Front-seat riders have an even more comfortable sitting position than the helmsman. They can lean back and enjoy the panorama at their feet, with the suspension fork beneath them ironing out any potholes. And, thanks to the second freewheel, they can even take a break and let the captain pedal alone for a while.
This nimble tandem can also be taken practically anywhere: thanks to its ultra-stiff tube joint, not only can the PINO handle extremely heavy loads. It can also be quickly broken down into two frame halves. The Luggage Rack and optional Lowrider carry supplies for the whole family – and the hydraulic disc brakes ensure that, even in critical situations, everything stays under control when the going gets … wild. And with the versatile PINO, this is sure to happen often …
Kalle is content. The nine-month-old sits on the gently bobbing children’s seat, gliding with Mama and Papa through the landscape of the Allgäu Prealps. Wildflowers along the marge and happy cows mark the trio’s path. Here and there, a crucifix adorns a crossroads … idyllic. Kalle drifts off to dreamland.
“I started taking Kalle on the PINO in his infant carrier, strapped into the recumbent seat, when he was two months old,” explains the 27-year-old Anneke van Rijn later. And on one of their first trips, to a moms’ café in Wangen – about 3 miles away, the little tyke and his mom were suddenly the stars of the afternoon. “When we reached the café, the other mothers stood around us in awe and could hardly believe that it was so easy to take such a small child on a bicycle.” The memory of this occasion still makes Anneke van Rijn laugh.
Later she and her partner, Martin Gansohr, give us a tour of their country abode: a little cottage on a farm in the Allgäu. The PINO is kept in the neighboring barn. As far as the eye can see: green, green, green. “Martin renovated this house,” explains Anneke van Rijn shooting him an affectionate sideways glance. “It’s really nice to have a multi-talented man around,” she grins.
The carpenter and physical therapist, whose face has gone slightly red, is more concise in his explanation of how they came across the HASE BIKES tandem: “Anneke’s sister also has a PINO; she’s quite short, and when we saw how versatile it is, we knew right away: we need one, too, for our new family!”
So Kalle is practically growing up on the bicycle: at first in the infant carrier on the front seat, alone with Mama and now in trio with the little one on the children’s seat over the luggage rack.
And there are already plans for the future: “We want to buy a Children’s Crankset so that Kalle can also pedal, as soon as he is 3’3” (1 m),” says Anneke van Rijn. Papa agrees wholeheartedly. The family cycling trips down the scenic country roads are pure pleasure for all of them. This is why midwife Anneke van Rijn uses the phrase “true joyride” to describe her PINO, whose two-part frame can be quickly disassembled for transport by car. Her closing thoughts: “We’re already thinking about using the PINO as a family of four soon…”