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Road Ranger 02-21-09 08:08 AM

shipping a triple, look for a sued one
Looking to buy a triple, who do you use to ship one, good and bad stories welcome,
also if anyone has one for sale drop me a line

JanMM 02-22-09 09:59 AM

Do you care what the outcome of the lawsuit was?:lol:

(couldn't help myself)

TandemGeek 02-22-09 10:51 AM

Part I: The Second Hand Market

From: http://www.tandemmag/com/classified

I have no idea if any of these are still available; however, the point in sharing the listings is to remind folks that tandem-specific resources like the website are available and to give you a flavor of the used triplet market, as there are a wide range of examples / prices represented here.

FOR SALE 12/08/08: Longbikes triplet (three seater) made in Lakewood, Colorado. Sloping top tube and custom child stoker kit means riders ages three and up (middle) and five and up (rear)are ready to roll; Fillet-brazed True Temper oversized tubing; Phil Wood hubs on Sun Ryno Light rims (48 spoke); rear Arai drum drag brake; custom-machined Longwood stems, timing rings,and cranks; Shimano 105 front triple derailler; XT rear 9-speed rear derailler (11-34); Avid Arch Rival 5.0 brakes; Shimano Ultegra bar end shifters. Call or write for more info and/or pictures. $4800. Thanks.
Rob Hoelscher
Home Phone: 303-986-1684

FOR SALE 09/29/08: 2002 Meridian Ascension triplet, aluminum 58/52/48cm frame; I'm 6'2", wife 5'4". Yellow-green-blue paint fade w/some nicks, kiddy-crank. We bought this to enjoy with our granddaughter and have great memories! Health issues require big switch to recumbents. Great on hills w/48-36-24 rings, Ultegra brifters, 9-speed XTR 11-32 cassette, Arai drum brake w/bar-end control. 48-spoke Phil Wood hubs, Dyad wheels, Shimano FlightDeck equipped. Avocet and Terry saddles included. Rear luggage rack, PostModerne shockpost for rear stoker. Located in Rochester, MN. Asking $4850, shipping not included.
Randy Heim
Home Phone: 507-280-4135
Work Phone: 507-266-2524

FOR SALE 07/13/08: 1998 Custom Co-Motion S&S Triplet (steel) This beautiful triplet is in outstanding condition and ready for a new family. The stand-over heights are: captain - 30 1/4"; middle - 28 5/8"; rear - 27". The wheels are Phil Wood 48 hole hubs, newly laced to Velocity Dyad rims. The drivetrain includes Dura Ace 10-speed barcons, with an XTR rear derailleur and 11-34 10-speed cassette (all with less than 100 miles). It has 9 stainless S&S couplers, allowing it to fit into two S&S backpack suitcases (included, with all the frame padding cut to size). Photos can be found here: Asking: $6,500.
Kevin Morrison
Home Phone: 248-866-0319

FOR SALE 04/25/08: Triplet for Sale, $2,600 Frame size: 21" at the Captain box, 20" at the mid-position and 19" at the stoker. Frame is CrMo, made by Kuwahara, ~15 years old, stripped and powder coated bright yellow with a sparkle overcoat no rust or damage. 18 speeds with an Arai drum brake. The bike was fully rebuilt at the time of painting and has only been ridden twice since rebuild. Crated and ready for shipment. Photos avialable, contact: Scott by
Scott Bendle
Home Phone: 248 625-5657
Work Phone: 248 232-6464

FOR SALE 04/07/08: TRIPLET. Santana. Big time family fun! Gorgeous condition, under 1000 miles. Columbus tubing. Two child conversions included. 48 spoke, 700c wheels, Edco hubs. Shimano cranks, Deore XTR derailleurs. BB to top of seat tubes: 24/23/21. Captain's top tube standover height is 33 inches. $3,700 (compare to $6,000+ new). Located in Missouri.
Mark Langenfeld
Home Phone: 573-335-2394
Work Phone: 573-651-2461

Part II: The New Market

You might want to contact two or three of the bigger tandem speciality dealers to see what they may have to offer at different price points to meet your needs. In some respects, they can often times offer a better value on existing inventory or will be able to offer an entry-level spec model that would be a better fit for your needs that an older, higher-end model for the same cost. Moreover, they will be able to take care of the shipping as part of the deal. Two dealers whom I've known for many years who have vast amounts of experience with these very-long bikes are: in Kansas / Mark Johnson in New Jersey / Mel Kornbluh

Road Ranger 02-23-09 08:49 AM

Oh yes I have
I have been in search mode for a while, have talked to some of the people with used bikes and touched base with a few dealers. Just like with the tandem I would sure like to just try one out for a little while to see how the famiy responds. I have a feeling I will have a garage full over the years.
thanks for the reply.

WillFam-Reno 02-23-09 11:45 AM

Are you interested in building your own? Warning, it takes quite a bit of time and TLC. I put one together in about 6 weeks, but it requires some work and a few tools. I think I spent under $2000 for the triplet, but if I were to do it again, I would add a custom paint job.

WSGS 02-23-09 03:48 PM

I bought a used Meridian triplet a few years ago.
It was shipped from New York to Texas by a freight forwarder.

We bought it without riding it first. My stokers and I
had previous tandeming experience. We decided that a triplet
was the solution to someone being left out. With hindsight,
we're still glad we bought the triplet. It is not for sale.

A single test ride really doesn't provide much real information.
The triplet took me a bit of time to learn how to handle.
After the first test ride, I didn't know what to think
about the different handling.

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