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Old 07-29-20, 04:43 PM
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Melton tandem value

Saw this advertised for $400 and was thing these were worth more than that. What would be a reasonable price for it? I have no intentions on buying it.


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Ever own a boat?
Boat - a big hole in the water you pour money into.

Q: What are the two best days in a boat owner's life?
A: The day he buys it, and the day he sells it.

Need more useful sized pic, and detail pics, and more detail info, on the Melton. But just on the guess that it's a mid-level '80s-'90s tig-welded chrome-moly overly-hyphenated tandem road bike with entry- to mid-level components, that's a very fair price. Tandem-specific pluses - I THINK I see two cables coming out of the rear brake lever, and something silver-ish on the rear hub, which suggests that the rear lever operates both the cantilever rim brake and a drum brake. Also uses an eccentric for timing chain tension rather than the idler you'd find on a CHEAP tandem. Rear wheel is 48 spokes but the front looks like a 36.
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But just on the guess that it's a mid-level '80s-'90s tig-welded chrome-moly overly-hyphenated tandem road bike with entry- to mid-level components, that's a very fair price. Tandem-specific pluses - I THINK I see two cables coming out of the rear brake lever, and something silver-ish on the rear hub, which suggests that the rear lever operates both the cantilever rim brake and a drum brake. Also uses an eccentric for timing chain tension rather than the idler you'd find on a CHEAP tandem. Rear wheel is 48 spokes but the front looks like a 36.
I have no idea what the price is given how hard it is to sell tandems but a Melton tandem is not likely to be a "mid level" "tig welded" "overly-hyphenated" tandem. Melton was a heck of a frame builder back in the day and he specialized in tandems.

Mike Melton

My guess is that this is fillet brazed frame by a top end frame builder and these look like pretty high end parts (not entry to mid-level). That looks to be a TA crank. The rear derailleur could well be a Campy Rally. I'll bet those high flange hubs are pretty nice. No way to tell for sure with one crummy pic but these could all be fairly high end vintage gear that is original to the bike. The original owner would have likely paid some coin to outfit back in the day with top notch gear to match the frame.

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I had a Melton track tandem. Never actually got to race that one. But it was very well made. Lost it to hard times while living in Toledo OH. Would to OP care to share a link to this tandem? I would be interested in it.
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(The "overly-hyphenated" was a reference to my overuse of hyphens in that sentence; sorry that was not obvious.) Well, I don't see any lugs. The shifters don't look exactly "high-end". Would be a good candidate for bar-ends. Newer pics confirm the drum brake, a definite tandem plus. As said, a very fair price definitely worth the ask.
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Suntour bar ends would have been my choice but I could see someone going for stem shifters back in the day. Suntour ratcheting shifters (and I believe that's what these are) were good shifters. Dia compe is making some new stem shifters so there is some small demand for them. I'd think about using them on an upright city build.

https://www.diacompe.com.tw/product/e...-mount-shfter/
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Old 08-01-20, 09:06 PM
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The problem with tandems is the “right sized” duo to buy it.
note that the stroker saddle is slammed down.
other than being a bit concerned about how that seat post is tightened in... size matters.
the front hub does not look Campagnolo.

will eventually find a buyer, price may indeed be market. Location is a big factor.
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