Went on first big ride on new [old] Santana tandem yesterday.
This is the 1987 model Santana Sovereign that I posted about earlier.
There is an immediate problem that I need to fix before much more riding can be done. The stoker bars are uncomfortable!
The original bike came with "Cinelli/Santana" handlebars both front and rear, and both have "46" stamped on them. (There is actually "Specialized" and "Santana" stamped on the bars, dunno why.) Yes, they are wide!
However, the original owner decided to saw off the stoker bars and flip them upside-down, making them into "bullhorns". Unfortunately these are now uncomfortable.
So I'm wondering about what to do. First off, the bullhorns extend frontwards by 5 inches from the top of the bar where it clamps to the stem. So the "reach" isn't that great (only 5 inches). I measured about 43.5 cm center to center width at the point where they are cut off. The bars barely clear my tush. My main concern about choosing new bars is - will they clear my tush? I'd like to put drop bars on the back like it was originally, plus the original owner gave me the original Dia Compe dummy brake hoods. So my question is - 40cm or 42cm drop bars won't work for the stoker, will they? Should I buy new bars for the captain and put the captain's 46cm bars on the rear?
Do the captain bars need to be wide on a tandem for some reason? I'm thinking about 40cm or 42cm bars for the captain.
Or, are there any recommended bullhorn-style bars for stokers?
This is a 26mm clamp.
Any advice appreciated.