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Old 11-06-18, 12:15 AM
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Kid tandems?

I was looking at photos of a Schwinn Mini Twinn. A coaster-brake tandem from 1968, apparently only 1968. Although it's obviously Stingray-family, the catalog shows teenagers riding it with maybe eight inches of seat post showing... it also seems to have adult length cranks running very near the ground. A post on a Schwinn forum had more details on this bike specifically but that's not really what I'm after. Why aren't there any more 20" or 24" wheel tandems? I did a cursory look for some from Columbia or Huffy or Murray, which seemed likely, but found none.

https://bikehistory.org/catalogs/1968.html#mini-twinn

Posting here and not in Tandems because it's a 1968 model and I'm pretty sure there's nothing on the market lately unless you count Bike Friday.
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Old 11-06-18, 03:31 AM
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oooh that's just tooooo cute!

Supposedly there's a Raleigh twin Twenty too but I've yet to touch one in person.
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This isn't exactly what you were asking about, but we have a KidzTandem - has a 20" front wheel, kid sits up front. It is incredibly fun, easily the best bicycle-related purchase I've ever made.


It's very adjustable ... and seriously, just so much fun.
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I just saw a Mini Twinn this past weekend. Thought it was really cool. Then I thought about how heavy it would be, how much of a PITA it would be to transport it, and how pedaling that thing in the hills around here would be brutal torture for my kids. Hmm, on second thought, maybe I should have bought it for them!


(apologies for the "wrong side" pic, but the sun was at bad angle, and there was a lot of swap meet frenzy going on at the time)
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I shared a Counterpoint tandem with my daughter when she was pre-teen. Great advantage was the telescoping front beam holding the stoker crank to accommodate her rapidly growing legs. Bilenky now makes this modern and much improved version:

Viewpoint Semi-Recumbent Tandem
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Originally Posted by Dfrost View Post
I shared a Counterpoint tandem with my daughter when she was pre-teen. Great advantage was the telescoping front beam holding the stoker crank to accommodate her rapidly growing legs. Bilenky now makes this modern and much improved version:

Viewpoint Semi-Recumbent Tandem
Same here. Got her to soccer practice several seasons. Also a few multi-day tours. There weren't many made, though. You have to be pretty lucky to find a used one (mine is serial number 21, from 1984**

As for the Raleigh Twenty tandem, even fewer of those were made. I'm unclear whether they are the result of something like Gugificazione or Photoshop, but definitely not Nottingham.
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I can see how in the boom era the CPSC and “sidewalk bikes” might have put the kybosh on two-kid bikes. Maybe something older? Something French?
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Now I see there was a Raleigh Chopper tandem. With two banana seats! It must have been made for a while because I can see several distinct frames.
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