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Old 10-30-19, 05:45 PM
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Bikes: 2010 Bob Brown Cycles tandem, 2019 Co-Mo Carrera tandem, 1980 Richardson tandem, 2014 Cervelo R3, 2018 Specialized Roubaix, 1985 Bianchi Campione, 1983 Trek 720, 2020 Trek Fuel EX8, 2021 Salsa Mukluk

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Originally Posted by Paul J View Post
I didn't want to take the "Happy Couples" thread so thought I'd pull this into a new one. Question for jim_pridx, on the picture you posted 10-29-2019. I'd love to hear about your custom build. What areas did you adjust? I too have a 36+ inseam though I'm 6' 1" now that I've shrunk a bit. :-) My wife is taller then yours but we ride a Large/Small older style Speedster which is just within our fit to get the longer head tube. The Large/Small configuration has a head tube is longer then the Large/Medium. Pictures of happy tandem couples?

Well, the primary goal was to put me into a slightly more upright position to relieve a bit of neck and back strain, so we went with a longer head tube as well as a 350mm steerer tube. It definitely helped, for this is the most comfortable tandem I've ever ridden! At one time I was close to 6'4", but since disc degeneration has brought me down in height by almost two inches as well as causing a considerable amount of pain while riding, it only made sense to go with the custom frame. Other than raising up the front end, the only changes we made from the stock Carrera involved a triple da Vinci crankset instead of a double, and we opted for a set of bombproof wheels. My wife has always been pretty comfortable with standard dimensions for a shorter rider, so we pretty much left that alone. If there's one criticism I can make of the bike, it's about the mounting location for the rear disc brake caliper. Since the seat stays become much tighter to one another on the rear triangle of this frame, it becomes impossible to swap out the TRP Spyre mechanica brake for anything larger (i.e., a TRP HY/RD will not fit). All in all, though, we're very happy with the bike!
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