The bike is not quite a stock Allround. We wanted white instead of the off-the-shelf red the Allround usually comes in. Ours has bar end shifters rather than the standard twist grips and Karon’s front chain ring is bigger than the one it came with as she prefers a slower cadence to me. These changes were made for us by John at JD Tandems when he prepped the bike for our collection.
Synchronised pedaling is not such an issue on the Hase Pinos as the stoker’s drive has a freewheel. I’ve also fitted a 22T Mountain Bike ‘granny’ ring to help on the hills, giving us a 22t x 34t for our lowest gear.
These pictures were taken before I fitted the Hase front stand and Low-rider bars that will carry extra panniers under Karon’s seat. The center stand shown here kept working loose and is not so stable with a fully loaded bike.
I later removed the extensions as they were not needed for the bags we bought. With front bags fitted, the stand does not fold up fully and a few times on fast turns we’ve managed to rub the stand on the road.
A Camelback, bumbag and transparent map case all hang off the back of the seat and I’ve stuffed a spare front tire down the back of the seat. We bought Ortlieb roll-tops for the back for our clothes and stuff we won’t need to get to during the day. Arkel recumbent bags for the front which will hold our water-proofs, spares, tools and other stuff we may need to get to during the day. They are supposed to be waterproof but Arkel make waterproof covers for them too. These Arkels worked out very expensive after shipping and import tax, as they come from Canada.
I stuffed the bags with cushions and fitted them to the bike to see if there were any potential problems in fit etc.
The Arkel bags have net pockets outside – unlike the Orliebs – which will be useful for Karon to keep her blood test kit, gel tubes and Lucozade.
I tried removing the stand so the bags would hang down straight but there’s very little front to back clearance and the front wheel can catch on the bags. In fact, the bags need stops fitted to the low-rider bars to prevent the bags sliding forward and catching on the front wheel in tight turns, or backwards and clashing with the ‘captain’s’ feet at the back. Leaving the bags pushed out more reduces the risk of the bag catching the front wheel.
I have zip-tied a rubber cap over the stand pivot bolt to stop it rubbing the back of the Arkel bag.
I decided, rather than buy a GPS, I’d get OS maps for my iPhone and use that. I have plotted the routes onto it and can use it for reference. Battery life isn’t good enough to leave it on all the time, so we are chopping up a road atlas and using that for much of the time, but if we go off-road, as in the Tarka and Camel trails, we can use the GPS on the iPhone, coupled with the 1:50,000 OS map. It’ll also come in handy on the more tricky built-up areas.
Karon decided she’d appreciate a waterproof seat cover – as we’ve had a month or more of rain it’ll probably come in handy. We bought some ripstop waterproof fabric, shaped it and Karon then hemmed it and added some elastic loops to keep it in place.