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    Senior Member Elad63's Avatar
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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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    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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    Here it is. More pics on my Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elad63/

    Last edited by Elad63; 02-04-13 at 03:30 PM.

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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~
    Rudy anbd Kay/zonatandem

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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!
    Rudy and Kay/zonatandem

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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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