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What can you do with a stoker like this?(34 posts)

What can you do with a stoker like this?MB1
Sep 28, 2001 4:53 AM
re: What can you do with a stoker like this?jaybird
Sep 28, 2001 5:02 AM
You should know better than to ask a question like that on this board... Dont you remember the comments people made about her winter pose?
Just trying to keep Dog jealous. nmMB1
Sep 28, 2001 5:11 AM
I'm greenDog
Sep 28, 2001 6:55 AM
Yes, I'm envious. Quit rubbing it in.

Nonetheless, I do get my wife out on our cheap KHS tandem now and then. We have a blast (limited to around 12 miles, though). If I can just keep her from resisting my pedaling, we'd have it made. :-)

Doug
If you are willing to spend a little moneyMB1
Sep 28, 2001 7:10 AM
You could get one of those adapters that allow you to pedal independently. I imagine you like to spin more than she does, I forget what they are called but I have heard ok things about them.

You could probably track them down on the net.
thanks... or highway pegs :-) nmDog
Sep 28, 2001 7:16 AM
Tried a tamdem with mine once with same resultsChris Zeller
Sep 28, 2001 8:09 AM
Now I understand why I'm always waiting on her when we bike together. She only pedals half of the time! What the hey?
Mary Poppins is your stoker? (nm)mickey-mac
Sep 28, 2001 5:06 AM
nm
she can make sure the picnic doesn't fall off the back. nmraboboy
Sep 28, 2001 5:32 AM
Is that the emergency brake? (nm)Kristin
Sep 28, 2001 5:42 AM
resistance training device (nm)Jack S
Sep 28, 2001 6:02 AM
nm
I'd like to see you guys try that on rollers. nmSpinchick
Sep 28, 2001 6:12 AM
We'll save that for my first ride with you! nmMB1
Sep 28, 2001 7:11 AM
Oh you are a brave man. After knowing aboutSpinchick
Sep 28, 2001 7:42 AM
my first experience on rollers? My back side is still bruised.
You could use the umbrella as a drag chute! (nm)Rusty McNasty
Sep 28, 2001 6:47 AM
More pix of that dude...er chick?Enough Already!!!!!!!!!
Sep 28, 2001 7:32 AM
Why? Who cares? Enough with the pictures already
So don't look. nmSpinchick
Sep 28, 2001 7:40 AM
That's a MAN BABY!!!!!!! .......nmAustin Danger Powers
Sep 28, 2001 7:34 AM
I thought the person in the back was called the stoker...Pack Meat
Sep 28, 2001 7:52 AM
but the chick is up front????
Ouch! Guess I shouldn't have shaved my beard. nmMB1
Sep 28, 2001 8:18 AM
re: What can you do with a stoker like this?fishwheel
Sep 28, 2001 8:24 AM
My daughter (6 yrs old) and I have a single speed tandem we ride together and she loves. She is a little too short for the pedals so I was goint to put a shorter set of cranks on so she could stay in contact at th ebottom of her stroke. She tried to convince me to take the cranks right off and replace them with pegs that she could just rest her feet on............................My response uh......NO!

Now she actually takes pride in being the difference in whether or not we make it over hills or not.
You've got an Ace there man! nmMB1
Sep 28, 2001 8:26 AM
Have you tried pedal blocks.MB1
Sep 28, 2001 8:47 AM
They are pretty much 2 pieces of 2X4 strapped to each side of a pedal with a section of innertube (duct tape should work). They allow a slightly too short rider to reach the pedals.
nobn
Sep 28, 2001 9:00 AM
cranks will still be too long. try a child stoker kit to get it all right (BikeFriday uses these on their family tandem)... or just wait a couple of years
Yes. I beg to differ. The cranks travel might be longerMB1
Sep 28, 2001 9:05 AM
than ideal but pedalblocks have the same effect as lowering the seat. Pedal blocks are only appropriate for children who will quickly grow out of them anyway.
pedal blocks - great idea!Spinchick
Sep 28, 2001 10:30 AM
I've been looking for a tag-along (I don't know what they are really called). I figure the Lil' Biker will be big enough to ride one in the spring. But I was wondering what to do the following years when she got too big for the kid size tag-along but not big enough to reach pedals on a full size tandem. Thanks for the idea.
Well if you are going to do it a lot, bn is rightMB1
Sep 28, 2001 10:44 AM
There is a child stoker adapter for tandems that works well. I rode 10 miles with a 3 year old once and it was a load of fun for us both.

Here is Burleys catalogue picture of one. Most USA brands offer them.
BTW How old is the little biker? 3+ right?MB1
Sep 28, 2001 11:00 AM
If she can fit a tandem with a child stoker kit she is going to be a lot happier than with a tag-a-long. You will be too. Just remember to limit the rides to her attention span (longer than you might think since the bike will provide lots of stimulation).

On the tandem she will feel like (and will be) an integral part of a team, on the tag-a-long she is going to feel like she is being dragged along a lot of the time. Plus the view is better from the tandem.

Can you tell I like tandems.
I think you're right about the tandemSpinchick
Sep 28, 2001 12:09 PM
being a better view. She's 3 1/2 but pretty tall and agile for her age. The tandem child stoker kit looks like a better deal in the long run anyway since she'll grow out of a tag-along and we won't be able to use it again. Guess it's time to start a serious search for a tandem.
Well if you are going to do it a lot, bn is rightfishwheel
Sep 28, 2001 11:02 AM
I did actually go with the pedal blocks. I looked into the child tandem adapter, but they cost more than I spent on the bike, and my daughter was too big. My girl is six, but she's very tall (tallest in her class by a lot). In fact I can't see making a large investment for something we will only need for a little while at the rate she grows. In fact by my calculations she should be tall enough right about................now.

The bike is a '74 Schwinn Twinn not exactly a high end tandem, but we look cool ridin that bike with the shiny chrome and all, pullin a trailer with either little bro or all of our baseball equipment. fishing gear, or tent or ........
LOL. You sound like us with all the equipment.Spinchick
Sep 28, 2001 12:12 PM
We were thinking about getting a pull-behind cart just for the dogs. They used to run with me when I rode trails on the mtb but they're getting on in years now for all those miles.
Nice!MrCelloBoy
Sep 28, 2001 8:39 AM
I really need to have someone take some pic's of me and the not-a-wife on the Calfee this weekend!
True, after all you did promise to post.MB1
Sep 28, 2001 8:43 AM
A lot of disappointed eyes out there (or is it in here).
That's about the only time she sees you from that angle ...Humma Hah
Sep 28, 2001 4:56 PM
... while riding, I'll bet.

She's just trying to increase the quality of your exercise with that draggy accessory.