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Tandem sizing(6 posts)

Tandem sizingjaybird
Sep 28, 2001 5:21 AM
Hey guys, I am getting married in a few weeks and I was thinking of picking up a tandem for next season. She already has 2 bikes but I thought that a tandem would keep us together more and keep me from getting dropped so much. (sound familiar MB1?) All kidding aside, my main concern is sizing. I am 6'3" and she is 5'7". Her bike is 49cm and mine are all about 59cm give or take. How and who do we size the bike for and where do you make compromises?
Fit the captain first.MB1
Sep 28, 2001 5:25 AM
There is a ton of adjustability in the back of a tandem as long as you start with a long enough top tube.

Most tandems are sized expecting the height differences you have. I'm thinking a large Santana-the brand I am most fimilar with- will fit fine.

One other thing-Test ride, test ride, test ride.
No compromises necessary...MrCelloBoy
Sep 28, 2001 8:37 AM
Go to a good tandem source and they should be able to fit you both comfortably on a tandem. With your size discrepancy I doubt she plans to captain ever. There are some neat recumbent and combo recumbent/upright designs that would actually allow her a view other than your back.
Check out this link I attached...
Saw a "Side by Side" tandem at a ride, I kid you not. . .js5280
Sep 28, 2001 9:32 AM
Two wheels, fairly standard looking frame except there were two seats side by side and two cranks for each. Wish I got a picture, it was really funky. I wouldn't say it's a performance bike, more of an cruiser style, but a neat oddity none-the-less.
You mean a "Sociable" (Sheldon Brown is the man!).MB1
Sep 28, 2001 9:56 AM
what do you do when that shows up on the bike pathmr_spin
Sep 28, 2001 1:11 PM
"On your left" won't do much good...