Jan 5, 2004 11:43 AM
|Anyone have any used tandem advice or any websites for such things.
I'm interested. Thanks.
|re: Used Tandems||wily in pacifica|
Jan 5, 2004 12:03 PM
|Go here and then to "Info Library"
Willy in Pacifica
|I noticed you tandem with your kids.||lotterypick|
Jan 5, 2004 2:57 PM
|What do you think about the Co-Motion Periscope?
If I got that, I could go with my wife, kids and my wife could take our kids.
It's got 26" wheels. Is that bad or no? THanks.
|I noticed you tandem with your kids.||wily in pacifica|
Jan 6, 2004 4:23 PM
|The CoMotion Periscope looks like the perfect tandem for someone who plans to raise their kid on the back. It will grow as the child grows and can take an adult as well. It is realativly inexpensive as I think it is under $3k. With such a short rear seat tube a child would ba ble to use only crank shorteners much sooner than with a standard tandem. With the std tandem they would be using a Kiddie kit much longer. A kiddie kit costs about $300 so if your kid can fit on the back using crank shorteners then you save $300.
26" wheels will give it a lower standover as well as bulletproof wheeels with fewer spokes. The lower standover would probablay help to accomodate both you and your wife as Captain. Not sure what the rear spacing is but I guess it is 145mm like most standard tandems. Personally I would like to see 135mm on the rear of this tandem since you can find or build strong 36 spoke wheels using std Mt Bike hubs rather than the more expensive 145mm hubs. 135mm would not allow a drum brake but you could build up some sweet 36 spoke disc wheels if the frame comes equipt with disc braze ons. You might be able to order the bike for disc brakes but maybe not 135mm as they might not be set up to build tandem frames at 135mm. Ventana builds all of their off road tandems using 135mm so there should not be a penalty for using 135mm. My Cannondale had 135mm in the rear and I mostly rode it with another adult.
Willy in Pacifica
Jan 5, 2004 9:45 PM
|I've bought bike cases and tandem specific equipment from Mark, at Precision Tandems, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a bike from him. Mark is a good source for tandem info.
|Try Here||Keeping up with Junior|
Jan 5, 2004 12:11 PM
Lots of info and links to many tandem sites.
Find sales boards for area bike clubs. Pick those within driving distance to eliminate the hassle/cost of shipping and buying sight unseen.
When budgeting also think about how you are going to transport it.
I currently know of two tandems for sale, one in Indiana and one in Kentucky.
|Tandem Club of America||Spoke Wrench|
Jan 5, 2004 1:39 PM
|Tandem Club of America publishes a newsletter four times per year (I think) called "Doubletalk." Many used tandems are listed for sale at realistic prices in every issue. A mambership is $15.00 per year.
Tandem Club of America
c/o Bruce & Judi Bachelder
306 West Union St.
Morganton, NC 28655
|re: Used Tandems||bsdc|
Jan 5, 2004 6:38 PM
|I bought a used tandem off ebay. Great bike, great deal.|
|re: Used Tandems||drop-40|
Jan 6, 2004 11:12 AM
|Check your LBS. My wife and I bought a Trek T2000 that was rented out once for what I thought was a great deal of $2,400. I had priced it earlier in the summer and it was $3,200 then new. We bought it going into the fall. The bike did not have a scratch on it and still seemed reasonable at retail for the equipment that was on it (ultegra and XTR del.). The mountain version/straight bars are even less money new. We pulled our son behind in the trailer the first time we rode it with out any problems. It is strange to turn and as we learned right away avoid sidewalks at any cost as the limited turning with trailer around corners is not easy to do.