Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
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If you are thinking of adding the handlebars normally found on the front of a road bike to the back of the tandem, they are in my opinion the best bars you can put on the back of a tandem intended for use on the road because of the variety of hand positions possible, better for example than the "cowhorn" time trial bars, which have fewer positions.
On a normal production road tandem, the stoker handlebars and/or the stoker "dummy brake levers" (get those) with a normal-sized stoker, will overlap the captain's butt/hips, and therefore unless you are rather thin, you will probably want to use handlebars of nominal 44-46 cm (more likely 46cm) measurement, keeping in mind that different manufacturers measure their handlebars different ways, i.e. c-t-c or outside edge to outside edge. Measure the ones you plan to use or ask how they are measured (!). These dimensions are considered to be wider than the average woman would normally use on a single bike.
A change in handlebar type may require a change in handlebar distance from the seatpost or handlebar height. Be prepared to adjust or change the stoker stem.
My regular stoker will be out of town, but if I can get somebody signed up, I am thinking about doing the FWBA Stan Ford Venus (TX) ride on tandem January 10. It seems unlikely today that I will have a stoker signed up for the Saturday Jan. 3 FWBA ("Muddy, Doggy, Stinky"(?)) ride.