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    Tandem tall bike?

    Anyone know if there are any or not? I was just thinking of how rediculous a tandem for people in the upper 6' bracket would look and the idea came to me.

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    That would be pretty nutty lookin'. Might be fun to try to build one though.

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    Cannondale makes their new road tandem in a size that would suit a rider up to about 6'6". I am 6'4" and have thought about going with the new Cannondale in order to get a better fit than my current tandem. There are several tandem builders that will cutom build a frame to fit any size rider: of course, anything custom is a bit pricey.
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    No no no, tall bike. As in tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonPenguino
    No no no, tall bike. As in tall.
    Methinks that guy got here from the new posts page, and not by clicking on the alt bike forum.

    On topic, I'm certain I saw a picture of one made out of four frames welded together, 2 blue frames and 2 red frames. I can't remember where I saw it though.
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    Here's a tall tandem!
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    Not just tandem tall, but looks like two wheel drive and front/rear steer.
    Wow. Ankle breakingly cool.

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    You mean like this?

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    I can't tell whether that picture was taken before or after the crash.
    Kinda looks like one of those peloton implosions.
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    Hell yes I mean like that, rockage.

    Also, I really like the two wheel steering idea now.

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    I doubt two-wheel steer controlled by two different people would work very well... unless the two people practiced together for a very long time.

    I'm also guessing that the high-wheeler tandem pictured above was a front-steer only. That is surely the least complicated all-wheel-drive drivetrain I've seen.
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    Tall tandem in action... I like these guys, but this is a head injury waiting to happen!
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    What happens when you want to get off youe bike?

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    I've seen side by side tandem tall bikes. I can't find a picture anywhere but I've seen them.
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    Tandem tall bike with retractable outriggers.


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    the king & queen

    our club built this tall bike tandy last year in adelaide, australia.

    the fun part is that the tall guy has no control.
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    pre 1990 tall bikes

    eiffel tower bikes and lamp lighter bikes were often tandems. the advantage is that the bottom chap is pedalling while the top chap is climbing - eliminating the need to climb like wild dogs are chasing you.

    for the source of these photos, and more examples of tallbikes from before the turn of the century, visit johnny payphone's web page: A history of the tallbike 1890-1990

    http://www.johnnypayphone.net/tallbikes/
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    i don't know this guy

    here's yet another...

    this one's called Tandy
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    One fun thing about the tandem tallbike is that since tallbikes don't have brakes, the front person steers and the back person footbrakes.

    The one pictured from May Day is "the Unridden". The top guy steers, the bottom guy's backrest is the turning steer tube. I think that after a certain height the top guy always has to steer, if you think about leverage you'll see what I mean. That bunk-bed tallbike shown from Iowa City is the same way, here's one from 1915 (click for video):



    Another Minneapolis Scallywag bike (3 person):



    Riding a tandem tallbike is really fun and very easy! The rolling mount is surprisingly not difficult.


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    Check out Pedersen bikes for tandem tallbikes.

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    I'm 6'2" and my wife is quite tall as well. I'm in the process of building a tandem that is just right for us by welding together two mountain bikes. I'm excited since all other tandems I've ridden are too short.

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