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Recumbent Tandems(6 posts)

Recumbent TandemsSoftrider
Jul 28, 2003 7:17 AM
I have spent the last couple of years riding with my son on a MTB with a trail-a-bike attached. He is now outgrowing the trail-a-bike, so I have decided to look for a tandem. My problem is that I am 6'5" and he is 4'2" and finding a tandem that will fit, outside of a custom job, is next to impossible.

My LBS owner suggested that we consider a recumbent tandem, and that the fitting would be much easier. My question is are there any good online sources of information on recumbent bicycles? My searches have not turned up much information.

Thanks for your help
Chalet Shop?Spoke Wrench
Jul 28, 2003 7:45 AM
I might not have that name exactly right. It's located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The owner's name is Rolf something and he is both knowledgable and objective regarding recumbents including tandems.

Sorry, I don't have an email address.
An easier way...biknben
Jul 28, 2003 7:50 AM
The closest thing I've seen to a recumbent tandem was a bike with a recumbent captain and regular stoker. I wouldn't imagine these types of setups will be anything other than custom.

Many people use tandems with children. A crankset is mounted on the stoker's seat tube and is adjusted to fit the child. It has a separate chain connecting it to the chainring below.

Burley offers one:

As the child grows you move the crank down until they are big enough to use the normal one. Seems like a much better option than a recumbent tandem.
re: Recumbent Tandemsgregario
Jul 28, 2003 7:51 AM
I'm surprised, you should be able to find plenty of information by doing a search. First, go to

There are three or four recumbent tandem models that I'm aware of and I'm sure there are more. The big name is Rans, with their Screamer model; Vision has the Double Vision, I think Long Cycles has a tandem and I was going to say Bike-E as well but they went bankrupt. At your height you may have trouble finding a conventional tandem in your size but if you do I would think you could install a child stoker conversion kit that would accommodate your son.

Also try the Hostel Shoppe. They are recumbent experts.

I don't have any experience with riding a recumbent tandem however.
re: Recumbent TandemsNigeyy
Jul 28, 2003 8:04 AM
try posting a message on this board:

There are some very knowledgeable people there about 'bents. Also, try -I know Vision, Flevobike, Longbike, Barcroft and Rans all make tandems (do a search on tandems only, you can also do a search on dealers in your state).

I think is a big 'bent dealer, and they are currently running a special on Rans tandems -free shipping I think.

Oh one point -I hope you know how you are going to transport this bike (if you need to)? That could be a big drawback if you're not too careful. Anyway, I'm very envious -I'd love a tandem recumbent -good luck!
re: Recumbent TandemsOld Kenny
Jul 28, 2003 11:25 AM

Click on "'Bent Guide" for links to ALL of the 'Bent manufacturers. ATP Vision, Rans and others make tandems.