I forgot...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Warner, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Warner

    Warner Member

    After doing a boatload of upgrades to my bike over the winter, I've barely ridden it. Makes sense, right? Hahah. Anyway, I recenly bought a cheap tandem bicycle (Kent Dual Drive) off of Amazon for $250 including shipping! Yeah, cheap components of course, but really a totally usable bike. My wife doesn't know how to ride a bike, so this is perfect for her to be in back just pedalling while I do the "piloting". She loves it and we tooled around the neighborhood last night about 5 miles. My 10 year old daughter and I took a 15 mile ride on Sunday as well.

    During this course of being in "bike mode", I figured I'd start up the MAB and go for a quick spin around the block. Started right up (of course...Mitsubishi TLE 43 engine). As I got on the bike (pedaling) I realized how nice the upgrades that I made were....front suspension, front disc brake, replaced the rear brake for a nice V brake, raised the handlebars, et. As I got under way and hit the gas, I realized how FAST this thing is! I got up to 30 real quick, and without really trying I looked down as saw I was doing 33mph.

    I know that's not flying (I have hit 41mph on this bike before), and I think it was largely because I hadn't been on it for a while, but it seemed FAST. Maybe I'll start using it some more....even though I scavenged my panniers off of it to put on the tandem! Those move back and forth real easily....

    Warner
     

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  2. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Hey Warner, haven't seen ya around in a while. Good to hear you're back in the saddle.

    Maybe a motor on that tandem? :D

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  3. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    what do you think the second person is for? :jester:
     
  4. Warner

    Warner Member

    It's actually nice to get a little exercise. I used to think riding the MAB was exercise, but at the end of the day it is VERY little exercise. Whenever the going gets tough, you can just quit pedaling. :) The tandem is nice for rides with my 10 year old daughter and my European wife who never learned to ride a bike back in Serbia (city girl!).

    Warner
     
  5. Warner

    Warner Member


    PS - The components on this bike are so cheap that I wouldn't consider putting an engine on it.....I think it would fall apart. My dialed-in Trek, it isn't.

    Warner
     
  6. Luka

    Luka Member

    Brakes.

    I rode with a friend up a steep hill.

    When we got to the top, he said, "Man, that was a steep grade".

    I said, "yer telling me !!"

    "I was so scared that we were going to go backwards, that I was pushing the brakes as hard as I could, all the way up."