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Old 12-11-05, 10:10 PM
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let the brainwashing begin...

So about 1 year ago I got bikes for the whole family. As a n00b, I didn't know squat and got the heaviest bikes in the known universe. So last week I weighed each bike and it turns out SWMBO's bike is just short of collapsing in on itself to form a black hole at 18kg, the heaviest of the lot. No wonder she was struggling to keep up!

6 months ago I got myself a nice lightweight flatbar Giant CRX2, and just this weekend I swapped the eggbeaters for some plastic platforms and put her on the bike, me on my singlespeed commuter and went for a ride. What an eye-opener! She was able to keep up with me at a pace where she normally becomes a small dot on the horizon behind me. "No wonder you like riding so much" was her comment, and now won't allow me to put the eggbeaters back on.

I guess I will be able to buy me a new bike soon.
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Old 12-11-05, 10:35 PM
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Nice that you can share the same size bike. Even nicer of you to give up the bike.
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Old 12-11-05, 10:38 PM
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Yeah, I give my girlfriend a lot of hand me downs when I upgrade my stuff and I feel bad about it. But she doesn't use it as much as I do and she's not paying for any of it, so she doesn't complain. But whenever I buy her something that's just for her, I try to get her the best.

I think it's only fair that you now ride the 18kg bike and she rides the 8kg one.
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Old 12-11-05, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I think it's only fair that you now ride the 18kg bike and she rides the 8kg one.
Heck, no. The 18kg yellow dwarf will be sold to the next unsuspecting n00b... my commuter is even lighter than the CRX2. It's my project bike and is steadily getting lighter. Carbon forks next.
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I will get my wife a lighter bike and I will ride the 30+ pound mtb.

That will even out the playfield ...
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Jur - any luck on the tandem search?
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Haven't looked lately, what with my car cracking its cylinder head

I did find some more, but they were cheapo, I wouldn't waste my precious dollar on. Lesson learnt this past year is that rather save up a bit and get quality bike gear. <I'm such a cheap-skate>
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The gap is huge. I think we have a Raleigh for $1500 or so, then the next step is around $5k. Not much in the middle.
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All the ones so far have this problem
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/26-Tandem-Bik...QQcmdZViewItem

Look at the stoker cockpit size. Problem has been finding one with 2 large size cockpits.
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I feel the pain only a custom frame can fix. And that's more pain. Does SWMBO have a short upper body, or is it totally hopeless for the above bike?
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The tandem we rented some time ago had exactly the above geometry, like for a tiny stoker. We jacked the seat right up so that was OK. But somehow she kept sliding forward on the seat even though it was set level. Also, her upper body is normal length so her arms were really steep and knees were not that far from knocking the bars. She is a tallish girl, normally proportioned, perhaps 5'8.

Keep watching this space, and I will post some pics we took of that jaunt.
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Originally Posted by MERTON
what's SWMWBOW stand for?
You can't be that old, if you don't know. She Who Must Be Obeyed. My missus simply goes by Princess.
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I guess I did better than average. Someone gave my wife a Specialized Hard Rock of several years vintage. She is not much of a cyclist so it was several years before she actually tried to straddle it. The bike was too big.

Now it's my commuter bike.
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We built the tandem last year, and my wife got my FS frame as well. This year, she got a 24" BMX and a beach cruiser. Helps me to justify my new bikes. She saw my Raleigh Twenty folder, and said she'd ride it when it's done. That means I can restore 2 of them.
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My wife finished school finally... now we can start riding together. I was working on her beach cruiser, and she asked for a geared bike. She shot down tandems quick. Just when I am done with gears, she is bringing them back into the house....argh.

Suggestions on getting my Cruise Director warmed up to tandem bikes?
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Post in the tandem forums. Search there too.
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