Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes: Pacific Catalina, Schwinn Traveller
Small team, first tandem
I'm looking for a first, entry level touring tandem for a 5'6" captain/4'8" stoker. My stoker is my youngest daughter, and this looks like the only way she'll keep up with us on tour and local loaded shopping runs. She has a maximum standover of about 24", and yes she's all legs.
Fuji Absolute LE, looks like a 2005
That's what my LBS has, and we'll be test riding the 19"/15" this weekend. We only had time to do a quick sit on in the shop last week, and the stoker fits just fine but I was a little cramped (also all limbs, and the cockpit seemed a little short.) I know next to nothing about sizes and geometry, my method of singles purchasing has always been to sit on things and buy what felt best.
I have a few questions. I haven't ridden clips in years, and she's never ridden them, and this will be our first ride on a tandem. Is this "how not to fall over in front of the nice salesman"? Hold the bike up while my daughter clips in, clip in my lead foot, let her launch us, pedal hard enough to get us balanced and figure out how to clip in my other foot at the same time?
If this bike doesn't seem right, who should I be looking at for a hybrid that small? I can't spend more than $1000, the LBS has offered me this one at a deep discount.
Is there anything else I should know so as not to crash?