Semi-recumbent tandem as smart bike for the cityHow can the groceries get home, the family get to the garden, or the couple get to their favorite picnic spot? On the PINO STEPS, of course! The e-tandem from Hase Bikes takes you quickly from A to B in an environmentally friendly way, and lets you easily bring along all kinds of cargo. Or your favorite co-pilot.
The powerful mid-motor from Shimano can be switched on with the touch of a button when the hill’s too steep, or the will too weak. The battery has a capacity of 418 watts and can be charged in 4 hours.
PINO as cargo bike: let the good times roll!The colorful City Bag brightens up the concrete jungle and swallows up your load, transforming the Pino into a cargo bike with an attitude. The City Bag slides over the backrest of the recumbent seat and hooks onto the frame in front. Up to 80 liters of cargo can be packed away in this attractive, sturdy, and waterproof “trunk.”
The robust Porter Rack below the bag is a foldable luggage carrier that doubles as a sturdy two-legged kickstand, adding even more load-carrying capacity: e.g. for that case of ginger beer or an XXL watermelon for the neighbors’ shindig.
PINO as family taxi: I’m front and center!It’s also fine for kids to ride in a wooden crate, either alone or sandwiched between the organic leeks and baguettes. But as we see it: kids aren’t cargo. And they have much more energy to burn than a loaf of bread. That’s why the PINO keeps kids and cargo separate and offers a Children’s Crankset that turns petite passengers from 3’3” (100 cm) in height into active co-pilots – attracting envious stares from their trailer-bound peers.
After burning up all that energy, your tired stoker might just need a little nap. Which is fine, thanks to the freewheel and three-point harness. After all, Daddy has the Shimano motor as a backup, just in case he can’t handle the pedaling on his own.
A PINO built for two: Daisy, Daisy…The old-fashioned “bicycle built for two” was never as romantic as it sounded in the songs. How could poor “Daisy” give her answer while staring at the back of her beloved’s head and trying to keep pace with the pedaling? Thanks to the two different seat heights on the PINO, the stoker in the front recumbent seat can share the beautiful view – and pleasant conversations – with the captain.
No road is too long when you share the experience. The Shimano will help you get there, and the Rack Bag under the recumbent seat lets you bring along all the provisions you need!
Who better to test our PINO STEPS prototypes than experienced bike dealer Monika Schwarz? The 46-year-old has always had a passion for anything with wheels and pedals – including adaptive cycles for special needs riders. She even worked in our manufacturing facility for several years.
So when, in the spring of 2015, we walked into Fahrrad Claus – the bike shop she runs in Trebur with her companion, Oliver Claus – it was actually a visit to old friends.
“The PINO is now a bike that can be – and is – used for many different purposes,” she explained soon after our arrival. She knows all PINO model years and is familiar with the many options available for adapting the tandem to individual needs and wishes.
The PINO has always played a role in Monika’s life – it was there when she needed to transport her ill sister, when she met Oliver, when she taxied her kids around, and whenever she needed to transport large loads.
For Monika, the new PINO is the most versatile family-touring-cargo-everyday bike possible. “In all my years, I’ve never seen a cargo bike with this much carrying capacity,” said Monika. Be it produce, pet supplies, or paint cans – the PINO can handle cargo of all sizes.
And the new Shimano STEPS e-bike system has no problem with heavy loads. “The ride is smooth, and the motor provides good support,” observed Monika, approvingly.
“Everyone I’ve shown the bike to has also been amazed at how seamlessly the e-motor is integrated into the PINO frame.” And on shopping trips, the pedelec has practically as much cargo capacity as a car. “Even when fully loaded, I never have to huff and puff up hills.”
And it’s not just the unfolded PORTER BAG on the front seat that makes load-lugging a piece of cake: the PORTER RACK under the seat handles heavy loads like a breeze. From bottles to bulky boxes, the new PINO packs it in. Monika stows a tray of vegetable seedlings under the front seat.
“The fact is, I no longer need a car in the city,” she said with a proud smile. “A few weeks ago, I even used the PINO for transporting an injured passenger!” Monika’s son Darius had hurt his foot and wasn’t allowed to walk or pedal. So she taxied him around in the front seat of the PINO. “Thanks to the extra power from the motor, I even enjoyed it.”
She also loves the new kickstand. “It folds away automatically when you start riding, and it’s relatively effortless to engage, even when the tandem is fully loaded.” And the best part: when parked on its stand, the PINO is as steady as a rock!
“The PINO with e-motor is my absolute favorite bike,” confessed Monika. “It used to be my kid-taxi, but now it’s my go-to bike for every errand and destination.” The best part is: “Since we’ve had the e-PINO, even Darius is crazy about shopping. Which frees up more time for me …,” she said, smiling.
“Is that the new vegetarian bike?” joked a passerby, noticing the colorful assortment of vegetables we had brought along for lunch. Catchy, but that would be a much too one-sided name for the multitalented PINO STEPS.