tandem bicycle extension pedal by vigurvant tandem bicycle extension pedal by vigurvant
mar 26, 2013

tandem bicycle extension pedal by vigurvant

tandem bicycle extension pedal by vigurvant all images courtesy of vigurvant

 

 

 

riding tandem on a bicycle is a great joy made difficult by the single-service design of the pedal-driven vehicle. often the weight of an additional passenger creates balance issues, rooted in the a less-than-optimal positioning of the foot pedals. estonian company vigurvant‘s ‘tandem extension bicycle pedal’ is a stainless steel device that works in two positions; one as a closed normal pedal and the other open so that the tandem rider can assist in cycling. 

closed position for single person use 

detail 

installed

on the road

context

 

 

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  • mmm, looks comfy! Not only do you have to sit on a panier carrier which is not strong enough for sitting on, your legs moving up and down will make it painfully uncomfortable on your bum i’d imagine! Why not static pegs?

    SJS says:
  • Ha, good idea…. but forbidden in switzerland! 🙁

    ppr says:
  • this is the worst thing i have ever seen

    jon wright says:
  • In Vietnam this can be seen everyday. Young girls on a bicycle push in sync sharing the pedals. It is a lovely sight. Naturally their feet are small enough to do this on standard pedals.

    Airborne says:
  • Why not static pegs? If you are already sitting on the rear rack, then why not to help that nice person who is behind the handle bar? Sounds obvious? Synchronised movements (pedalling) makes also the riding and steering much more stabile. I know the issue about aluminium racks, very simple steel frame is more worth to think about. We are also continuously thinking about your bums to figure out an universal and light solution. It will be announced in next months, when the rush around the pedal project is bit settled down. For shorter distances it’s not that problematic, but yes, for hardcore cyclists like us, it’s good to have even surface with small cushion under your bum.
    About legal issues. It’s officially legal only in The Netherlands, but widely used in many places around the globe, fortunately police don’t over-react in most counries.

    Kristjan Holm says:
  • While I agree that not many bicycles come fitted with a carrier suitable for carrying an adult and that putting so much weight at the back can affect the handling in a negative way I still think this product has a lot going for it. It is a simple, low tech ans intuitive device that can be retro fitted to ant standard bicycle. It makes the most of a less than perfect arrangement and for the odd occasion when you need to give a friend a ride it seems a rather elegant solution. It would work great on a ‘longtail’.

    littlecog says:
  • Thanks Littlecog! Vigurvänt homepage has also finally small update with big news.

    Kristjan Holm says:

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