Family Cycling & Tandeming: As Time Goes By….

Circa 2003 and left to right: Paul with Silvija (age 3.5), Nora, and Amanda (age 5.5) on Co-Motion Triplet

Back in 2003, a friend whom I come to know through Tandem@Hobbes — Paul Meixner — wrote an article that that was the inspiration for a Web page to provide folks who were interested in learning more about triplet and other multi-seat tandem bicycles.  Yours truly (TG) expanded Paul’s original article to provide some additional details & images; however, due credit must go to Paul for the time, thought, and effort that went into the excellent original article that I merely built upon.

You can still find the article on line at thetandemlink.com:

Triplets, Quads & Quints, Oh My!
A List of FAQs For Those Considering The Purchase Of A Tandem With Three Or More Seats

As is often the case, Paul wrote his original FAQ coming on the heels of having acquired a triplet for his young family, pictured above.  Now, some eight years later, Silvjia & Amanda have taken the next logical step and become competent cyclists who like to ride their own bikes and the triplet has sat dormant. Therefore, Paul has now found himself in the same position as many folks who introduced their children to cycling on a multi-seat tandem… hoping to find another family that can begin to enjoy family cycling on a bicycle built for three.  Thankfully, it’s too large for me!

The classified ad will likely show up in the usual places before too long, but here’s a sneak preview for our readers.  Please share with anyone who might be interested.

2003 CO-MOTION 700c Road Triplet, based on their excellent Speedster (cromoly steel). Custom sized (large), captain seat tube (c-t) 23”, first stoker seat tube 22”, and rear stoker seat tube 20.5”. Captain top tube 22” (c-c), extra- long stoker top tubes of 29“ and 29”. Captain stand-over 33”, first stoker stand-over 32”, second stoker stand-over 30.5”. Fits captains 5’10” to 6’5” and stokers 5’0” to 6’5”. Stokers as young as 4 years old can be easily accommodated with a child stoker kit.

Shimano Ultregra STI brifters, XTR rear derailleur, Ultegra front derailleur, wired Shimano Flight Deck. DT Hugi hubs laced to Sun Ryno Lite rims, Schwalbe Marathon Slick tires (700×35), Arai drum brake controlled by bar-end shifter. Avid Single Digit 7 rim brakes. Race Face forged cranks (54/44/26 teeth) and timing rings, 9-speed rear cogs (11-34). Crank arm lengths (175/170/170).

Stunning House of Kolor 3 color top-to-bottom fade, orange/magenta/deep purple. Bike truly needs nothing, garage kept, about 1,000 miles. Surprisingly easy to captain.

After 8 years of fun family cycling memories, the kids have moved on to single bikes. Originally ordered through and assembled by Mel at Tandems East. Located near Philadelphia, PA, and can be transported inside many minivans (Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan, etc.). $5,100 OBO (new triplets start at $7,400).

See photos on flickr.

Email for additional information: meixner.triplet@yahoo.com

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Family Cycling & Tandeming: As Time Goes By….

  1. Paul Meixner says:

    Thanks for your post, Mark. We have truly enjoyed the big bike on many family outings.

    Transport and storage are easier than you would think. With middle and rear pedals off, it can be rolled up the center aisle of most minivans. For storage, it can be hung from two hooks from the roof of the garage.

    Paul

  2. Paul Meixner says:

    Price reduced to $4,500. Fantastic bike for families and charity events.

    Paul

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