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Orbit Libra

Posted By: Dawid Ciecierski
Date: 7 June 2008

Hello,

Just before I go on to my questions let me say hello to all tandem enthusiasts on this board - it's great that there is a space for us to exchange ideas, and people around that are willing to offer a helping hand to someone who wants to start!

Here goes our story. Both myself and my girlfriend are finishing uni this summer, and we thought we could do something special for the occasion, and cycle somewhere far. We both like cycling, and did several longer trips on two normal bikes. It does, however, have its annoyances, not the least of which is feeling like we are detached from each other for the day! (Getting sandwhiches handed from the back seat being a major advantage of a tandem.) And it seems to make more sense to cycle on one machine and save weight / effort potentially.

So, we're thinking of getting a tandem. Because of limited student's budgets, we're primarily looking into second hand cycles as opposed to new bikes that could fail us after a mere few hundred miles. We came across this pre-loved Orbit Libra that fits right into our financial plans, but due to time and distance we cannot actually try this bike before we decide if we're getting it or not. Our only concern is then the size: Orbit do say it can accommodate for nearly everybody, but the bike is 17" / 15". I'm 6ft tall (currently on a 26" Genesis) my gf is 5 ft 3".

And on to the question: have you heard of anyone having fit problems on this tandem? Would you say we should go for it and get it ie. good chances it's going to be just fine?

Thank you in advance for your time and any tips you may have. Would be most grateful if you could point us in the right direction / website too!

Kind regards,
David Ciecierski

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