Originally Posted by ROJA
I found this sucker for sale at a shop a few hours away from me. Here is the description:
Santana Arriva. Used early 90's model. Medium 56/53 frame. Stock 7spd barcon shifters, Deore derailluers, Deore tandem crankset, Dia-Compe Canti brakes. metallic blue color in good shape. Mechanically good condition.
Priced at $1400.00 OBO
picture (about 1/3 of the way down): http://www.tandems-recumbents.com/specials.html
I think it would fit me as a captain at 5'9", but would it be too big in back for a 5'4" stoker? Sounds like a quality bike to start with for a pretty decent price. Any thoughts about this particular bike or its components?
We bought our Arriva last October. Ours is a "large/small" 1989. We paid slightly less than the asking price for this one. The previous owners were 6'4" and 5'4". I am 6'5" and my stoker is <5'4"(though she won't admit it.) The front is a bit small for me, but the stoker enjoys the way she fits on the back.
We have the old Suntour barcons with a 5 speed cassette, a 105 shimano rear der (yes, I screwed up on a shift, dropped the chain due to poor adjustment, and broke the der), shimano center pull and Arai drum brake. Everything else is as we bought it, ok, except for the captains pedals are now the shimano 512s(?) In fact, the previous owners stoker's shoes were a perfect fit for my stoker. I plan to upgrade the stoker stem to an adjustable because to make my stoker comfortable, I have to have the handlebar touching my, uh, thighs
My wife was not a rider. She came unglued about spending that much money on a bike we may or may not use. Unlike other stories I have seen in this forum, we/she REALLY love/s to ride on the tandem. Don't get me wrong I still like to jump on my single and power, ok, power may not be the right term, up the hills. I still go up hill faster pushing 250 pounds vs. of the two of us plus bike in excess of 400 lbs.
We just did our first "organized" ride in Cartersville/Cassville, GA. We had the choice of 25, 45, 65, or 105. we opted for the 45 because we have only put in about a 500 miles this year. We had a blast. Our average speed was around 15.5 mph. We saw and talked to five other tandem teams. We will probably sign up for more of these organized things. It is quite an experience hearing all the people clicking in at the beginning and the watching the "pros" take off. We saw on minor crash within the first5 miles...have no idea what caused it. We were also thankful for our big old 27x1.25 wheels and tires. There was some glass on the road at one spot (there were words of disparagement from most of those who ran through it) We watched a tandem team on a Cannondale with itty-bitty tires fix three flats in ten miles. Some of those tandem teams can climb with the singles. My daughter was on her single and a father/daughter team blasted past her. She isn't exactly chopped liver when it comes to hills.
But I digress, if it's your first tandem the components and size sound a lot like ours. The real component folks on this forum can give you a better idea about the brakes and Deore parts than I can. My stoker has no problems with the seat position that we have set up for her. She would like to be a bit more upright, hence the adjustable stem. If you can ride it, that seems to be the best gauge of fit. Do heed all the advice you get here about the stoker infallibility. It has made our experience a great one.