Good morning! I have spent days searching the web in an effort to find alternatives to the expensive tandem bicycle racks and/or even more expensive retro-fit available by S&S. Here is the deal-e-o - I want to buy my daughter and her new husband a tandem bike for a wedding/christmas gift. That part seems to be no big deal - we don't need anything fancy, they aren't bicycling nuts (and I mean that in the most admirable way). So Walmart, Target and whomever offer bikes under $250. The problem arises with the rack..........OH MY GOSH! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING??? Almost $500 for a roof rack?? I need to keep it at $200 if I am going to make this work out (and my heart is set on this gift that will blow their socks off)...so I am asking those of you who have more experience with this than I. I live in No. Calif and they live in San Diego. They will need to get the bike home at the very least (by the way, I am so opposed to sticking a picture in a box - wheres the fun for Christmas morning???) and it would be nice if there was a way for them to take the bike to the beach once they got it home. The alternative doesn't have to be fancy or convenient (for instance, can we put a regular roof rack on top of their Dodge Neon, take a couple of peddles off and tie it down tight?? PLEASE HELP - I AM DETERMINED TO FIND A WAY!!
PS - I first posting was not in the "Tandem" forum but still a very nice person sent a response and suggested I repost my question. What a nice response! I will absolutely tell my daughter and her new husband to join (after they get their gift - obviously in an effort not to give up the surprise) - What a nice group of people.