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    Santana tandem

    I have been looking for a tandem for the wife and I to try it out. There are so few around here I don't get a good sense of what they should cost. On a guess I would say I would want to pay $500 for this but it has down tube shifters instead of bar ends and the stoker bars are wrong...What do you all think?

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    Santana tandems are highly thought of, and usually one for $575 would be a really good deal. But this one shows no pride of ownership, it clearly has not been taken care of. So I assume what I cant see will be even more neglected. If anything, I would expect a tandem to be in BETTER shape, as typically they are ridden less than other bikes, and the original price on them is high (encouraging better care in storage and maintenance).

    I'll buy projects, including tandem projects, but I expect a hefty discount. The cost to refurbish can be 2X a regular bike, due to special cables, two cranks, two bottom brackets, two sets of chain, two saddles, two seat post, two sets of pedals, etc. And I am with you, I would want bar ends on that bike.

    When I see a bike in that shape, and the seller even admits "wheels need truing" I assume its more like "rims are bent so bad that they can't be trued". If they just needed truing, seller could do it in 15 minutes and enjoy a better price.

    Bike doesn't even have bottle cages. And it has el cheapo plastic pedals…….. Red lights are going off in my head when I read the ad and look at the pics.

    OK, some of these nitpicks are cheap to fix, but they give me an impression of the seller and the maintenance status of the bike. I've bought enough bikes over the years, that initial snap judgments tend to be pretty accurate.

    Up to you, high end tandem that will need a lot of work.
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    I currently have no SO but I always wanted tandem so I would be real tempted to jump on it.

    I do agree it seems it was not as well cared for as I would expect but to some people a bike (even a nice tandem possibly bought 2nd hand) is just a bike or a summer recreational item akin to a lawnmower.
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    It's a bit rough, but is a Santana. Around here sellers ask that much and more for much lesser gas pipe Schwinn and other tandems.
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    As a point of reference, I picked up. 95 Santana Visa in virtually original spec, excellent condition, this past Fall in So Cal for $400.00. It sat on our CL for about a week before I got it. I put a couple seats that suit us on it and we ride it every couple of weeks.

    And yes, you want bar end shifters on that bike.

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