Another of the freebie bikes I picked up was a old Columbia tandem in ROUGH SHAPE. I stripped it to the bare frame, re-greased and adjusted everything,replaced both chains and robbed tires and tubes off another freebie bike and ended up with a ugly but fully functional tandem for $17. The Wife and I each rode it solo up and down the driveway a few times then once with both of us on it. We loaded it up and took it to town this evening for a maiden voyage around the neighborhood. WHAT A BLAST!!!! Neither of us had ever been on a tandem and I think we did great not crashing and communicating on stops,starts, slowing down etc. It really is different compared to being on singles. We rode for about a hour and a half and the ol'thing did fine. It really rides smoother than I thought it would but turning around takes lots of concentration. We both about laughed ourselves off the bike after our first U-turn! I know there are lots of folks in this section that like to "put down" the dept. store tandems so I Thought I would REALYgive them something to have fun with.
The pedals were lined up and chains adjusted after pic.was taken and before we rode.