Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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Question: Ship a tandem or Rent one?
Hi folks. Need some advice here. We're planning to attend the Eastern Tandem Rally in New Hampshire. We live near Vancouver, Canada, so driving is out of the question. We're going to combine the ETR with the summer opera festival at Glimmerglass (near Cooperstown, NY), so also plan to do some riding in upstate NY. I have been looking at shipping options and will likely try Amtrak, but then this means I've got to rent an SUV at Albany airport, and SUV's are not only expensive to rent, but they tend to use lots of gas, which is not too good right now. The other option is to rent a tandem, but my understanding is that most, if not all, rental tandems are very low-performance Sunday-outing-on-the-bike-paths sorts of tandems.
Anyway, I would like to get your recommendations, especially if you know of any places that rent decent tandems for about ten days near Albany, NY. Or if you have any ideas on cheap ways of transporting tandems and cheap cars that will transport them once near the destination.