Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes: 1972 Schwinn Paramount, Raleigh Pro (will be buying a tandem soon)
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Opinions Wanted, want a coupled tandem - thinking Santana / Co-Motion
Not wanting to start a war (ie: Chevy vs Ford)... but we are interested in your thoughts and prejudices. We have been out of biking for about 15 years (was a racer in 60's early 70's) and wish to return to tandem riding. We owned and long ago sold, one the the better Schwinn tandems (for the time) that was built approximately 1991. Our plans for tandeming include, training rides, rallies, and tours. We have been watching and enjoying this site for many months and have been reading all we can find. Custom frame does not appear necessary (6'-0" c & 5'-4" s)
I currently have three tandems on my "list" (with my current thoughts):
Santana Team Scandium coupled (like the idea of the sweet 16 wheels, lightness of frame, familiar with company name from years ago, LBS is a dealer)
Co-Motion Supremo co-pilot (major tandem supplier that seems to be highly respected, nice wheels)
Santana Team Niobium coupled (for comparison to the Co-Motion since Co-Motion does not put couplers on their aluminum frames)
I'm thinking I would be happy with any of these tandems, but would enjoy hearing your comments.
Thank you for your help!