Turn your bike into a tandem for €39

Well, kind of. Vigurvant extendable pedals allow two people to ride at once

by Mat Brett   March 28, 2013  

If you’ve ever fancied turning your bike into a tandem, these new pedals from Vigurvant will allow you to do it on the cheap – for €39, to be precise.

Well, that's kind of true… These are pedals with extensions that you flip out to allow two people to push on them at once. It’s a novel approach (as far as we know).

Vigurvant say, “If your bicycle has a rear rack, then you probably already know that it’s always a pleasure to give a lift for your best friends.”

I’d take issue with that, to be honest. I mean, if you’re 12 years old and someone says, “Give us a backie,” that’s one thing, but once they’re safely into adulthood, they should be getting down the shops by their own steam really. I’ve always suspected that my mate Martin sold his bike because he knew he could get a lift on the back of mine whenever he wanted, by the way, although I have no proof. He bought an Atari. 

Anyway, the Vigurvant pedals, which come from Estonia, allow your passengers to pay their way rather than just sitting there cadging a free ride.

Are they legal in the UK? According to the Road Traffic Act, two people can’t ride a single bike unless it is “constructed or adapted for the carriage of more than one person”. So, a tandem is okay, obviously, as is carrying a child in a child seat that complies with the relevant European Standard.

Would fitting these pedals mean the bike is suitably “adapted for the carriage of more than one person”? Unfortunately, there’s no explicit guidance on that in law. In other words, nobody knows.

Of course, that’s all avoiding the issue of whether the Vigurvant pedals look like they’re worth having in the first place. We’ve not had them in here at road.cc so you’ll have to make up your own mind on that.

As we said up at the top, the price is €39. Worldwide shipping is included in that price. You can pre-order now at www.vigurvant.com.

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Have you got a set to review Mat? I can see you and Dave on a boris bike with these Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8940 posts]
28th March 2013 - 13:42

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Gkam84 wrote:
Have you got a set to review Mat? I can see you and Dave on a boris bike with these Devil

Big Dave and I are both 6ft 3in tall. I just don't think we could carry it off. Maybe Tony and Other Dave could give it a go.

posted by Mat Brett [1906 posts]
28th March 2013 - 13:50

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I think it's a pre-requisite that the 2 riders would have to be pretty good friends Wink

Timsen

posted by Timsen [41 posts]
28th March 2013 - 14:19

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Timsen wrote:
I think it's a pre-requisite that the 2 riders would have to be pretty good friends Wink

Or they could become friends as they get to know each other. Smile

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
28th March 2013 - 14:41

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Should make Sagan style wheelies a doodle!

posted by sorebones [110 posts]
28th March 2013 - 15:22

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How does a rack support the weight of a rider?

posted by nappe [43 posts]
28th March 2013 - 15:42

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An accident waiting to happen

New Forester

posted by Forester [88 posts]
28th March 2013 - 16:13

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I routinely ride a Surly Big Dummy with a passenger. Extra pressure on the pedals doesn't make a lot of difference on the flay really, being in a hurry on the thing is neither safe nor stylish. Uphill it might be nice, but to be honest having the passenger put her feet down and give a bit of a scoot-boost is pretty good.

Cool

posted by BigDummy [296 posts]
28th March 2013 - 16:29

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Windy captain queasy stoker

posted by robert_obrien [117 posts]
28th March 2013 - 17:35

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Hey, hallo! Most of the people who have had chance to ride it so far have said hurray! The final test, before I seriously started to realize the idea was 110 mile trip, last spring. Me and my friend are both about 6ft, 190 pounds. It's not for babies, my word for that:) I have went through all the "is the rack strong enough" and legal problems. Some inspirational links: http://bikeportland.org/2010/04/26/is-carrying-someone-on-your-bike-ille...
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/485518-passengers-on-rear-rack-...
About up hill-down hill dispute I have to say that it makes the regular bicycle more or less similar with recumbent bike. Not best idea in South of France, but otherwise it's like flying carpet, it's hard to say who is actually pedaling.
I will not explain all the tips and tricks right now, take your time to think about it and check www.vigurvant.com after few weeks, when there should be special section about it. Although the first patch might be sold out by then.
P.S I have never tried it with Surly Big Dummy kind of bicycles, but my friend who makes bit similar electrical bicycles http://liberatorbike.blogspot.com/ will integrate the idea in this summer. I really can't imagine about the mileage you can cover then.

posted by vigurvant [4 posts]
28th March 2013 - 17:36

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Would've been cool on a Chopper with that seat that was obviously designed for carrying two people. Cool

posted by pwake [309 posts]
28th March 2013 - 18:36

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Can anybody tell me what's stopping the extensions flapping out during normal cycling? I'm not convinced it's a terribly good idea...

posted by CharlesMagne [27 posts]
28th March 2013 - 19:00

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That's one way of smashing your rear wheel.

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posted by Municipal Waste [190 posts]
28th March 2013 - 20:11

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Municipal Waste wrote:
That's one way of smashing your rear wheel.

And cracking your crack!

Sorry, I can't think of a situation where this would be advisable... unless you had been trying unsuccessfully to get a little closer to that special someone and this provided the means.

posted by bobbylama [12 posts]
28th March 2013 - 20:40

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Extensions locking is similar system that is used for motorcycle rear foot begs. Stainless springs&balls! Works!

posted by vigurvant [4 posts]
28th March 2013 - 21:07

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Yep, 1 April is almost here .. Surprise

RoundtheEdge

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posted by spragger [25 posts]
28th March 2013 - 22:05

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We don't do the whole passenger on a rack thing in the UK do we? Very common abroad.

What kind of Atari?

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posted by Rob Simmonds [253 posts]
28th March 2013 - 23:59

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Most racks are only rated to 25kg load capacity, and tyres to around 100kg ... almost all the load would be on the rear. Thinking

It also looks like you have to align the pedals correctly when you move off otherwise the extension will fold back in(?).

Nic

posted by nbrus [281 posts]
29th March 2013 - 7:21

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If I was a passenger, I'd definitely demand a padded rack Thinking

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posted by rix [29 posts]
29th March 2013 - 8:16

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Wouldn't work with the flimsy bikes and (esp) racks typical in the UK these days! Clearly designed with the studier bikes more common in parts of the continent in mind. Smile

posted by Paul J [649 posts]
29th March 2013 - 10:44

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Just grind and sharpen the fold out extensions and forget about carrying someone else - great for rush-hour commuting in London!

barracooder

posted by barracooder [4 posts]
29th March 2013 - 13:15

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I could see these pedals working really well on this cool machine:
http://www.electrabike.com/Bikes/cruiser-delivery-bikes-mens
Cool

As if the bikes isn't eye catching enough, a dua pedalling would set it off nicely:) And still loading room on the front Wink

posted by bikeleasingcompany [33 posts]
29th March 2013 - 16:01

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Looks like something from The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer...

posted by Philbert [19 posts]
30th March 2013 - 0:31

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rix wrote:
I'd definitely demand a padded rack Thinking

Not me, I've been fooled by those type of ladies before, oh you mean.....

posted by farrell [1520 posts]
30th March 2013 - 14:38

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Discussion can get new dimension, small update with Vigurvänt homapage: www.vigurvant.com

posted by vigurvant [4 posts]
20th October 2013 - 20:24

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Just found your post; would be delighted to hear more about how you find the BD for general day to day tasks and whether you've found it a useful car substitute for shopping, etc...?

Thanks for any info!

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posted by davecochrane [102 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 11:14

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Its good substitute for cabriolets. Girls just go crazy with this thing. Wink

Generally, I’m lazy person. I had car six years ago, but it took too much energy to pay for the fuel, tires, maintenance and so on. Right now bicycle is the only vehicle for me, it’s hard to tell anything about substitutes. Riding bicycle keeps me also in shape, so no gym bills, what a life! Using tandem pedals has turned quite elementary to give a lift to friends who just walk on the street or make some planned trips for pure fun. Simple!

posted by vigurvant [4 posts]
7th March 2014 - 23:15

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