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Old 02-23-08, 10:31 AM   #1
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Handlebar question & general ideas

We have an EZ Tandem (recumbent) which is fine, but it's really long, and we find we don't take it places because it is a chore to pack. Am thinking about replacing it (and possibly a Twinn with something a little more conventional, giving us a little more "legs" when we go for a family outing.

I'm leaning toward either a Bike Friday Family Traveler (8 speed?) or something like a Burley Zydeco or Samba. I don't see going over 30 miles at a time except on very rare occasions. Either way, flat bars would probably be replaced by North Roads or Albatross or something similar. (I don't like drop bars, although I suppose if the stem were comically tall...) I've sketched it out, and both of these ought to fit in the back of a truck with a 2 meter bed with a front wheel removed.

So I'm curious, is there any collective experience with upright bars on a tandem? I don't expect to ride this very aggressively, particularly down hills. We have some friends with a Periscope, which I probably ought to beg a ride on sometime.
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Old 02-23-08, 10:41 AM   #2
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So I'm curious, is there any collective experience with upright bars on a tandem? I don't expect to ride this very aggressively, particularly down hills. We have some friends with a Periscope, which I probably ought to beg a ride on sometime.
I guess that I don't understand the question. Conventional framed tandems with upright bars are common. Many folks prefer that configuration. My daughter and son-in-law have one.
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Yeah, it was poorly phrased, sorry. Was helping play club penguin with a 5YO at the same time.

Anyway, I've seen tandems with flat bars & drop bars, but except for old Schwinns & Columbias, none with other upright bars. Didn't know if there was a reason why not other than preference.

Also, any Zydeco experiences here?

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Zydeco is bottom line Burley. The last couple years of that model were the better ones as they were alu and built off-shore. Samba would be a better choice in the Burley line.
If you can get a ride on a Co-Mo Peri, do it! $2570 for a new flatbar Peri . . . a great bike!
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