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Taking A Lane With Two Bikes (Or A Sidecar)

Yesterday was quite fun – I picked up my bike and my wife’s bike from the bikeshop yesterday after getting them both tuned up, mine cleaned (I had forgotten what it looked like clean, under all the dirt and salt from winter riding) and Tracy’s with new hybrid tires.

I decided that since I had never biked on two bikes before, I would try it.

I steered and braked Tracy’s bike with the muscles of my right arm all the way home (it was a lot easier than I thought it would be), nicely taking the lane the whole way.

A couple cars passed two closely, but there was a huge difference from when it’s just me.

This all expanded on my idea of a cool sidecar for a bike instead of a trailer.

I’ve seen it done (most recently on Wheel Revolution) before, and you may have an idea of what I’m taking about if you watch the Amazing Race, as they were in Malaysia a couple weeks ago, picking up recyclables with cool bicycle sidecars (photo).

What I’m thinking of though is building something (when I have more room to build things) where the bike is on the left side and the sidecar is on the right…. I’m thinking this is the best arrangement because I foresee carrying kids in such a thing, and I’d want to be between them and any crazy traffic.

Anyone know if you can buy bicycle sidecars in Toronto? It would be so much more useful than just for carrying kids… you could fit a lot of groceries in there! Also… and this is important… it would be a great traffic-calmer. :)

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