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Old 06-30-12, 07:34 AM   #1
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Orbit/ Thompson Tandem good or bad

My self and my wife are thinking off buying an orbit/thompson tandom, we have'nt cycled for many years but would like to get back into it, mainly for fitness. We have the chance to buy a tandem with the name Orbit on the frame badges and Thompson stickers along the frame for 400.00. Can anyone tell me if this is a good buy and a suitable bike to start with?
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It may be a great bargin, or your worst night mare.

If you are comfortable with maintaining and repairing a bicycle, it could be a great bargin. If you have to pay someone to do the work - it could be a huge drain (like any used bike or automobile), with the purchase price being insignificant compared to the investment to keep the machine safely ride worthy.

Personally, if it fits you; I would buy it; but then I also purchase old bike frames to rebuild (my SR, 310 and GT) and extensively modify others (World Tourist and T50).

If you are not prepared to do the repair and maintence yourself; you will spend lost money overall by getting a bike from a reputable shop that will set it up and fit it to you and your wife.
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Thanks for that Nigel, what you say makes good sense, maintaining the bike would be no problem but I didn't want to throw good money after bad.
We have been out on the bike and apart from a few miner issues it seems ok and fits us quite well.
I think for a first tandem it may be well worth the money and if we get on ok moving to something better at a later date.

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