Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Champaign, IL
Bikes: 2010 Davinci JointVenture, 1994 Specialized Epic Comp, 2007 Steelhead custom road bike, Surly CrossCheck, 1999 Kona MuniMula MtB, Wife:Civia commuter, Steelhead custom road, 1993 Marin Mtb Extracycle , Kids:Trek tag-along, Jet20, Trek830
My 7 y/o and I bike to school then I go on to the office and once or twice a week we take the tandem (otherwise he rides his own bike). We ride a DaVinci Joint Venture 700 L/S. As noted above, handling of a half-loaded bike is a little different. I have Ortlieb Office Bags on a Surly Rear rack. If the bags are loaded (computer, papers, books... it adds up) the back end gets really loose in the corners (the weight sits just behind the axel and with only one rider between the axels, the tail wants to swing out around corners). I've thought about ways to hang the bags off unused stoker bars to alleviate the problem, but it isn't all that serious on our relatively short, flat and straight commute.