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Old 01-01-07, 10:31 AM   #1
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Team Weight

My captain (male, 6 feet) and I (female, 5'4 1/2")) are tracking our combined team weight (although I was not eager to jump on the body fat scale after New Year's Eve festivities!). Our combined weigh-in today is 290 pounds. Our tandem weighs approximately 39 pounds (loaded with racks, water bottle cages).
What is your team weight?
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Old 01-01-07, 05:37 PM   #2
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Captain is 6'-0"
Stoker is 5'-4"
combined weight is 280 (of course we can't ride at that weight, gotta add cycling clothes etc.)
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Old 01-01-07, 05:55 PM   #3
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Just at the moment, me 73 kg, wife (7+ months pregnant) 73 kg, son 12kg, bike + bike seat + bags about 27 kg = 185 kg. It's getting tough going up the hill to home now and I can't see us riding for much longer this time around.
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Old 01-01-07, 09:54 PM   #4
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Team weight just a shade under 250 lbs.
Pilot 5'7" at 135 lbs; stoker 4'10-3/4" at 112 . . . even after the 'holidaze'. Ages: 74/71.
Tandem weight +/- 30 lbs with most of our stuff on it . . . rack, 'puter, bottles, trunk bag, toolkit, etc.
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Just at the moment, me 73 kg, wife (7+ months pregnant) 73 kg, son 12kg, bike + bike seat + bags about 27 kg = 185 kg. It's getting tough going up the hill to home now and I can't see us riding for much longer this time around.
That is awesome that your 7+ months pregnant wife is tandeming - congrats to your family and Happy New Year!
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Old 01-02-07, 05:45 AM   #6
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We weigh about 295, the bike weighs about 32.
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Old 01-02-07, 06:12 AM   #7
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For anyone looking to see how they measure up against other teams, here's a link to an unscientific survey I conducted back in 2004 from which you can probably draw some comparative data on weight, age, miles ridden each year, etc:

http://www.opinionpower.com/results.cgi?id=149012009
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Old 01-02-07, 08:01 AM   #8
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Weight varies between 180, 190 and 290, depending on child or wife stoker. Does not include the trailer which until this weekend I have never ridden without. At least 1, usually 2 in trailer at 35-70 lbs.
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Old 01-02-07, 02:07 PM   #9
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Capt. 5"10" 200#, Stoker 5"3" 110#, bike upper 30's.
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Old 01-02-07, 03:31 PM   #10
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Captain = 6'4" tall @195 lbs (summer) and 205 lbs (winter)
Stoker = 5'6" tall
Bike = 43 lbs
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do keep in mind that stoker weight is similar to weight on the Moon.
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Old 01-07-07, 07:02 PM   #12
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Captain 5-8, 162 lbs. Stoker 5-6, 140 (solid muscle). Bike mid-high 30's
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Old 01-07-07, 07:10 PM   #13
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Stoker 5-6 132lbs, Captain 5-11 164lbs, Bike probably ~40lb
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Old 01-08-07, 02:25 PM   #14
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stoker 5'4" 110
cat. 5'10" 165
no idea of bike weight,..its an older Belinky
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Captain = 6'4" tall @195 lbs (summer) and 205 lbs (winter)
Stoker = 5'6" tall
Bike = 43 lbs
you must have stoker like mine...


Me - 6'2.25", 180
Her - 5'10.75", ??
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You mentioned the body fat scale. At about 2 months after I first starting cycling a year and a half ago, my body fat was at about 16%. After 6-8 months of tandeming and fixed gear riding, it was below 6%. We rode over 3,000 miles in the first year. Something about pulling a 60 pound triplet really tones the muscles.

height/weights
Me: 6'1" 160 lbs
stokette: maybe 3'6" (haven't measured in a while), 36 lbs
stoker: 5'7" 120 lbs
bike: 11' long, about 60 lbs
Occassional trailer and camping gear, 50 lbs
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Old 01-11-07, 12:47 PM   #17
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I am 85 Kg + stoker 55 Kg = 140 Kgs or 308 lbs. Bike weighed in at 23 Kg = 50 lgs (Trek T100 with front and rear racks, 4 cages, aero bars...)
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you must have stoker like mine...
She tries. And, has lots of good qualities.
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Old 01-11-07, 02:30 PM   #19
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Captain: 6'-4", 235 lbs
Stoker: about 4', 60 lbs, 8 yrs old
Tandem: I've never wieghed it. Maybe a tad under 40?
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Captain: 6'-2", 180 lbs
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do keep in mind that stoker weight is similar to weight on the Moon.
Nice one! ~jg
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What you have to think of is the Tandem in Riding weight- Panniers- water bottles and what you carry in the panniers. That can add a good few lbs to the Listed weight of a Tandem in the Bike catalogues. Then, if as me, you ride offroad, you can add afew lbs for the Mud that will collect on the bike and riders and then there are the Breakfast stops- Easily a couple of lbs after those.

Our total weight for the Team- including the Tandem is 400lbs- but without Mud or Breakfast. We may be slow uphill but Look out when gravity takes over.
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Old 01-17-07, 06:55 PM   #23
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do keep in mind that stoker weight is similar to weight on the Moon.
Amen brother, I'd be toast if I ever posted even an estimate of the "secret stoker weight" on-line.

I'm not worried though. I got a very "less than subtle" message last week. We live in Florida and have a lot of ride events around the state in the cooler months of the fall. We did a lot of metrics in the last few months, visited a few places we'd never been before and made some new friends along the way.

I'd been riding single for six years while she didn't ride at all, until we started easing into the tandem thing over the last year and a half. Now in the last six months I've only ridden the single a couple of times and the tandem much more. We've been getting some extra miles in, all well and good, until she announced last week that she had to go shopping for new work slacks because the old ones were now "too big".

I can now paraphrase the old line about "I think I've created a Monster" ........but mine goes...... "I think I've created a Monster with a tighter butt".

She's officially hooked, and a deposit has been placed for the new custom bike.
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Captain at 5' 10" and 170 lbs. (trying for 160...New Year's Resolution)
Stoker #1 at 3' 6" and 42 lbs. (growin' like a weed with no added weight)
Stoker #2 at 4' 8" and 60 lbs. (no growth spurt for a while)
Stoker #3 at 5' 2" and 85 lbs. (looks to have hit her final height)
Bike at 39 lbs. with all bags packed and 4 large water bottles.

So... we range from 251 lbs. to 294 lbs. depending on who's on the back.

Greatest strength-to-weight is with stoker #2, however. He can really go, when he wants to...which seems to be most of the time.

Of course, there's the rare, rare occasion with stoker #4 at 5' 2" and no publishable weight. She's killer on the flats, but slows to a real crawl on any incline.
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OK, I guess I can call you all lightweights. We tip the scales at a less than svelte 430-450. We're working on it, but...
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