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Old 06-11-13, 02:26 AM   #1
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My Cheap $200 Tandem (Pacific Dualie)

Don't remember how I ended up getting a Tandem bike last year, but it was one of the best $200's I've ever spent! We've always liked riding motorcycles, convertibles, so this came natural and I no longer have to worry about my girlfriend riding into a parked car or a wall, plus we get smiles and compliments every time we ride out!

I'm not a high-speed biker so I could care less about weight and rolling resistance. I wanted something rugged, durable, will take a pounding and be able to go down curbs and stairs since I'm in NYC and can't always stay on the road. I'm not a small guy so the extra weight doesn't bother me. I treat it as high intensity cardio anyways once we hit the hills.

So far after 2 summers of riding, with the occasional brake and gear tune up, it has held up phenomenally. Most of the reviews I read on this Pacific Dualie's were on how tough they're built so it was perfect for me.




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Old 06-11-13, 03:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-12-13, 04:41 PM   #3
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We also have a Pacific. I got it to ride around with the grandchildren and it has been good for that. Had to tighten the spokes and true the wheels a couple of times but they are pretty good now. Just finished the 37 mile loop of the San Diego Century last week, splitting the ride with the two kids. 10 year old had been sick so she only did 10 miles. 7 year old did the rest. I was really impressed with how much effort both kids gave me on the hills. Tandem riding is addictive. Just bought a DaVinci for the 60 mile loop next year.
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Old 06-12-13, 05:43 PM   #4
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sweet glad u turned that fork around from the first pic
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Old 06-12-13, 10:06 PM   #5
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I still want to get it professionally tuned as my knowledge comes from youtube videos just for the peace of mind, but for our little 10 mile trips along the beach and back, it's been great. I've been trying to convince my couples friends to get one, because it is so much fun and you won't understand until you try it. I would love to double date with someone on these.

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yeah we've only ridden ours a few times and i already want to try to convince my neighbors who also ride to get one so we can ride together

just a suggestion.. you might try is replacing the tires with completely slick tires. unless you're riding primarily off road, those knobby mountain bike tires are slowing you down and make handling worse when you're on the street. a $20-30 investment could mean a lot more enjoyment. the first thing i do on all my 26" wheel bikes is replace the tires with road tires since i don't do a lot of off roading.

also, if you're in NYC, i'd consider getting a ulock.. but you know your area better than me
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yeah we've only ridden ours a few times and i already want to try to convince my neighbors who also ride to get one so we can ride together

just a suggestion.. you might try is replacing the tires with completely slick tires. unless you're riding primarily off road, those knobby mountain bike tires are slowing you down and make handling worse when you're on the street. a $20-30 investment could mean a lot more enjoyment. the first thing i do on all my 26" wheel bikes is replace the tires with road tires since i don't do a lot of off roading.

also, if you're in NYC, i'd consider getting a ulock.. but you know your area better than me
I'm not too concerned about speed and handling, more about ruggedness and durability. We spend most of the time on dirt, potholes, and uneven boardwalk plants with debris sticking out. Plus I ride for cardio, so the harder it is for me, the better. I let the gf relax while I get my work out on. Except for steep hills, lol.
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For your terrain I would recommend the Kenda k838 tire.. it's inexpensive and heavy duty. I used them for over a year of nasty city streets and light offroading without any flats. Just a suggestion though, keep it in mind when it comes time to replace tires. But if you like tires that add resistance because it increases your work out, then keep rocking what u got
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Does anyone know how to, or if its even possible to install an Independent Pedaling System for my stoker?
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Old 06-14-13, 10:37 PM   #10
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Not worth it to put independent pedaling system on that tandem.
It would cost you at least three times as much as what you paid for the bike.
Enjoy what you've got.
Next time put that cable lock through the back wheel (it's pricier to replace than the front).
Enjoy the ride TWOgether!
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I'm a very infrequent poster, but I really like the fact that no one has given you grief for buying a 'department store' tandem or some such nonsense, or not buying a $5000 tandem. All tandems are fun. I agree with previous posters about the slick tires - as frantik mentioned there are good durable alternatives to the knobby out there, and one advantage to tandems is that they go fast -- so you could trade the cardio benefit of fighting the knobby tires for the cardio benefit of going fast. My wife and I are particularly fast going down hill.

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OP; Only thing I can add is to be sure to take the wheels to a good LBS or a knowledgeable friend for a retensioning and be sure to keep the tires well inflated. I have ridden a Dualie and as someone very experienced with tandems spanning 40+ years, I can tell you it is a lot better that your typical department store bike. It is factually a decent all around rider if used within reason.

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Hills in NYC?????
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Rode solo on it for fun and it felt very wobbly, but it was very easy to drift the rear end around! I had my little 110lb nephew ride in the back for fun, but he had to keep his feet up because he's not tall enough to reach the pedals yet and I can tell you that was a real challenge on the hills, lol.
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You can see the rest of the pictures here
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=ed17db3e9d
including how steep some of the inclines were

I'd say this was one of the harder hills. My cousin had to get off and push his son up, lol. I was in 1st gear going maybe 1mph and the thing keeping us upright was how fast I was pedaling, lol.

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^ looks like you had fun we just got back from a nice 14 mile group ride on our $200 tandem.. no big hills like your ride though, luckily

btw, it looks like the pacific dualie comes with an eccentric bottom bracket? it looks like it might be a tiny step above a lot of the other cheap tandems out there

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It does have an eccentric bob and you need to be real careful with the fixing screws. I now check before every ride and carry a Phillips screwdriver after an emergency repair on the San Diego Century.
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