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Reply To: Recumbent Tandems

Gypsy Rose, February 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

I used to have a Sun EZ tandem in my rental fleet. Almost all of our customers that used the bike rode it on the very flat bike path that runs along the shores of Lake Champlain. While it was appropriate for many of our customers, including those with various disabilities, I would not recommend it for a ride like RAGBRAI. Its extremely long wheelbase makes it very difficult to transport (by car or otherwise) and also makes it a difficult bike to maneuver – not something I’d be comfortable with among many other riders on RAGBRAI. I would not want to climb many hills with the bike, either; it’s very, very slow going up. On the plus side, it is one of the more affordable recumbent tandems on the market (although I think that the asking price for the 8-year-old bike referenced in Boz’s post is somewhat high).

One of my favorite tandems, although pricey, is the Bilenky Viewpoint. It’s a semi-recumbent on which the stoker rides up front with independent gearing (allowing them to coast or pedal at a different cadence than the captain). It handles very well on a short wheelbase and the design allows both riders a full view. As for downsides, ride in the recumbent stoker seat is a bit “stiffer” than other recumbent tandems, taking a bit of getting used to. The Bilenky’s are available with couplers in the frame that allow it to be packed up in an easily transportable package – a bit plus when traveling with a tandem to and from a ride.

Good luck in your search,

~ Kevin

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