Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Bikes: A road bike and a tandem road bike
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The only time that we made money off the sale of a tandem was our first tandem, and I think it was a Town and Country. We bought it at a garage sale, and it looked really bad. We just wanted to see if we liked tandeming.
I spent an hour or two polishing out 3/4 of the rust. I poured oil on everything that moved. Then we rode it, and we liked it so much that we quickly decided to get a more sporty bike. We sold the Town and Country for 25% more than we paid and put the money toward our second (of four so far) tandem.
I remember the bike flexing so much that we could actually see it. I remember scary sounds when we pedaled hard, and I remember wondering how long it would take to stop when I squeezed the brakes. I also remember lots of big smiles!