Hybrid Tandem Handcycle

November 25, 2012 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

This Thanksgiving Bill and I had a ‘mini-vacation’ in Washington D.C.  I have previously had the opportunity to ride the Metro, D.C.’s public transportation, but this was Bill’s first time and we found it to be very accessible.  The weather was gorgeous these past few days and as we were walking around we spotted a couple riding on a tandem bicycle.  We both said aloud, “I wonder if they make a tandem bicycle that allows for a person pedaling with their feet, and the other with their hands”?  We thought, what a wonderful idea for engineering students to create such a bike.  Thus the Google search to explore if this has already been initiated, and voilà, the Hybrid Tandem Handcycle from Varna pops up!

The Varna hybrid tandem handcycle allows for the person in the front to sit and pedal with their feet and the person in the back to sit and navigate with their hands.  The person in front is also in control of steering and leaning side to side.  The design for the rider in the back is the same for their Varna II handcycle.  Price tag on this toy is $7500.   The company does have a video online, which I have posted for you below.  However, the bike in the video being used is the reverse of what is being sold, with the handcycle portion in the front and the person pedaling with their feet in the back.

Varna Hybrid Tandem Handcycle

This would be a lot of fun to try out—Bill and I would love to be a part of a pilot of this type of project in the future 🙂

Bill’s comment on whether or not he would prefer to be in the front or back of the bike:  “In the back, that way you won’t see if I stop pedaling.”  Classic.

What do you think of this hybrid tandem handcycle?

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