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Tandem Cycling A bicycle built for two. Want to find out more about this wonderful world of tandems? Check out this forum to talk with other tandem enthusiasts. Captains and stokers welcome!

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Old 07-07-14, 05:01 PM   #1
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New tandemists! (tandemizers? tandemistas?)

Hi - long time member of bikeforums but totally new to tandem riding.

My wife and I picked up a Burley Bossa Nova from Craigslist as a bit of an impulse buy over the weekend. From the drivetrain (6 speed freewheel, Suntour XC Pro rear derailleur and shifters, and 'Self Energizing' rear brakes) we're guessing it's a 1990 model. We paid $400, which seemed reasonable and the seller was a nice old guy so we didn't haggle over it. It's pretty much original except for the saddles, and the condition is fairly good. It's definitely been ridden, and has some deep paint scratches probably due to transport (with rust on the exposed metal), but overall seemed in good shape.

The afternoon we bought it we put in a 60 mile ride on a mix of road and gravel, which I thought was pretty good for our first ever tandem experience. We even managed to coordinate pedaling while standing, although we mostly rode seated. By the end my arms were killing me due to the too-long captain's stem, and we'd broken a rear spoke, but other than that, it was awesome!

We're definitely excited about this. Best part for me was yelling "More power!!!' over my shoulder to my wife

-Robin

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Old 07-07-14, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-14, 07:20 PM   #3
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Nice! Welcome. Watch out for the rear wheel strength, many of us have issues with spoke breakage with the weight of two people. My wife and I commute on the tandem several times a year and all it takes is one good pothole with the two of us to damage a wheel. You might want to look at stronger wheels if this keeps happening.
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Sounds like a good starter tandem. We rode our starter tandem - a KHS - for a decade. Ride it long enough and you'll figure out what you want to replace it with or that you want to keep riding it. Or both.
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Hi - long time member of bikeforums but totally new to tandem riding.

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We're definitely excited about this. Best part for me was yelling "More power!!!' over my shoulder to my wife

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The afternoon we bought it we put in a 60 mile ride on a mix of road and gravel, which I thought was pretty good for our first ever tandem experience.
That's an impressive accomplishment for your first ride!
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Tandemnistas! Welcome to the club. I have to tell my stoker, "Ease off!" We solved all our wheel problems by running 36H Deep-V rims with correct and even spoke tension.
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Old 07-08-14, 03:06 PM   #8
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Better be nice to your stoker or she may start carrying a fork like several stokers I know.
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Welcome!
Riding TWOgether for 39 years so far . . .
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Carrying a fork sounds pretty extreme, fortunately I can threaten my stoker with cutting off her TV and Internet. Also I put the bell and the map case on her bars so she has something to do. For the record, my stoker is my 11 year old daughter who is currently training with me to do Tour de Cure since she was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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Riding TWOgether for 39 years so far . . .
Enjoy the Burley!
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Rudy, I've often wondered if you have written your memoirs yet. You must have some amazing stories to share from that many years and miles on a tandem!
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Robo,
Welcome to the tandem world. You are very lucky to have an enthusiastic stoker. With my three boys, the oldest (12) is not into "excerting" excerting himself. The two younger boys (9 and 10) fight over who rides on the triplet and who rides on the trail-a-bike. The younger two are my power stokers.
Enjoy - they grow up fast.
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