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Old 02-04-13, 02:19 PM   #1
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Raleigh Companion

A friend is giving me a Raleigh Companion tandem, he is buying another. He said it in great working order, hardly been used. I was wondering what level of bike does it fit in with other models. I think he said it's a 2005 or 2006, a 8 speed with 26 inch wheels and riser bars. Would such bike be road worthy for touring and/or club rides with slicks and possible drop bar conversion. We have a local CO OP so parts are no problem and I have better then normal maintance skills. When i receive it, I will post pics.
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Old 02-04-13, 02:25 PM   #2
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I'd say that the companion is a decent mid-low end cruising tandem. Defnitely not a lightweight road machine.

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...nion&Type=bike

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Old 02-04-13, 03:59 PM   #3
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Here it is. More pics on my Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elad63/


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The Companion is a good/reliable introductory tandem, but a definitely nowhere near 'light weight' and is a bit bottom line.
Working with the CO OP and getting parts cheap is great, but personally would not sink a lot of $$ into a Companion.
Yes, have ridden the Companion.
Pedal on TWOgether~
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I was not too worried about it being lightweight. I was looking to see what I could do to make it more road worthy. I know it will have it's limitations, but we usually ride rail trails and club ride socials, so it should be ok for a starter bike. If we enjoy it, and can learn to ride together, maybe next year we will buy a better one.
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I'd maybe switch to some skinnier tires (we run Serfas Seca 26 x 1.25 .... very affordable .... Paselas are also great and have slightly more tread/grip)
Then lube, tune, tinker, tweak, and ride it as is, rather than putting a bunch of cash down to upgrade at first. Have fun!
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Hey neighbor, enjoy it and see where things go. If you like riding the tandem you can upgrade down the road. Narrower tires and maybe bar-ends are easy and low-cost upgrades to make it more road worthy. We started with an old GT tandem and cut our teeth for a year and a half before getting our current bike.
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We started tandeming back in 1975 on a French Follis. Now on tandem #5 . . .
Enjoy the ride TWOgether!
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Definitely an entry level. They go for maybe $700 new if you negotiate. You will find the frame noodly and with much weight on a back rack it wags like a dog's tail. Still, you can do some good riding and have fun with it. I would not spend a lot upgrading as you will not increase the value. Ride it as is and if you enjoy and want to upgrade in a year sell it and start looking for a used CoMotion (that is what we did). Use it to see if you like tandeming though as a good start...
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thx for the info and encouragement.
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My wife and I plan to ride the Katy Trail from end to end in August, about 240 miles. We have three days to do it. On our Burley Duet, on pavement, we could average 80 miles a day no problem. But we can't bring our Burley on this trip, and must rent. The bike shop has only the Raleigh Companion available. I'm having my doubts that we'll be able to push this platform-pedalaed bruiser over the trail's crushed gravel 80 miles a day, even if it is table-top flat from one end to the other. What do you think?
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I used to have an 02' Raleigh Tandem, it was a different model name but basically the predecessor. It was fine for getting into Tandem! We kept the 26x2(ish) smooth tires that were on it. It was fairly slow but worlds better than the Sun tandems we had rented previously (Sun Bikes Brickell Tandem 7 Bike | Buy Cycling Online). The geometry made me sit more upright like a hybrid and it might feel weird to be low on drop bars. It terms of comparing it to other bikes, I think it's similar to the Trek T900 (T 900 - Trek Bicycle), but heavier and maybe slightly worse components.

As a FREE tandem to check out the sport, it will be great!
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I just rode the Katy trail, in 3 days (Clinton to Machens direction), with stops in Rocheport and McKittrick. We actually started in Lee's Summit 1 day earlier. We (6 people) rode singles - MTBs or cross bikes.
I would say 80 mi/day would be a fair bit of work on a "cruiser tandem". Not impossible by any means, but don't underestimate it. Personally, I would want something better.
The first day (Clinton-Rocheport) had some "railroad grades" crossing the Ozarks. The trail also had some fairly soft sections - 14 mph was tough at times.
After that the trail flattened out considerably. In the section from McKittrick to Machens we hit some 20-25 mi area with a lot of flooding damage. Major washouts in spots.
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My wife and I plan to ride the Katy Trail from end to end in August, about 240 miles. We have three days to do it. On our Burley Duet, on pavement, we could average 80 miles a day no problem. But we can't bring our Burley on this trip, and must rent. The bike shop has only the Raleigh Companion available. I'm having my doubts that we'll be able to push this platform-pedalaed bruiser over the trail's crushed gravel 80 miles a day, even if it is table-top flat from one end to the other. What do you think?
Well the Katy isn't table-top flat. From Clinton to Boonville is somewhat hilly although rarely over 4% grade as it is a rails-to-trails. If you go from Clinton to Machens, like NeamtuX2, then it's more downhill especially the drop from the bluffs down into Boonville.

I have a somewhat heavy touring bike and average around 13-14 mph. As I do the Katy in 5 days, I’m not all that motivated to ride much faster.

I think 3 days is possible, but you’ll have to work pretty hard.
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