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Hey, Tandem Answer Men...(3 posts)

Hey, Tandem Answer Men...Spinchick
Sep 28, 2001 12:34 PM
My LBS has a 2001 Burley Samba for $1,600. Good deal or not? And more importantly, good bike (for entry-level tandemers (tandemees?) at least the captain, anyway)? They also have the child stoker kit for $200, which is more reasonable than I thought it would be.
Pretty typical price for that bike.nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 29, 2001 4:46 PM
That's actually the exact same frame (except for color) as the higher priced Rock and Roll. In other words, I think its a reasonably decent tandem. The R&R obviously gets better components and is consequently a little nicer bike.

I haven't had the need to price child stoker kits for a while, but that sounds like a pretty good price to me. Hard to find parts you will also need are small size toe clips and some kind of long extension to bring the handlebars closer to your stoker. A decent saddle in a kid size is also a good thing. Get the longest seatpost you can find for your stokid. When they reach the minimum insertion point, its time to take off the child stoker crank.

Back to price. Tandems have real low margins so the retailer might feel like he doesn't have much maneuvering room on price. He's stuck with the child stoker kit, however, unless you buy it. I'd suggest offering to buy the tandem at full list if he will deal like crazy on the stokid stuff.
That's a good price and an OK E.L.T.MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 10:43 AM
My sweetie and I had a burley Samba Softride. We swapped out lots of stuff to turn it more into a road machine. She didn't like the Softride bea and that's how we ended up with the Calfee Tetra Tetra. Bit of a jump there!