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Old 04-13-05, 01:49 PM   #1
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Burley Softride - shortening the reach

I'd like to buy a used Rock n Roll with a softride stoker seat, but the minimum reach is a couple inches too long for my kid. How many inches can you get back with crank shorteners? Is that a reasonable approach for a softride Burley? Thanks.

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Help me out here...

Reach = distance from the saddle to the handlebars

Crank Shorteners bolt onto 170mm adult-size cranks to reduce the size of the pedal rotation to something that is more appropriate for a child, e.g., 135mm, 145mm, 155mm

Kiddie Cranks are an extra set of kid-size cranks that bolt to the seat tube above the tandem's fixed cranks for very small children and, to the best of my knowledge, you can't always use these on softride equipped tandems.

If you're trying to get the handlebars closer to your child's saddle position you would just need to procure or fabricate a super-long stoker boom.

If you're trying to shorten the seat height to allow him to reach the cranks, again, softride bikes have some design constraints with regard to how much you can raise or lower the seat height.
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Slide saddle rails for stoker all the way forward. Also, saddle clamp fitting on a beam can be moved fore and aft on the beam itself (loosen the two small allen bolts at bottom of clamp and tap clamp fitting with block of wood/hammer), although that could present an issue with proper positioning.
Best solution: find an extra long adjustable stoker stem; Co-Motion has those and Burley may have that in stock. It will bring the bars several centimeters closer to the stoker.
Hope this helps!

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