Forget heavy cruiser tandems. We made our own with lightweight aluminum frames and chromoly forks. A clean fusion of Electra’s men’s and ladies’ patented Flat Foot Technology® cruiser geometry into one seamless bicycle built-for-two. Crafted with modern components including smooth-braking front and rear roller brakes. Two distinctive styles to choose from: the classic Swing, or for more attitude, the Hellbetty with hot rod flames and extra-wide Fatti-O rear tire. - Lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum tandem frame - Shimano Nexus internal 7-speed w/freewheel - Shimano Revo twist shifter - Alloy cranks and sealed cartridge bottom brackets - Shimano roller brakes and front hub - 26”x 2.125” Hotster Flame front tire and 24”x 3.0” Fatti-O rear tire (Hellbetty/Metallic Red), 26”x 2.125” RetroRunner tires (Forest Green)
The Big Fat Dummy is a long tail cargo bike that took a few too many doses of growth hormones. At first glance, you might say that Surly just put bigger tires on a Big Dummy. But if you said that, you'd actually be very wrong so just… don't. Think of Big Fat Dummy as more of a second or third cousin to Big Dummy rather than a brother. They share some of the same DNA and look sort of similar, but they're two very different bikes and really only interact when they both reach for the potato salad spoon at that family reunion that no one really wants to be at anyway. Now that that's out of the way, let's get down to the nitty gritty of what makes this hulking beast of a bike tick. Surly's goal with designing a cargo bike around fat tires was to create the most stable, stiff, and traction-laden ride possible while hauling a ton of stuff. Big Fat Dummy has a longer toptube and slacker headtube than its more svelt cousin giving it a nice, predictable, and stable ride. They also used thinner, lighter tubing to construct its cargo area so while it's an overall burlier bike, there's not much difference in weight. Big Fat Dummy accepts either 10mm or 12mm axles in the rear with a spacing of 190/197mm. That big ol' spacing equates to one thing: tire clearance for days. Big Fat Dummy maxes out at a massive 26 x 5.25" tire.* While that large of a tire provides the most traction and stability a bike can possibly offer, it's also a lot of rubber to push and might not be for everybody. Luckily, Big Fat Dummy is also a blast to ride with 3" tires too. It uses the same 100mm suspension-corrected fork as the Wednesday, meaning if you want to add a little squishy squishy to your ride, you can throw a Bluto on and let ‘er rip. If you intend to carry a passenger on your Big Fat Dummy, Surly requires use of their Dummy Rail Collars. These provide a secondary retention system for the rack, as well as stiffen the rack system. In addition, a stoker handlebar set up, found on tandem bicycles, is recommended as well. Make sure to check with seat post manufacturer for stoker handlebar compatibility. All Big Fat Dummy framesets and bikes ship with a Dummy deck, rails, bags, and the aforementioned Dummy Rail Collars so you can immediately start hauling cargo — human or otherwise. Big Fat Dummy is ready and willing to carry all sorts of crap — literally. It's already in use on an organic farm in Ecuador so it's likely that it's hauled some form of manure by now. *Using a 26 x 5.25" tire will cause some drivetrain limitations.
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For "fun on one," look to Sun's Classic Unicycle. The steel frame sports a classic unicrown design and is built for excellent strength and reliability. Plus, the wheel spins on sealed bearings for durability, while the quick-release seatpost makes seat adjustments a snap. And speaking of seats, the Classic's offers top-notch comfort, balance, and bumpers to protect it, too.
Share the ride with Cannondale's Road Tandem 2. This two-seater is ideal for companionship on the road, setting a blistering pace on group rides, and general road-riding fun! It uses oversize aluminum tubing that's extremely lightweight yet laterally stiff. Leading the way is Cannondale's Fatty R fork that handles the corners with precision. The 30-speed drivetrain sports a wide gear range perfect for steep ascents, and Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs for flawless shifting. Other great specs include a DT Swiss wheelset, lightweight Cannondale components, Shimano mechanical disc brakes, and grippy Continental tires.
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