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Old 02-02-09, 05:03 PM   #1
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Looking for a tandem dealer in the area (South Florida)

Hello everybody,

We are planning to buy Co-motion tandem in the next month-two and looking for good tandem dealer/experienced tandem mechanic in South Florida to help us with this task (sizing/ordering/receiving/initial assembly). We live in Ft.Lauderdale area.

Thank you in advance for your advice.
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Old 02-02-09, 05:19 PM   #2
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Call or e-mail Co-Motion for nearest dealer:
541-342-4583 or info@co-motion.com
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Old 02-02-09, 07:21 PM   #3
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From Co-Motion's website, there does not appear to be one in South Florida.

When we were shopping for our Co-Motion Robusta, I was looking for a dealer in Florida. I found a couple in Central Florida. In talking with them I found that 1) they didn't stock tandems that we could test ride, and 2) didn't have any particular tandem expertise.

Thus I didn't think they added much to the value proposition. Certainly not enough to justify repeated drives to Central Florida.

I contacted Co-Motion directly (ask for Gary, he was very helpful). I learned I had 2 additional options: 1) buy directly from Co-Motion, and do the measurements and final assembly myself, or 2) buy it through my LBS.

As long as your LBS is willing to work with Co-Motion, and there are no other dealers in the area, you can buy through your LBS at the same price, and have them do all the measuring, set up etc.

Even though my LBS hasn't sold a ton of tandems it all went very smoothly, and we've been very satisfied.

If you have a good relationship with a LBS that you like I would work with them.

Alternatively, if you want to test ride, and want the benefit of working with folks with a lot of tandem knowledge I'd fly to Alabama.

IMHO, I would not bother with a dealer that does not stock tandems, or sell many tandems that is a 3-4 hour drive away, just because they are Co-Motion dealer.

FWIW, our blog has a bit about our Co-Mo buying experience.

http://everestchallengex2.blogspot.com/
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Old 02-02-09, 08:25 PM   #4
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If you buy remote, have it shipped in and need help with assembly, or especially needing to learn how to deal with a new S&S travel bike, the best mobile bike mechanic in S.FL. is Rudy;

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Old 02-02-09, 09:40 PM   #5
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Merlins comments parrallel what we found.

Last I checked there are no South Florida dealers, and those in Central Florida don't have any in stock.

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Old 02-03-09, 06:31 AM   #6
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If you decide to fly, you can try http://houseoftandems.com in Houston. They are very close to the airport and usually have a wide variety of bikes to try. I only suggest Houston as IAH is large hub airport and easy to fly into and out of.

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Thank you very much for the information.

Appreciate your help.

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Old 02-03-09, 10:02 AM   #8
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Hi,

Thank you very much for the reply.

Have Rudy worked with tandems before? By area code -- he is local.

Do you know what shop he is working in/owning?

Thank you for your help,
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