One of our most challenging and exciting bike builds came from a family in Vernon, British Columbia. The request came in from the Physical Therapist of Tatiana and Krista Hogan, who are extraordinary little girls.
Tatiana and Krista are craniopagus conjoined twins, meaning they are joined at the head, which is extremely rare. When we got the request to build a tandem bike for them, our team of engineers immediately started brainstorming designs to get the girls the bike of their dreams.
After many weeks of conversation, designs, calculations and effort, our team started to build the bike. There was a lot of thought that went into this bike to ensure it would work perfectly for Tatiana and Krista. The bike needed to be stable enough to support three riders (two in the front, one in the back) while offering the same therapeutic benefits that our adaptive bikes are known for. The bike was equipped with two front seats, individual support systems, as well as individual propulsion systems so each rider can pedal at their own pace.
Today, you might spot the Hogan family riding down the streets on Vernon, BC on their custom tandem. You can see the tandem in action in the CBC Docs feature, Inseperable: Ten Years Joined at the Head
Conjoined Twin Tandem Features:
- Two sets of pedals for both girls to use at their own pace
- Heavy-duty gearing system for the girls to get around
- Extended Handlebars for the girls to steer and hold on
- Two bike horns for the girls so you can hear them coming!
- Two seatbelts, chest straps and hip belts to keep the girls safe and secure