My wife and I decided it was finally time to get a tandem! I just found this forum last night and was up till midnight reading lots of posts getting more excited about our purchase. I wanted to post my situation and a few questions-
I remember thinking over a dozen years ago that I would get a tandem if I ever met a woman that liked cycling. A mutual friend invited my future wife to join us on the ’92 version of RAGBRAI and we’ve been biking together ever since including numerous centuries, a trip to Tuscany, some citizen races & eight RAGBRAI’s.
In 2000, we had a beautiful daughter and I started thinking more seriously about a tandem; I can’t ride fast enough pulling the Burley and my wife doesn’t get a workout. A tandem will allow us to ride as a family with my daughter eventually taking the stoker seat.
We’re both strong, light riders-riding together on our singles we can push a 19 mph average on a hilly loop and our combined weight will be around 270 lbs (I weigh a bit more than my wife). I’m leaning away from oversized aluminum and towards steel for the cushier ride.
Because we don’t get much time away from our daughter, we’ve only got in one test ride on a Co-Motion Primera. I can’t say we were “hooked”, but we felt really smooth once we got rolling. I think we’re ready to buy a Co-Motion Speedster. http://www.co-motion.com/speedst.html I know we should get in more test rides, but it will be September before we get the bike if we shop around much more.
More stats-I’m 5’5” and ride a 53cm LeMond Zurich and my wife is 5’4” and rides a 49cm Waterford. I believe the small Speedster would be a good fit. We live in Madison, WI with some good hills, but not much over a mile long.
Now the questions:
-Any complaints about the Speedster or Co-Motion in general? Are there any bikes I really should test ride before we settle on the Speedster?
-I’ve seen some comments about Co-Motions having a “racier” trail. What does that mean? Any other geometry issues we should look out for?
-How are the stock wheels on the Speedster (Hugi hubs, Velocity Dyad rims)? We’ve got a great shop in town for building wheels so I can get just about anything.
-Bull horns vs. drop bars for the stoker-any comments?
-Is the Wound-Up carbon fork worth the money?
-Has anyone tried putting a Flight Deck wireless on the stoker bar? What other computer options work well for the stoker?
-Any comments on the Thule vs. Yakima (or other) roof rack? We have a Volvo wagon and I’m a bit concerned with the overall length of the rack.
-I’m convinced a suspension seat post is the way to go for the stoker. Will there be any problems attaching a Trail-A-Bike to a suspension seat post?
-I’d like to upgrade to DuraAce shift levers from Ultegra since that’s what I have on my single. Any comments?
-Should we even try the stock saddles (Co-Motion D2 Men's & Women's) or go with our single bike saddles from the start?
-Finally, what’s your favorite color or fade?
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for your comments!