26" or 700c ?

Mrs W has announced that she is planning a 4-month sabbatical from work, and wants to cycle around the coast of Britain, on a tandem, with me (I'm honoured, apparently), and therefore, since we'll be going together, we need a tandem.....

We've talked about this before, but without consensus, so, for a 4500mile ride, would you go Thorn Raven type 26" wheel, or Dawes 700c ?

If I was spec'ing a new bike for touring I would go for the following, but I am interested to know what everyone else thinks.. (at the moment, our solo tourers are Claud Butler Dalesman (me), Dawes Karakum (Mrs W)

So, for a tandem......

Steel Frame and Fork / 700c wheels / disk brakes / Rohloff gears / dynamo front hub / drop bars / low step though (standover) height.

I'm 5'11" and Mrs W is 5'1".

Any thoughts ?
 

Bonefish Blues

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26. Because slightly stronger, slightly more reliable.
 

srw

It's a bit more complicated than that...
Thorn. Because it's a bombproof bike (though you'll want to look up the problems with Rohloff flanges) and because Thorn's aftercare is excellent.

For anything above a fairly short trip I'd only look at specialist tandem makers. Dawes isn't.
 

Bonefish Blues

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I thought we were just talking about wheel size & provenance and having re-read I'm still not certain, but as SRW has just said, if you are talking whole tandems, then Thorn in a heartbeat.
 

derrick

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Mrs W has announced that she is planning a 4-month sabbatical from work, and wants to cycle around the coast of Britain, on a tandem, with me (I'm honoured, apparently), and therefore, since we'll be going together, we need a tandem.....

We've talked about this before, but without consensus, so, for a 4500mile ride, would you go Thorn Raven type 26" wheel, or Dawes 700c ?

If I was spec'ing a new bike for touring I would go for the following, but I am interested to know what everyone else thinks.. (at the moment, our solo tourers are Claud Butler Dalesman (me), Dawes Karakum (Mrs W)

So, for a tandem......

Steel Frame and Fork / 700c wheels / disk brakes / Rohloff gears / dynamo front hub / drop bars / low step though (standover) height.

I'm 5'11" and Mrs W is 5'1".

Any thoughts ?
Have you ridden a tandem yet? I rode one with my grandaughter no problems, but the thought of ridding one with the wife. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Two nice touring bikes is the way to go. Good luck with that one,
The Thorn seems expensive, the Dawes looks nicer, need to ride them both before you buy.
 
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TheDoctor

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Have you ridden a tandem yet? I rode one with my grandaughter no problems, but the thought of ridding one with the wife. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Two nice touring bikes is the way to go. Good luck with that one,
The Thorn seems expensive, the Dawes looks nicer, need to ride them both before you buy.
That, in a nutshell. Derrick is bang on there.
Buying a tandem and then setting off on a 4500 mile ride sounds like a bit of a baptism of fire!
Hope you enjoy it :biggrin:
 
We had a test ride on one a few years ago, then Mrs W decided she would prefer the freedom of a solo bike.. she now has 3 ! The tandem idea is because she wants to do the tour, but doesn't want to be 200 yards behind me all the time, which is what normally happens.

Thorn would be my go-to choice, but I am not convinced on the 26" wheels...

The trip is planned for 2020 or 2021 (depending on what our respective employers have to say about taking 4 months off work), but I thought of getting the tandem well before then so we have some practice and bicker before we set off.....
 

OldShep

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Because of the increasing lack of choice in 26” tyres and rims I’d now plump for 700c. Seriously considering selling my 26” wheel tourer.
Have a holiday in Yorkshire and try some https://www.tandems.co.uk/tandem-test-rides/
 
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