On last Saturday's ride the stoker said the Softbeam seemed to be moving a lot. A quick look found a crack on both sides of the top tube at the adjustment fitting. See pics below.
This was our first tandem, and we have been riding about 4 years.
Truth is, we were about ready to order a new custom fit tandem. After having one or more children in college for the last 15 years we just paid the last tuition payment for the last child. I'm now a year past knee replacement and everything looks good. We have our measurements and have submitted them to Co-Motion. We're thinking a Supremo with S+S couplers, but we might go with a Speedster, or step up and get a Seven Ti. In any event, we'll probably pull the trigger on a new tandem later this week.
So losing the Burley is not great loss. I can part it out and recover a few dollars. It's basically Ultegra shifters/DR's with a set of 26" Joe Young laced Aeroheats on Shimano hubs. And I have a full repair kit for the Softbeam, as well as both a tall and short saddle mount, so it will bring a few hundred bucks I imagine.
My question is: Can the top tube and fitting be fixed and paint matched at a reasonable price, say a few hundred dollars?
Or should I part it out, buy some old wheels, weld on a seat tube at the stoker's position, and make a yard decoration by the back fence?