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07/20/2011

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Love the sidecar- especially the little steering wheel! Does it steer like a motorcycle sidecar?

Ron Ablang

I like the sidecar idea but a big "but" for me is that the car should be on the other side so that the rider is more exposed to traffic than the children.

Danielle

That's an awesome hack! We have the Christiania and love it! Such fun to travel by bike!!

Leo Horishny

I don't know about that sidecar driver, that is one intense driver's expression =:-O

Very nice woodwork, but foreigners sure are a tough lot, no upholstery or padding!!?? Especially for those cuties, a little tlc.

I also like the steering wheel in the center of the dash, that way she can drive on either side of the road. Well done. Next hack for you would be a separate sidecar brake.

I think the title of this item shoulda been bikehack'd hack, or bike hack hack, or hack'd hack.
(fyi, sidecars are referred to as hacks)

BO2K

In response to Ron Ablang, it all depends on which way down the sidewalk he is riding the bike in order to make it so the kiddos are on the inside (perspective) ;)

Sharks182

This looks *very* dangerous, and I would shake my head vigorously seeing somebody transport their kin in this.
Reason being the sidecar wheel doesn't have a brake. What happens in a emergency stop is that as the bike brakes, you have 2 kids and a sidecar (50 kgs easy) transferring their momentum in a lever-action pulling the rear wheel towards the sidecar and pushing the top tube to the right (drivers perspective). In a motorcycle w/ sidecar the brake synchronisation is integral to the usability of the vehicle, and the wheel bearings/connecting joint bearings are reinforced as they are subject to *much* higher loads than a non-sidecar.
If the builder is wise he loaded this contraption with sand bags and familiarised himself with this handling aspect in a controlled environment. If not, he/she is being even more irresponsible. I'd only let my kids near this to show them what and accident machine looks like.

Juan Pablo Cambariere

Hi!

I´m Juan Pablo, I´m making this sidecar.

Thank you all for the nice comments!

Ron, In Buenos Aires bikes rides on the left, as BO2K thought, that´s why I did it that way. But Buenos Aires streets are not safe for this kind of bicicles, I can´t really ride this with my girls on the streets, it´s too dangerous. I mostly go to the park with it, and ride it there, but really , really slow.

Sharks182: I honestly find your comment very offensive. This is a work in progress. If you just wanted to insult me, you did it great, congratulatios!
(((But if you want to share info please ask Matt for the rest of the pictures, you will see how I take the girls to the park, sitted down and with both seatbelts. As I wrote before, Buenos Aires is traffic is too dangerous for this, I just ride this in the park, very slow.)))

Best!
Juan Pablo

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Who ever thinks this "looks *very* dangerous" because it is lacking a brake should share their experiences with a bicycle sidecar. Perhaps you should get the owners perspective on this prior to lashing out and insulting character. Although I have driven many powered hacks without brakes that were not "accident machines" (even under extreme braking situations) I have not driven one with a bike. My assumption based on my experience is that it would contradict to your hypothesis and would be quite safe.

Quin

Juan,

This is great! I needed an idea to get my dog around on my bike and a modification of this will work perfect. Thank you very much for sharing.

.....And to the person drinking Hatorade....you are rude, there are plenty of non offensive ways to share your thoughts.

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The side car looks very safe in my perspective. I bet the kids love it.

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The insides are reinforced and there are joint supports to hold the sidecar still so this is perfectly safe.

Kimberly

I am so jealous. I really wish that I had the talent to make it.

riki

Love it. Am inspired now to make one myself! We have a weehoo but it's great for just one child but you loose the personal interaction.

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