Who to fit on a tandem
I've owned several tandems, and now I'm stuck because my daughter has gotten a bit too large for a BuddyBike or KidzTandem (she loved being in the front). I never really fit either of those because I'm too tall - so moving to a regular tandem is something I'm ready for.
I really want to get a Quadribent kit and mount it to a couple of Rans Stratus XL's (more realistically a couple of SUN EZ1's) - but due to SPS (Single Parent Syndrome) the funds are limited.
So I'm looking at a couple of used mid level tandems - but they present a problem. I can get a 95 Burley Duet or a 2009 Trek T900.
The Duet it the large, and the frame size will fit me - and I can get a child stoker kit for about $50 - but my daughter will be up high. Due to neck problems I'd also have to swap the drop bars for risers (not a big deal). I am concerned about getting a 17 year old bicycle that has a different crankset and bottom bracket than the years that came after it and before it. We commute by bike a lot - and a sturdy bottom bracket with no freeplay is a must since I pretty much do all of the pedaling.
The Trek t900 would fit my daughter in the back - but the 18.5 front is about 4 inches short for my 36 inch inseam (did I mention I'm really tall?). A 400mm setback seatpost and 5 inch riser bars would probably make it look like a circus ride - and I'm not sure it would be enough for me to fit comfortably.
Of course - one is more street oriented and the other would be a better trail bike. But what I'm curious about is whether you think should get a bike that fits me and adapt it for my daughter - or get one that fits my daughter and adapt it for me?
Get a tandem that fits the pilot. Why?
Because you are done growing and your daughter isn't.
With few exceptions, you fit the tandem to the captain and make sure it can be adapted for the stoker(s)... within reason.
A large size new or used Co-Motion PeriScope would be a good bike to look for since it will "grow" with your daughter.