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Folding tandem vs tandem rack

Old 05-05-24, 06:35 AM
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Folding tandem vs tandem rack

I have an Electra tandem that I used in my neighborhood and considering either the KHS T20 folding tandem or a tandem rack from House of Tandems https://www.houseoftandems.com/about...-cars-pg88.htm and looking for advice. I would still mainly use the Electra but would like to get out for longer rides on local bike trails. I have a Toyota mini van but getting the Electra in is challenging with the height. I am going to try taking the front wheel off and see if it will go up the middle.

I was thinking the KHS T20 will be more transport friendly but not sure if the fit will be good as I am 6' tall and so my autistic son who rides on back. Also not sure if the process of folding/unfolding will compare to putting the Electra on a rack. Wondering about the ride of the folding tandem vs the Electra which is a very nice upright riding position and a large bike that I like the geometry. Any thoughts will be appreciated!

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I often use a regular hitch mounted rack to carry a tandem, hung by the top tube. You can take the wheels off to make it a little narrower, but I usually donít bother as mine is barely wider than my Subaru Outback, if at all.

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Originally Posted by bboy314
I often use a regular hitch mounted rack to carry a tandem, hung by the top tube. You can take the wheels off to make it a little narrower, but I usually donít bother as mine is barely wider than my Subaru Outback, if at all.
Thanks for posting. I will take a look again at my Electra which has a curved frame and don't think it is possible to use a rack where the bike hangs by the top tube.
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Originally Posted by adamsdp
Thanks for posting. I will take a look again at my Electra which has a curved frame and don't think it is possible to use a rack where the bike hangs by the top tube.
That's a relatively affordable problem to solve with an adapter like this:
https://www.rei.com/product/670346/y...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
I think you would only need one - between a stoker and captain seatposts, and then you turn the front wheel 90 degrees and take off your back wheel. That will get your bike (hung on the hitch rack) within the car's rearview mirrors. Of course, measure before investing, but this is by far the easiest way to transport tandems.
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