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Young Child as Stoker, any experience?

Old 04-05-13, 07:51 AM
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Young Child as Stoker, any experience?

I posted this same post on the MTBR tandem forum, but I thought I'd try here as well.

My son, 3 1/2 years old, started riding on the back of my road tandem last summer a couple of months before he was 3. He's ridden about 700 miles with me so far and he has loved all of it.

I think I would like to take him on some singletrack with me as well, but I have absolutely zero off road tandem experience. Does anyone on here have any experience tandemming off-road with a young stoker?

I'm specifically wondering what type of bike set-up might be best. Should I look for a hardtail and put a thudbuster and stoker kit on the back for him? Should I look for a full suspension and just set up some type of footrest, no pedalling for him? We live in northern Indiana, has anyone ridden midwestern singletrack on a tandem and if so how did the tandem do? Sorry about all the questions, but thanks for any piece of info you can help me with!
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gravel paths, yes. Really narrow rutted singletrack, roots, obstacles... I wouldn't try it. Everyone should be able to get a toe down now and then, IMO.
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This doesn't directly address your questions, but we just got a Trek T900, which I guess would be called a 26" hybrid. I hadn't planned on taking it on singletrack, but my daughter demanded it (bored with rail-trails already at age 5!) and it did just fine on mellow moderately rooty stuff. However, I can't imagine riding any tandem with any stoker on the singletrack that I usually ride here in Mass.

Something like the trek maybe worth looking at if you want to ease into riding stuff a little rougher than the road with your guy. It has a super short seat tube in the rear, so I was able to fit my daughter on in pretty easily.
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