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Old 12-30-09, 08:52 AM   #1
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7' captain

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My daughter is dating a young man who is 7' tall. We would like to find a tandem for them to ride with us. I know we should just set aside the next three month's house payments to buy them a custom tandem (ain't gonna happen) so we are looking for a used tandem that will work. He has something like a 27" frame single, and she is 5'9" so at least we are not looking for something for a giant and a dwarf.

Anybody have some insight as to what you might consider a minimum frame size for him as captain, and what might be the maximum frame size we could go with her as stoker? I've seen some XL frame tandems in the past, but I don't want to go so large that the stoker would have to put blocks of wood on the pedals to reach.

This would only be our third tandem in the stable and still trying to convince myself whether I should find a triplet so we have it, just in case.
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Old 12-30-09, 09:15 AM   #2
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7 foot? Egads! Maybe a less expensive and simpler alternative would be for him to get fitted on an XL frame using a higher seat tube and raised handlebars?


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...respectfully suggest, she get a new boyfriend about a half a foot shorter
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'IF' you can find someone near that height that wants to sell their tandem used . . .
Have designed a tandem for a friend that was 6'7", stoker was 5'3". Frame size was 27" for him with custom-made 220mm cranks (by Bullseye) and hers was 19" frame. A frame that size could fit him with a x-tra long seatpost and maybe a stem extender for height and reach.
Not knowing daughters configuration, up to a 23" frame could be a good fit.
Good luck in your search!
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Old 12-30-09, 10:46 PM   #5
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The Jumbo/med Cannondales might work. The back would be right for her and he may be ok on the front with a long seatpost and stem.
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I am sure it is small but might be worth a look. Wheelworks (Doug) has left over new trek t100 & t50 size 62/56 from 1994 they are new bikes (never sold) Phone # 817-489-3577. I just bought one myself and It is being shipped now.
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I'm 6'4" while my wife is 5'1", and we've never found a production tandem that fit well for our height differences. On the other hand, I have seen custom tandems for sale on occasion that might have. One in particular had about a 27" front while the rear was about 21". It was a really strange looking bike, but I would imagine that looking through all of the tandem classifieds that are out there as well as checking eBay on occasion might yield a pleasant surprise.
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'IF' you can find someone near that height that wants to sell their tandem used . . .
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The Jumbo/med Cannondales might work. The back would be right for her and he may be ok on the front with a long seatpost and stem.
Maybe we are a team in appropriate size...I'm 6'9" and my stoker is 6'2" and we are satisfied with our '08 C'dale Road Tandem in Jumbo/Large. Of course I had to replace the seat posts (and also the handle bar to a wider one). The stoker seat post is now a Cane Creek Thudbuster in XL, but this shouldn't be necessary for your stoker ;o)
In my opinion the top tube length is the most important sizing detail, shorter seat tubes are not a problem.

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