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  1. #1
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    Beach cruiser tandem?

    No, we're not dumping the Speedster (well, not until we upgrade in 6-7 years), but I'm looking for a decent beach cruiser. Not for us, but for our family doctor -- o.k., she's a physician's assistant -- who thinks the tandem concept is fun. While she and her husband are active, I really don't see them becoming members of the real biking community. They currently ride less than two miles. On a related note, my recommendation will be for a trailer (probably Burley) for their 6 y.o. (triples are pretty much non-existent until one gets a Bike Friday, Santana, et al). A lot of these lower cost tandems that I've already seen have had real poor reviews (even in the context of cheap(er) bikes). Or is a used mountain tandem a better route or overkill? Thoughts or recommendations?
    Jeff

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    Half Fast mwandaw's Avatar
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    I recommend a used Trek T900. I would guess that with some patience you will be able to find one for $600 or so. I think they are the least expensive good quality tandems available. Plus, their "hybrid" layout is easy to use for casual riders.

    Search this forum, and you'll find quite a few posts about the bike.

    Good luck!
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    You can also look for a Trek Cruiseliner Tandem. It's not as good componentwise as the T900 and was last produced in 2010.

    Cruisers with chainguards are usually single side drive, lacking a front derailleur (although for much of Florida it's not needed).

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    I agree with the Trek T900 recommendation. I picked up a 2008 for $450 used from a bike store. Even new it is only $1200 (which is inexpensive for a tandem). My wife and I really enjoy it. I'd prefer a more expensive road bike, but its really nice if you can't convince your partner to spend big. It's perfect for the 25 mile trips we usually go on (road, bike trails, paths).

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    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
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    Raleigh put out a reasonably priced intro tandem; look for a used one.

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