Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Big problem with a suspension fork is finding one that is heavy duty enough for a Tandem. Heavy weight springs may be available to bring this fork up to scratch but Even the heaviest weight spring on a Solo fork is not generally enough. I can assure you that it is no fun riding a pogo stick on the road,. Slightest input of power and up you go- and down- then up again etc. For road and gentle trail riding there is no problem in a rigid fork so don't worry. Sell the Manitou and get a GOOD stokers suspension seat post. That will save you going deaf from all the yelling from a stoker in pain.
On the roof rack- I still use a conventional car roof rack and lay the bike down on it. Make certain it is well strapped on. And I take the wheels off to make it a bit lighter to lift. I also Tape the Bars to the one side so that they do not swing at a critical moment and scratch the car roof.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.