Where are you going?

East!!  Yes, generally, east.  But now that we have travelled quite a long way east, we may now start to go south or perhaps south-east.

Where are you from?

Originally from N.Ireland (Keith) & Derbyshire (Tamar) but both of us have lived in London for most of our working lives.

Why are you doing it?

Hmm, let me think about that for a mo…sitting at a desk shoving bits of paper around or pedalling to beautiful, interesting places? Where would you rather be?

Did you get the bike made specially?

Nope, we just bought it from a super bike shop called JD Tandems in Yorkshire, England. It’s made by a German company called HASE and is called a “Pino Tour“.

If you’d like to read why we chose this bike, click here.

How fast do you go?

It varies.  Downhill we’ve topped out at 78kph (update from Sept-2012 – 100.5kph).  Uphill we’ve occasionally had to get off and walk….but have also spent many hours grinding along at 5 or 6kph.  On a good stretch of flat tarmac with a tailwind we’ll happily cruise at 25-30kph.  On bad tarmac with a headwind we slog along at 10-15kph.  But a reasonable road on a reasonable day and 20-24kph is normal.

How far do you go each day?

Again, it varies.  We average 400-500kms per week.  We usually ride for 5 or 6 days and have 1 or 2 days off.  Some days we only do 20kms (eg after a day’s sightseeing).  Some days we do over 100kms.  We mostly aim for around 80kms a day, but in China we tried to do about 120kms a day.

Are you disabled?

No, but the Pino would be a great bike for someone with a disability and can be adapted in a number of ways if needed.

Are you sponsored?

No, we didn’t want to be riding to someone else’s agenda, and wanted to be free to pick and choose the equipment we feel suits our needs the best, and make unfettered comment on that equipment.

How much did the bike cost?

This question really bugs us.  Some people don’t even smile and say hello before demanding to know what we spent on the bike, presumably to make some kind of judgement about us.  Yes, it was a lot of money, but not as much as some traditional tandems cost, and no more than we would have spent on two good quality solo bikes. 

On the towpath alongside the River Lagan, near Lisburn, N.Ireland

4 responses to “FAQs

  1. I love what you’re doing…I only wish I had the cash to do something as epic as this. How many of us in years to come can say ‘We traveled East on a bike, with no goals or ambitions other than to enjoy ourselves, and we would do it all again’………the do it all again bit, you can let us know whether you would or wouldn’t upon your return. On a light humorous note, if Keith got rid of his tache and goaty, I reckon you could reduce wind drag and increase your speed by at least 5 or 3kph….only joking. Have fun!
    2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith

  2. Oops, that should be 5 or 6kph (not 5 or 3kph)

  3. Hello to both,

    Very useful website! Myself(Razvan) and my wife(Adriana) bought a PIno recently and we are about to embark on our first 12h tour. As part of the prep for traveling I am stuck in figuring 0ut how to dismantle and re-couple the frame. The info on internet is sparse( PIno’s website is completely unhelpful).
    I would appreciate some guidance in this sense; either by one of your experiences or to a website that has more detailed info.

    • Hi Razvan,
      To split the Pino (assuming you have an aluminium one which can be split as the steel version cannot be split), do the following:-
      1. Remove the front brake-lever from the handlebars as this will need to stay with the front half of the bike
      2. Disconnect the steering link rod at the back of the link rod as this too will need to stay with the front half of the bike
      3. Also disconnect or remove any other items that run from the front half to the rear half such as speedometer wires etc
      4. Somebody’s help can be handy for this part, and get the helper to simply hold the rear half of the bike as you separate the frame
      5. To separate the frame, you need a long-nosed alan-key (I think a 5mm). Located on the flange where the front-half and rear-half join, looking in from the right-side of the bike, there are two alan-key screws, located one at the top and one at the bottom of the flange. Insert the 5mm Alan-key into the deep hole and ensure it is located into the alan-key head (which cannot be seen). Unscrew in a anti-clockwise direction while your helper is holding the rear-half of the bike and when both bolts/screws have been loosened as far as possible, and a red alarm/indicator bit is now sticking out of the opposite side of the hole, the bike frame should now split in two.
      5. As you separate the frame, you will probably need to disconnect an electric wire connection that lives inside the frame for lights which you may or may not have had fitted by HASE.
      Putting the bike back together is basically the opposite of splitting, but somebody’s help to hold the two halves together while you begin to tighten the alan-key bolts, can be even more helpful than when splitting the bike.

      Hope this helps – it’s not too difficult. It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes, but can be done more quickly if you are under pressure to get it onto a bus (referring to some fun we had in Crimea in 2011).
      Best wishes and enjoy your trip & your Pino,

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