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Lane Love: Side By Side Bicycle for Valentine’s Day.

February 13th, 2012

In lieu of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we couldn’t resist posting this video from The Grist List by Jess Zimmerman.  We hope that you enjoy and happy early Valentine’s Day to you!

“Nothing says “I love you” like a bicycle that forces you and your partner to cooperate to the point of absurdity, so Instructables user Carlitos has posted specs for a bike modification that places two riders side by side. If you have access to a welder and a good source of junker bike parts, you can make this your weekend project and be done in time for V-Day.

This is no standard in-line tandem bike, where the person in the back can coast. The conjoined twin bike requires you to work with your partner in awkward forced harmony, just like a traditional marriage!

Okay, I’m mainly kidding, because this is a really cool build and it’s nice to have a bike where you can actually talk to each other but don’t take up quite as much trail space as two side-by-side bikes. But you gotta admit that lift-off looks a little challenging.

Once you get the rhythm, though, one commenter reports, it’s “almost boring” — just like a traditional marriage! Zing! (Hi honey.)”

Jess Zimmerman is the editor of Grist List.

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