When we first came up with the idea to cycle to Nice with Dianna, we were thinking of getting a recumbent tandem – the Hase Pino. We did get the tandem, but after doing a few short tours on it, I realized that it will not do the job. It is a wonderful piece of German engineering. However, there are a few serious deficiencies in the design that make it a bit unreliable and really hard to climb with. It’s quite heavy (24 kg for the tour version), but at 12kg per rider it feels like climbing with a 30 kilo bike. Even 2-3% gradients seem like steep hills on a Pino.
After carefully considering this option, we decided to ride on two separate bikes. I have a Koga touring bike equipped with a Rohloff, pannier racks, etc. Anna will ride on her Kuota Kharma roadie, with the Chariot CX1 trailer attached to her bike. I will be carrying all of our luggage and Anna will be pulling Dianna in her trailer. We will have to equip the Kuota with SPD compatible pedals (currently Look, not the best choice for a long trip) and mudguards. At this point, I think that we’ll have 2 Ortlieb rear pannier bags and one large Ortlieb rack pack (89l) with Dianna’s travel cot, toys, nappies, clothes, food, etc.