Is this a good deal??
I am a experienced bike rider , road and MTB, and want to get into tandem with my wife. A kind friend has loaned us one of his santana tandems and me and my wife like riding it a lot. I don't think we will have the money for a santana but is THIS BIKE a good entry into the world of tandems? I know (or think I know) that burley is a pretty well respected name. Any thoughts?
I am 6'2'' and my wife is 5'5'' so I think it will fit.
I know the shipping is high so really, it would be $1000 to buy.
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At the risk of shooting myself in the foot, (In that I have A Burley Duet, that I may be looking to sell in the not too distant future) $800 for that bike in a 6 speed configuration seems high to me. As for the bike, we have a Duet that we've ridden for 13 years, and it is a good solid bike. When you're considering what the bike is worth, keep in mind that the current Burley Duet, which sells for about $2100 has gone upscale and is better spec'd out than a Burley Duet of 15 years ago (we paid $1300 for ours).
yeah, I guess $1,100 dollars more for a brand spanking new one with STI 105 is not a bad deal. When you look at it that way, 1,000 does seem a bit high for a 15 year old bike when a new one is 2,100.
Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
Ditto. $600 maybe. The 6-speed config detracts from it's value.
Looks like a bunch of parts were taken off, and some random bits were added. 6 speeds would also have more wear than 18. I'd certainly pass, as in this case, a used tandem is no bargain.
Who knows if it would even fit. There must be some decent local used tandems to check out (and hit some local shops to test ride first). Here is a good used one for you: http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/bik/99418234.html (kidding)
You are going to want all three chainrings on the bike; it is a mystery to me why he made it a six-speed bike. There may well have been some problems anyway. I'd pass on this one.
Keep looking. I purchased a like new 2003 dale for the same price
In addition to Craigslist, I would check out Mt. Airy Bicycles, which had 85 tandems on display last time I was there, http://www.bike123.com/, and Tandems East in NJ, http://www.tandemseast.com/. Both stores should have used tandems available. Also try this site: http://www.thetandemlink.com/. Good luck.