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Custom Built 1987ish Bradley Tandem- Any info on these? Value?

Old 07-18-17, 01:04 PM
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Custom Built 1987ish Bradley Tandem- Any info on these? Value?

A neighbor has this vintage Bradley tandem road bike that she would like me to sell for her. She said she paid around $3500 for it when it was new. It is in great shape, and with tuned up about three years ago and not ridden since. Also, the shifters were upgraded from downtube shifters to a more modern set up. I am planning to get new seats and griptape for it before it is sold. I have tried looking these up, I can't find any info on them. She has all of the original paperwork and receipts, I will be looking through that as soon as I get it. Any idea of how to price it?
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Was the frame custom built for them or was it just built up how they wanted? I think lots of people oooh and awe at nice looking tandems but never buy.

What components are on it? What is the frame material? Is it the Stoker position a Mixtec? Any pics?
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$500 or less for a local sale, maybe a lot less. Unless you are in a thriving metropolis, Tandems are nearly impossible to sell. Now if you are in a super hot market, maybe you can do better.

Note the recent post on a Bob Jackson tandem in Denver. Its a highly prized brand well known by many.

Really doesn't matter what she paid for it. Hopefully she got a lot of enjoyment out of it.

And custom can be a can of worms. It means it only fits two riders, the ones it was built for. Finding another couple with the same sizing needs can be nearly impossible. Hopefully their sizing was not unusual. If so, finding another two riders that it will fit will not be as hard.

Bob Jackson mentioned before has odd sizing.

In selling a tandem you need several things to line up:

1. You need someone who wants a tandem (not many riders want one).

2. You need to find someone that wants a vintage tandem (even smaller group).

3. You need to find someone who wants a tandem, wants a vintage tandem, and both riders are the proportion that fits your tandem.

FWIW: I am in the process of parting out two vintage tandems as the cranksets alone are worth more than what I can get for the complete bikes..... Never again.

The hardest bike to sell is a vintage tandem. And they are challenging to ship.

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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
$500 or less for a local sale, maybe a lot less. Unless you are in a thriving metropolis, Tandems are nearly impossible to sell. Now if you are in a super hot market, maybe you can do better.

Note the recent post on a Bob Jackson tandem in Denver. Its a highly prized brand well known by many.

Really doesn't matter what she paid for it. Hopefully she got a lot of enjoyment out of it.

And custom can be a can of worms. It means it only fits two riders, the ones it was built for. Finding another couple with the same sizing needs can be nearly impossible. Hopefully their sizing was not unusual. If so, finding another two riders that it will fit will not be as hard.

Bob Jackson mentioned before has odd sizing.

In selling a tandem you need several things to line up:

1. You need someone who wants a tandem (not many riders want one).

2. You need to find someone that wants a vintage tandem (even smaller group).

3. You need to find someone who wants a tandem, wants a vintage tandem, and both riders are the proportion that fits your tandem.

FWIW: I am in the process of parting out two vintage tandems as the cranksets alone are worth more than what I can get for the complete bikes..... Never again.

The hardest bike to sell is a vintage tandem. And they are challenging to ship.
I don't do this very often, but I partially disagree with my esteemed and knowledgeable colleague above, while agreeing mostly...

The Bob Jackson isn't worth much in large part because it frankly looks like a very poor design for a tandem, and Bob Jacksons aren't especially well regarded IME. The stoker cockpit is going to turn people off on test rides.

While your tandem is surely worth far less than your neighbor hopes, IF it's a more modern design, with more space for a stoker, it's possible you could do a bit better than $500. I've never heard of Bradley...but it's POSSIBLE it could be more in the $1000 range. Maybe. A lot also depends on luck and patience. Photos would help.

Probably it will be hard to sell and you'll get little money regardless.
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Pics would help immensely for valuation purposes. Get lots of closeups of parts, the whole bike from the drive side, etc.

Tandems are a tough sell. There is a very limited market for them, they're tough to store, they're tough to transport in or on vehicles, and they're more expensive than single road bikes for the most part. That means you really have to direct your marketing to reach the kind of audience that would appreciate a nice one.

Other than ebay, CL, or here in the classies, you might want to join a tandem forum and advertise there. A much more receptive market that would probably be willing to pay more than on CL, for ex.
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The biggest problem with tandems is that it's a bike that has to fit two people. This can give some leverage...demand is low, but so is supply.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I don't do this very often, but I partially disagree with my esteemed and knowledgeable colleague above, while agreeing mostly...

The Bob Jackson isn't worth much in large part because it frankly looks like a very poor design for a tandem, and Bob Jacksons aren't especially well regarded IME. The stoker cockpit is going to turn people off on test rides.

While your tandem is surely worth far less than your neighbor hopes, IF it's a more modern design, with more space for a stoker, it's possible you could do a bit better than $500. I've never heard of Bradley...but it's POSSIBLE it could be more in the $1000 range. Maybe. A lot also depends on luck and patience. Photos would help.

Probably it will be hard to sell and you'll get little money regardless.
So true, without pictures, no idea really. And that BJ is really odd size wise.
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A Bradley is most likely made in Columbus OH by Jack (forgot-his-name) of Franklin Frames. Bradleys are his stock brand, Franklin is his custom, although he has been known to customize Bradleys to some extent.
His stuff is nice, but not well known, and he did build a lot of tandems.
You can Google his address - in Newark, OH now, and perhaps send him the serial # and a photo - perhaps he can give you more info.
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A Bradley is most likely made in Columbus OH by Jack (forgot-his-name) of Franklin Frames. Bradleys are his stock brand, Franklin is his custom, although he has been known to customize Bradleys to some extent.
His stuff is nice, but not well known, and he did build a lot of tandems.
You can Google his address - in Newark, OH now, and perhaps send him the serial # and a photo - perhaps he can give you more info.
I didn't know Franklin had a stock brand, but I agree with everything else you wrote; Franklin is one of the under the radar, workmanlike guys who's been around forever (and who other builders sub out to).
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The way I heard it (FWIW) is that "Bradley" is his wife's maiden name.
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And yes, Jack spent most of his time subcontracting frames and paint for other more well-known names.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
The biggest problem with tandems is that it's a bike that has to fit two people. This can give some leverage...demand is low, but so is supply.
Also pricier to ship, so usually limits to local sale.
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Originally Posted by aeshultz View Post
A Bradley is most likely made in Columbus OH by Jack (forgot-his-name) of Franklin Frames. Bradleys are his stock brand, Franklin is his custom, although he has been known to customize Bradleys to some extent.
His stuff is nice, but not well known, and he did build a lot of tandems.
You can Google his address - in Newark, OH now, and perhaps send him the serial # and a photo - perhaps he can give you more info.
I and this this bike are located in Columbus Ohio, how funny! It has the original build sheet, it looks like almost everything was hand selected. Would love to get in contact with him to see what he thinks.
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