I stumbled upon a great bike hack recently that got me to thinking about the design of bicycles vs. the design of cars. It is rare for me ever to see a bike designed to transport more than one person. It is rare for me to see a car that is designed to transport just one person. I guess this is one reason I always find myself stopping to stare at bikes that are either designed for more than one person or have been hacked for multiple person transport - they are rare indeed. What happened in the evolution of bicycles? What kept designers and companies from designing bikes meant to transport multiple people?
I was thinking about the this topic on a recent trip to a shopping center. The center had multiple national chain stores and restaurants and hundreds upon hundreds of parking spaces - for cars. Yet the store I rode up to was absent any bike racks. I ended up locking my bike to a shopping cart corral. I'm not complaining as much as I am just observing, I know that the demand for bike racks is probably low and thus the landlords see no reason to install bike racks. And I guess it is actually good for me because the likelihood of anyone wanting to actually take a bike is probably quite small.
Anyway, enough rambling, here is the hack I passed - brilliant use of a banana seat, some foot pegs, and an extra set of small handlebars. I have seen similar hacks in the past, however the handlebars attached to the seat post is a first.
Simple idea, brilliantly executed.
The loose supports on the front basket are troubling, looks as if the bike has been sitting for a while.
If readers own, have experience with, or come upon bikes meant for multiple person transport we would love to hear from you for posting.