem version of his Pedersen bicycle that weighed 24 pounds, and a four-rider, or “quad”, that weighed 64 pounds, around 1898. However, their popularity began to decline after World War II until a revival started in the late 1960s and into the 1970s when The Tandem Club was founded in the UK.
- Powered by a twist-grip, variable-speed, throttle, high-torque, chain-driven motor that delivers speeds up to 14 mph (22 km/h)
- Features a trellis-frame chassis design with authentic street-bike inspired styling for a bold mix of style and performance
- Hand-operated, rear disc brake provides stopping power, combined with pneumatic tires and custom 12”, 3-spoke, mag wheels
- Rechargeable 24V (two 12V) sealed lead-acid battery system provides up to 30 minutes of continuous use
- Additional features include double-crown fork, shatter-resistant fairings, adjustable-angle, riserstyle handlebars with soft, rubber grips and a retractable kickstand