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Preferred Handlebars for Stokers

Preferred Handlebars for Stokers

Hey all, looking for advice

We are looking to get a tandem road bike and need advice. Which handlebars do YOU like for
the stoker? I ride with drop bars and fairly often ride down on the drops, or hoods.   Do you have preferences for bullhorns, or drops?  Something different?  Is there one that is more comfortable for the stoker AND the captain? Are some bars easier to learn on, then move onto others?  (Help! This stuff is expensive, and we'd rather not muck around too much!)

I suspect that trips will be 30-50 miles and maybe 1000 miles a year on the tandem?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Preferred Handlebars for Stokers


We rode tandem for quite a few years and even did 3 and 4 week tours. I started out with the bullhorn bars, but found I sat too upright most of the time and couldn't shift my position much. I ended up switching to drop handlebars and was much happier with the variety of positions. The drop bars will have to be wider than you would use on a road bike in order to fit around the captain's hips. They make dummy brake hoods for use as a stoker bar. Walt even cut off the brake levers so they wouldn't poke him.

Hope this helps,
Carol

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Re: Preferred Handlebars for Stokers

Thanks Carol, that IS really helpful.

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Re: Preferred Handlebars for Stokers

Thanks Carol, that IS really helpful.

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