The End of a Holiday…

All has been quiet on here for the last few weeks, mostly due to the acquisition of a new bike and subsequent cycle touring holiday. My girlfriend and I have been on the look out for a semi-recumbent tandem for a while (one where the stoker is in a recumbent position), and at the start of the summer we finally became the proud owners of a Hase Pino. Now we had the bike it seemed a shame not to take a holiday on it, so we started planning.

The Pino during initial packing

Looking out over Loch Na Keal towards Ben More on Mull

To avoid spending too much on transport we decided to head to Scotland, and to cut a long story short, here’s a map of where we went:

All this does link back to art in a way. By bike you see views that are often missed in a car, or when you’re in the clouds atop a mountain, so it gave me a chance to get some photos to use as inspiration for more work. I won’t waffle too long about the holiday (it was brilliant, and the weather was even better which is unheard of in Scotland), but here are a few photos that might make it into artwork over the next year:

Aberdeenshire

St. Andrews

Along the northern coast of Aberdeenshire, towards Banff

Loch Ness

Ben Nevis from Camusnagaul Bay

Taken from Corran on the banks of Loch Linnhe, looking back towards Fort William

If you want to know any more about the bike or cycle touring in Scotland, please leave a comment!

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2 thoughts on “The End of a Holiday…

  1. I’m trying to decide whether to spend the US$5,000 for a new hase Pino. From this blog post, I’m guessing you were happy with it, but I’d love to get confirmation before I throw down that much money 🙂

    Thanks,

    — Ken

    • We bought one second hand, the only reason we didn’t buy one earlier was the price. It is a lot of money, but if it’s right for you then it’s definitely worth the cost. The new aluminium folding model should make it easier to transport it around, although we had ours on the train with no real problems and we have the steel non-folding version. I couldn’t really fault it, but if I was going to nit-pick, here are a few things to think about:

      – Bottle cages. The steel version only has one mount, you could use band on cages, I used big zip-ties as a stop gap. You can hang a hydration reservoir on the stoker’s seat though.
      – Hand position. It is a bit weird, because of this a lot of people get numb hands. Eventually I opted for ergon grips that gave more palm support. Lowering the bars and placing them as far forward a they go also helped, but it depends what style of riding you’re used to. After 10 days of riding 5+ hours a day, I didn’t have any issues with hand numbness.
      – Definitely get the low-rider rack and touring stand, even if you don’t want to do any touring, it makes it easier if you can just stand it up anywhere, plus the stoker then has a seat for lunch stops!
      – It can take a while for the stoker to get used to the position, it’s quite exposed on the front.

      All in all, it’s good fun and well built. We didn’t try one first, which was a gamble but it payed off. If you do get the chance to try one then obviously it’s worth doing so. The only other option I’ve come across is the Bilenky viewpoint, but that’s even more expensive! Even if we’d payed full price for the pino, I would still be happy with it.

      Matt

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