From Hilary Staples, an enthusiastic cyclist, we received an email about the duo bike Fun2Go. During one of her bicycle tours, together with Steven, she met two men riding on the double rider cycle. She really got inspired by the story of the guys on the side by side tandem, that she wrote an article about them at her website Holland-Cycling.com, a website with all the information and inspiration you need to come and explore Holland on your bike. With this story about special needs bikes, she hopes that it will inspire people with disabilities to cycle.
At the bottom of this page you can read the full English paper published by Hilary Staples. Below you can read a summary of the text about the duo bike.
Duo bike – cycling with a difference
On Hilary’s and Stevens cycle tours through Holland, collecting material for the Holland-Cycling.Com website, Hilary and Steven meet many interesting people. The story of one couple on a duo bike she came across on the island of Texel were so inspirational that she would like to share it with us.
Tandem of duo bike?
Hilary and Steven were cycling on the dykes and saw two men on a duo bike heading towards them at full speed. Although these duo bikes are appearing more often on the cycle paths, she would never had the chance to see one close-up, at least not in action.
A year ago Hilary posted a photo of a ‘bike for two’. “At that time I had no idea what it was – a tandem or a duo bike?” In fact, the bike is known under several names: side by side tandem, companion cycle, double rider cycle, three-wheel tandem and duo bike. She decides to call the cycle a duo bike.
Having decided on what to call the bike, the next questions was: “What’s the point of the duo bike? Why turn what are effectively two bikes next to each other into a bulky tricycle”. She was going to find out really soon, as the duo shared their story. On the photo below you see the two friends on their double rider cycle.