Is this a good deal and will it fit in my Suburban?
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and wanted to know if this was a good deal. My neighbor is selling a 2002 Burley Rumba with Tiagra components for $950 or b/o. Is this a great deal or just average?
Also, since I'm new to Tandem biking, will it transport in my 1999 Suburban if I take the front wheel off and fold down the seats?
To save Mark Livingood the effort of tooting his own horn, I recommend you try his Used Tandem Price Estimating Tool at;
Burley just recently ceased producing tandems but there are still some out there in the marketplace to give you an idea of a base price for "replacement cost" as a starting point.
Whatever you find or decide, I hope that you will post the results here, if only so we get to see your avatar more often and maybe even learn if there's a story behind it (get it? "behind it" ooh, ha ha ha, sometimes I kill myself, then again sometimes others wish I would).
I would say that it's a little high unless it's in exceptional condition or has a lot of "extras". A standard sized '06 Burley Rumba was about $1700 and you can punch those numbers into my used tandem pricing tool (thank you Regomatic) to see the actual results.
As for the Suburban, up and until last Sunday that's what we used to haul our tandems around for the past 8 years or so (a '97 & an '02). Just pull out the 3rd row seat (or set it to the side) and drop the "/40" part of the 60/40 split rear bench and just about any upright tandem will tuck right in with the front wheel removed. An extra large frame with a tall stoker could require the stoker's saddle to be lowered and aerobars present issues but most "swing" out of the way. A fork mount attached to either a slider-board or a piece of lumber will keep your tandem from moving around; however, you may need to put a "riser" between the mount and the board to keep the front chainring from sitting on the carpet of your truck. It's also not a bad idea to get a piece of indoor / outdoor carpet to put under your bike to keep from getting your Suburban's carpet messed up.
Last edited by TandemGeek; 01-15-07 at 10:08 PM.
'06 Rumba sold for $1900 new.
Perhaps a bit of haggling with the neighbor could get the price down a hundred bucks. However, if it's in prime shape with low miles, less than a grand is a good deal.
It should fit in a 'burban without to much hassle.
... but only for the Extra Small (XS) model which, in looking at the OP's signature, probably isn't under consideration given his single bike is a 58cm model. The standard sizes were offered by most dealers for $1,699 / $1700 and many were routinely sold for less than that by non-tandem speciality LBS' who bought them on spec.
Originally Posted by zonatandem
Last edited by TandemGeek; 01-16-07 at 04:48 AM.
Got a complaint about the avatar so I had to change it. Too bad, I really liked it.
Originally Posted by regomatic