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Old 02-19-11, 11:43 AM   #1
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Need to find bike to fit short woman in pilot seat

My husband and I would like to find a tandem bike that would fit our unique needs.
He is visually impaired so would be unable to do any of the steering, unless we liked landing in ditches or going over cliffs, that is!
All the bikes I've seen accomodate the shorter person in back, which wouldn't work for us.
I am only 5 ft tall, and he's not all that tall at 5 ft 9.
We love walking the carriage roads in Acadia National Park, but it would be so awesome to be able to bike those same roads.
Any help or information you could give us would be most appreciated.
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Old 02-19-11, 01:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to tandem land. There is hope for your situation. Go to Co-Motion tandems and look at the periscope trident convertable. In the double form it should fit your needs. The other option I know of is a Bike Friday Tandem. In either case you may need to do something to make the stokers handle bar a little higher but there are several solutions for that. I'm sure there are others but this is what came to mind. You also might call a big tandem dealer like Tandem East that carries many brands. They may be able to suggest more options. Good luck.
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Agree with the above post.
1st choice: Co-Motion Periscope; they have several highly adjustable models to choose from in the Periscope lineup. Wouild suggest one with 26-inch sheels.
2nd choice: Bike Friday tandem; they have small 20-inch wheels.
Have ridden Acadia Nat'l Park decades ago, and fat tired 26-inch wheels would be ideal for the carriage trail and roads.
Good luck and pedal on TWOgether!
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Old 02-20-11, 07:21 PM   #4
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Our team is the same size and we ride a Co-Motion Supremo size small.
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Old 02-24-11, 09:29 AM   #5
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Check recumbents, both two wheeled and tricycle.
Rans makes good tandems and trikes. So do others. is a recumbent forum that will be helpful.
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