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The Old Bike
The bike is based on a Quadricycle design. It seats four riders, not inline, but in the same configuration as a car, two in the front, two in the back, and is 1.3 metres wide. It also had a small lightweight trailer storage box on tow behind with all the expeditions' equipment. The bike has been custom engineered specifically for the unique challenges presented during its journey.
The bike has been tried and tested during its maiden voyage that took place on the 1st May 2010 during the QuadEpic England to Turkey adventure. The bike was a complete success making its way over the Humber bridge in England, along the flat windy roads in The Netherlands, through Brussels, over the rolling hills of France, into the Black Forest Germany with the biggest test being in Switzerland as we had to climb the Swiss Alps and navigate the fast downhills of the Saint Gotthard pass reaching speeds of 70kmp on the descent. Sadly the trip ended in a small village called Malnate (60km north of Milan) Italy.
The new improved bike is now only catered to seat two people at the front with the rear seats being replaced with a small, lightweight trailer storage box that will contain personal effects and equipment required for the duration of the expedition. The bike is still rear wheel driven, with both the left and right rear wheels operating independently of each other. The two riders are also still on separate freewheel systems, so variable pedal speed and rest is available at all times. It also features four wheel disc brakes, and replaceable joint hardware and fittings. The front left hand rider will still have full control over the steering and brake systems, a particularly important modification as the cycling in Canada will be left hand drive.