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Best bike to share between a tall person and a short person (USA)?

Old 04-05-19, 10:44 AM
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Best bike to share between a tall person and a short person (USA)?

OK, here's the situation:

My wife and I have both been commuting to work by bike for more than a decade. We both work on a college campus, an easy 1-mile ride from our house.

Now, we've got a baby. To carry her, we got a Douze cargo bike, which is absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. When our daughter is ready for it, we'll be able to drop her off at the campus daycare, right near our offices, without worrying about parking. That's huge.

However, we now realize that there will be many occasions when we'll need to switch bikes -- for instance, if I take the baby to school on the Douze, but my wife needs to take her home. I'm about 5'11'' and ride a 58cm bike; she's about 5'6" and rides about a 51cm. I can sort of ride her bike if I pull the seat way up, but she can't ride mine.

So what we need is probably a large-frame step-through bike with an easily adjustable seatpost. It's pretty flat where we live, so a 3-speed hub would be ideal. When we visited Copenhagen, we rode cheap Danish bikes like these, which would be great, but I haven't seen anything like that in the USA. Any recommendations?
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Cool Did you get the step through?

Folding bike like a Brompton size is an adjustment rather than a separate product..

Bullet Cargo bikes for example , are a one size product there are telescopic bar masts and seat posts .

both use one building jig so sizing is by other means ..

but it seems like you have one,..

Bike Friday's OSATA fleet bikes are unique in their length adjustability,
so that offers a way to change the reach /top tube length .. and height of stem & seat..






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Old 04-06-19, 08:33 AM
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are you keeping both bikes? maybe a madsen bucket bike or yuba boda boda. both are step through. i don't know their frame sizes though.
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https://www.prioritybicycles.com/products/priorityclassic2
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Bike Friday's OSATA fleet bikes are unique in their length adjustability,
so that offers a way to change the reach /top tube length .. and height of stem & seat..
And you didn't mention that the Haul-A-Day has an adjustable main tube?
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Old 04-06-19, 12:47 PM
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The share/rental bikes are typically one size fits all, with an easy adjust seat. Pretty upright position, but your distances are short, so pretty much any bike should work.

Many mountain bikes made in the last 10 years or so had easily adjustable seats, even to the point where some have "dropper" seats that are adjustable from the handlebars.

I'd probably look for a newer model basic aluminum step through town bike with a quick release seat post.

One option, of course, would be to use a bike trailer or something that could be easily swapped between your two bikes. Just pull the trailer off of one bike, and add it to the other. Make sure you have extra hitch parts.

Same thing for a "wee-go", attach to whatever bike you wish.
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Cool addendum

Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
And you didn't mention that the Haul-A-Day has an adjustable main tube?
But You did ... IDK if they wanted 2 cargo bikes..
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No, not two cargo bikes -- we don't have space (or a budget) for that. But that Priority, with the medium-sized step-through frame, might do it.
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Might be easier to just get a taller wife.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Might be easier to just get a taller wife.
Sounds like an extremely expensive option.
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I've never ridden one, but Public Bikes has the look of what you're after. I like that style as well, and my wife was considering one for a while. https://publicbikes.com/collections/womens-bikes

Flying Pigeon was another on the cheaper end. Not sure if you can still get them in the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Pigeon

And like folks have said, folding bikes are generally one-size fits all, with long seatposts to adjust to a variety of sizes. My Downtube was not terribly expensive and also has a telescoping stem so that both the seat height and handlebars are adjustable. https://www.downtube.com/
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Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
OK, here's the situation:

My wife and I have both been commuting to work by bike for more than a decade. We both work on a college campus, an easy 1-mile ride from our house.

Now, we've got a baby. To carry her, we got a Douze cargo bike, which is absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. When our daughter is ready for it, we'll be able to drop her off at the campus daycare, right near our offices, without worrying about parking. That's huge.
Congrats Brian ! It's cool that you & your wife are still commuting. Moral support is the extent of my help - Ken
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We have a Raleigh Comfort bike with a step through frame. Aluminium frame is nice and strong. I don't have a picture so here is a pic I found on the interweb:



It rides nicely, is simple and ours has fenders (mudguards).
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
We have a Raleigh Comfort bike with a step through frame. Aluminium frame is nice and strong. I don't have a picture so here is a pic I found on the interweb:



It rides nicely, is simple and ours has fenders (mudguards).
i have a schwinn made similar to this, only in steel. i picked it up for a future mid or long tail try.
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Bike Friday OSATA reach and height adjustable ..


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The best bike to share for two people would be a folding bike. My wife and I have a Dahon for the last ten years that works well for us. It's easy and fast to adjust for size and folds up nicely in a small space to store away. Brompton is simply the best for this but I can buy three or more Dahons to one Brompton. I see Tern
folding bikes now have a folding cargo bike that look interesting.
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Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
OK, here's the situation:

My wife and I have both been commuting to work by bike for more than a decade. We both work on a college campus, an easy 1-mile ride from our house.

Now, we've got a baby. To carry her, we got a Douze cargo bike, which is absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. When our daughter is ready for it, we'll be able to drop her off at the campus daycare, right near our offices, without worrying about parking. That's huge.

However, we now realize that there will be many occasions when we'll need to switch bikes -- for instance, if I take the baby to school on the Douze, but my wife needs to take her home. I'm about 5'11'' and ride a 58cm bike; she's about 5'6" and rides about a 51cm. I can sort of ride her bike if I pull the seat way up, but she can't ride mine.

So what we need is probably a large-frame step-through bike with an easily adjustable seatpost. It's pretty flat where we live, so a 3-speed hub would be ideal. When we visited Copenhagen, we rode cheap Danish bikes like these, which would be great, but I haven't seen anything like that in the USA. Any recommendations?
you also put link on your comment for a cheap bikes so why you are asking here about that
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Old 12-06-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by H.Franco View Post
you also put link on your comment for a cheap bikes so why you are asking here about that
The bikes I linked to are not available in North America, where I live.
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Bike Friday Haul-a-day

I'm 6'4" and my wife is 5'6" and we have had a Bike Friday Haul-a-day for a couple of years. We really like it and have used it quite a bit for riding with our two boys (even on a couple of multi-day tours). To convert between my wife and I, I just extend the frame and raise the seat, which takes 2 minutes or less. With the 20" wheels the weight is low and pretty stable, plus carrying kids or other loads on a cargo bike so much easier then hauling them in a trailer (in our experience). Highly recommended.
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Take a look at the Workcycles FR8. It's a step-through made in the Netherlands and it's very easily adjustable. There aren't many US dealers, but JC Lind in Chicago carries them and will ship.

They're not cheap, but they are study bikes with all the little Dutch details (stainless fasteners, center kickstands, chain guards, dynamo lights, etc.) that will last a really long time. Occasionally you can find one on eBay or Craigslist.


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A step-thru folding bike is my recommendation. Extra long seatposts and adjustable steering tube gives you great size adjustments. You likely will need a second seatpost and saddle if the long one drags the ground when setup for the smaller person, but this is no big deal and far cheaper than two bikes. Takes up no extra storage space either. Just be sure the steering tube is telescopic. Use a sharpie or paint pen to mark each rider's preferred adjustment points.

Something like a Dahon Ciao style should work although I don't believe it has a telescoping stem/steer tube. Many bikes this style do.


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