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shouldn't it be ladies first ?(9 posts)

shouldn't it be ladies first ?nn23
Jul 18, 2002 12:21 PM
Why do you think that in a mixed tandem, its always the guy on the wheel and the woman the stoker? Does it have any cycling specific advantages? Is it a chauvinist thing or simply tradition? Wouldn't the smaller rider at the front make more sense - aerodynamically as well as the fact that the man does not block the woman's view.

Excuse me if the question sounds theoretical, but I've neither ever ridden a tandem nor seen any same-sex tandem riders with visibly different physiques.
usually tallest rider in front (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2002 12:22 PM
Typical tandem constructionMel Erickson
Jul 18, 2002 1:19 PM
makes it easier for the taller rider to fit on the front, usually the male. Good tandem builders can do it the other way around but it can take a custom build. Some of Santana's tandems http://www.santanainc.com/bvtandem.html
have a different construction that look like they could accomodate smaller riders in front without a custom build. It's mainly a geometry issue.
A larger stoker position may pose frame construction...greg n
Jul 18, 2002 12:48 PM
or integrity problems. Just a thought.
Never ridden a tandem bike, but....Bill is in Denver
Jul 18, 2002 1:06 PM
But, on motorcycles I can tell you the bike handles much easier if the person in back weighs less than the person in front. Doesn't really matter how much weight we're talking about..the person in back can be 200lbs as long as the front is 220...but switch it around and the bike handles wierd. Insert your own joke here about a man's concentration with his girls butt right in front of him.

Bill
control, tooDougSloan
Jul 18, 2002 1:23 PM
My wife, at 50 pounds less than I am, could not control our tandem. She is not strong enough or large enough. That's part of it. I think you want the stronger person up front.

Doug
Good point. nmMel Erickson
Jul 18, 2002 1:33 PM
control, tooIronbutt
Jul 18, 2002 2:20 PM
On a standard tandem, absolutely. On a recumbent tandem, the size of the captain and stoker are immaterial. I had a crash several years ago, and wound up stoking for a friend who owns a Rans Screamer. She's a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter, and had no difficulties at all controlling the bike. We did get some strange looks; with our height difference it looked like the bike had stadium seating!
At the Midwest Tandem RallySpoke Wrench
Jul 18, 2002 2:28 PM
in Omaha a few years ago, there were probably 400 tandem teams lined up for a mass start. A local radio DJ asked how many had the woman in front. Two teams responded. One of those had a blind male stoker.