Part recumbent, part upright tandem, and now a part-time cargo bike to boot. An unbeatable concept: the PINO is truly the most versatile human-powered vehicle for cycling duos or anyone who – with the new PINO PORTER option – would like to manage all their daily shopping and transport by bike.
The captain in the second row has the same unhindered view as the stoker; and the tandem is incredibly adjustable, making it possible for passengers who (still) can’t pedal to ride in the comfortable front seat: for example, children from 3’3” (100 cm) in height (with optional Children’s Crankset) or people with special needs.
And in the front row, you’ll feel like a VIP guest as you lean back and roll into the panoramic horizon, floating comfortably on the suspension fork; thanks to the second freewheel, you can even take a break and let the captain pedal alone for a while.
The nimble tandem can also be taken practically anywhere, because the PINO frame – in any version – can be quickly and easily broken down into two frame halves. The tandem’s ultra-stiff tube joint is extremely heavy duty.
On the tandem version, the Luggage Rack and optional Lowrider carry supplies for the whole family – and the hydraulic disc brakes ensure that everything stays safe and under control when the going gets … speedy. And, with the versatile PINO, this is sure to happen often – be it with freight or a date …
Julian, 26, lives in Bergkamen in the Ruhr region. When it comes to cycling and bikes, he really knows his stuff. Since his 14th birthday, he’s competed in “pretty much every downhill race in Germany,” he explains, motioning to his personal machine parked in front of his house: a monster mountain bike with a beefy suspension fork that tells you at a glance it means business.
Julian lives on an estate at the outskirts of town with his girlfriend, Sonja, their son, Jaden, and her daughter, Diane. The PINO PORTER prototype is being prepared for the seven-year-old Diane: “I wanna ride the tandem, too!”
Julian lifts her into the seat, adjusts the Children’s Crankset to her leg length, attaches it with the quick-release, and pulls the chain around the sprocket. “Can I start pedaling now?” asks Diane as Julian disengages the kickstand. Deffo. They take a spin around the courtyard, returning with a satisfied grin on Diane’s face.
Now for the serious stuff: shopping … big time. Fetch the PORTER BAG. Wrong: the mobile shopping bag is already here. It’s stowed – practically invisibly – behind the seatback. Lift it up – rotate it 180 degrees – place it over the seat – pull forward, and then unfold. The giga-shopping cart is ready for action.
And with more space underneath: Julian unfolds the wings of the PORTER RACK under the front seat and loads up two crates of empty bottles. He straps them down with a bungee, and hops on the saddle.
First stop, beverage shop. Trade the empty bottles for full ones, secure the load, and on we go. “Now for the real test!” Julian heads to the supermarket. We check out with a shopping cart full of groceries. Everything in the PORTER BAG? It fits. A volume of 80 liters swallows a lot of cereal boxes. The zipper closes effortlessly.
Too much weight? A quick call to chief developer Marec: “What’s our maximum load?” “Forty kilos, both top and bottom.” Quick guesstimate … still well within the limits. Time to head home – but with a test ride through the fields on the way!
Julian’s first observation: “The groceries aren’t pedaling at all!” And how is the handling? “Just as easy as in tandem mode,” says the passionate downhiller. The ride is smooth and stable; thanks to the suspension fork, the groceries are unfazed by the bumpy path through the fields. The beverage crates stay put. Superb! Homeward bound.
A break? No way: Sonja’s waiting for her turn in the front seat. Time to transform the station wagon back into the dynamic duo’s “chat-mobile”. Julian folds up the wings of the Rack and stows the folded Bag out of sight behind the seat. “Works like a charm!” comments Sonja.
She prefers the tandem to solo-biking. “With two people in the pedals, you can really burn some rubber,” she explains. Understandably: she was drag racing souped-up cars long before she met Julian.
Conclusion: The PINO PORTER keeps its promises. Julian is satisfied. With himself and his boss, who developed the bike out of a love for the load.