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Old 11-26-14, 06:06 PM   #1
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Restored 70's Schwinn Twinn Tandem

Hey guys, new to the forum and wanted to get some feedback from the tandem community. I just finished restoring/customizing a Schwinn Twinn I picked up years ago in terrible condition. I reused a lot of the original parts by cleaning up the surface rust on the chrome parts with aluminum foil and cola (it actually works!). Frame/fork/chainguard got a new coat of paint. I had real walnut wood fenders custom made for it and made my own walnut wood cube valve caps to match. New wheel set with cream tires (I couldn't resist) with cork grips to fit the whole look I was after. The seat posts on these guys are a weird diameter so I got an adapter to put on a couple of new leather saddles. What does everyone think? I'm trying to figure out a value for this bike as I'd like to sell it (need money for engagement ring) so if any of you could help me out with a value range that would be awesome. Thanks for looking!

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Old 12-03-14, 07:52 PM   #2
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Restored 70's Schwinn Twinn Tandem

First off, it's gorgeous - beautiful work.

As to value... first, understand I am no expert, this is just my opinion; and that and 99 cents gets you coffee somewhere cheap. So FWIW...
My guess is that you might get $500 - 1,000 ??? I'd guess it will depend on many things...
- possibly the biggest is getting it in front of some buyers who appreciate the historical context of the bike, and the craftsmanship of your restoration; and have the cash, the motivation, and some immediate desire to move now, not later.
- your location- a bigger city, with a longer season, and more places+times to ride, will probably allow you to get more for it.
- if you can get more than 1 motivated buyer in, so that you can legitimately say, "I gotta get back to this other guy." In my experience, the guy who can say "well, I think I'm gonna sit on it, think about it for a little while" almost always gets the better deal, whether that guy's the buyer or the seller.
- timing: if somebody's jazzed about it as a Christmas present, that'll move it in December. If not, I'd be inclined to wait til it's spring where you are- people are usually short of cash Jan-March, and in cold weather few people are thinking about buying bikes.

Nice job, good luck, and CONGRAT's on your engagement.
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That is cool!!!

I love the wood fenders, thinking of doing that with a 1939 Schwinn cruiser frame I've got sitting in the garage. But it is a lot easier to THINK about . . . you actually did it.

I may be wrong, but I don't think you'll get enough $$ selling it to make it worthwhile. Hang on to it and ride it with your new bride.
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Just sold a really nice '63 "Bicycle Built for Two". Nice job on yours. The chain should go over the top of your idler gear.
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... but I don't think you'll get enough $$ selling it to make it worthwhile. Hang on to it and ride it with your new bride.
^ This might end up being true. You've truly done a one-of-a-kind restoration and it could be a real treat for you + the Mrs, and it's not a simple thing to find buyers with preference for this kind of work + bike, and the cash to make it happen.

But having said that, only you know your cashflow situation, Mrs' inclination to ride, local opportunities to ride, etc etc. I suppose you could always "shop" it -- advertise it at a price high enuf that you're happy parting with it. If you get no buyers in that price range, keep it for your own enjoyment + look forother approaches to that engagement ring.
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Just sold a really nice '63 "Bicycle Built for Two". Nice job on yours. The chain should go over the top of your idler gear.
ya, I realized after putting it together that the chain was on the wrong side of the tensioner. Doh!
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Thank you for the kind words! I've got it listed high at $1300 just to see if there is any interest, but seeing as I only have $600 total into the project, anything above that is a profit as I consider my time building it a gift in itself. Maybe I'll get lucky with a Christmas buyer, but I have plenty of time if Spring might bring out more interest.
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Bought mine on the urging of my wife. It's really a flatland vehicle. She had some view issues when I stood up on the hills...
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