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Dale and Carmen’s Modified Sidekick with Hand Pedals

Dale bullied and carmen added hand power to a side kick for a ms bike tour and wrote.
Its official, we’ve put about 30 or 40 miles on the cars in the last couple days, my Brother (John) and my son (Blaine) will be riding the roadster………. we were very impressed with how they not only handle with ease on the road , but how easy they are to pedal!!! Were expecting to average about 10-15mph or so on the 120mile M.S Bike Tour.
We geared the hand pedals aprox 1: 2-1/2 so Carmen will do one revolution to my two and a half………..and he says he feels he could ride forever and not get to tired, so our gearing works well together.
Not bad for a first attempt, plan to build more, Carmen’s Cruisers Team mates, planning a couple single rider cars for next year. -D

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Matt Sutton’s Sweet Sun Coaster

Hi Dan,

I wrote you a couple of weeks ago to express my appreciation for the quality of your design and parts package. In turn, you asked me to email a picture of the finished product. Well, here it is…a picture of my happy boy, posing with his new vehicle.

Thanks again for making Nathaniel’s summer a memorable one.


Matt Sutton
Marlborough, MA

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Ken Larson’s Desert Style Gulf Coaster

Dan here is a photo of our HPV in front of the man in the Nevada desert last week. I made a quite a few changes to the vehicle and will send you some details later. Just wanted you to know that with your help we were able to build something that performed well in the desert. We only had to make a minor repair while there. I did have a few failures before we left during the torture testing that I did here. I will show you the remedies in another mailing. Hope all is well with you. I have a 5 speed  hub and derailleur on the rear but did not use it.  We were in low gear all of the time.  At times we were peddling into 50 MPH winds and it was still just a crawl.  I think that I will want to get a new gear set or build a jack shaft to reduce the gearing.

Thanks Kenji and Denise

– most of us are not crossing the desert but I have added a brace to the kits to strengthen the axle. Dan