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Old 11-02-17, 01:41 PM   #1
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Looking for Cheap Triplet

Hi all. It's been a while since posting here, but I've been riding the tandem pretty regularly. My use case is different from most of yours in that I use it as a basic cruiser. My wife doesn't really like riding bicycles, and my kids are too small still. So if I'm going to go somewhere on a bike, it's on my tandem.

Which brings me to the query. My older daughter is too big for kid seats and I don't want a trail-a bike. So I want a triplet. But since I don't ride far or fast, I am looking for a cheap one. Before I was ready to buy, I would always see a cheap Micargi for sale every other month or so. But now I haven't seen one for a long time.

Anyone have a line on a cheap triplet? Basically one that you all would scoff at is exactly what I want to buy!
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Old 11-03-17, 08:14 AM   #2
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Hi all. It's been a while since posting here, but I've been riding the tandem pretty regularly. My use case is different from most of yours in that I use it as a basic cruiser. My wife doesn't really like riding bicycles, and my kids are too small still. So if I'm going to go somewhere on a bike, it's on my tandem.

Which brings me to the query. My older daughter is too big for kid seats and I don't want a trail-a bike. So I want a triplet. But since I don't ride far or fast, I am looking for a cheap one. Before I was ready to buy, I would always see a cheap Micargi for sale every other month or so. But now I haven't seen one for a long time.

Anyone have a line on a cheap triplet? Basically one that you all would scoff at is exactly what I want to buy!
Define cheap.
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Old 11-03-17, 09:21 AM   #3
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Under $400
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Old 11-07-17, 01:26 PM   #4
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I'd search for a Chuck's Bikes triplet. They were decent values back in the day and pop up now and again on the used market. The problem is that you really need to find a triplet within driving distance, as otherwise it will be cost-prohibitive to ship and definitely push you way over budget.
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Good luck . . . like lookin' for a needle in a haystack!
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Old 11-11-17, 01:53 PM   #6
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I'm selling one that's well above your budget but sounds like it would be great for what you need. I'm selling our Bike Friday Triplet, you can ride with a a couple kid stokers, or your wife and one kid. Small 20" wheels and internal hub are great for in town and errands, but it's still a fun bike to take out for a few hours. Can be disassembled and rebuilt as a tandem and I have two hard cases that it came with for shipping. I know it's way above your budget, but if your goals or budget happens to change let me know. I'm asking $2500.
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Old 11-13-17, 08:49 AM   #7
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Another thought, if you can swing it, is to buy a nicer, name-brand triplet that will hold its resale value. If you buy used for the right price, you'll probably be able to resell without too much of a loss when you are no longer using it. In the end that would be less out of pocket than buying a low-end ride that you might have a hard time reselling.

There's a nice Co-Motion Periscope Triplet on Ebay right now in South Dakota with a starting price of $2000.
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Thanks for the idea about Chuck's. I'll add that to my regular search. It's a long shot, but I'm maximizing my odds by putting out the word. You don't ask.... you don't get!

Regarding the more expensive options, I hear you. It's just that I'm not really interested in an out-of-pocket expense that large at this time. Bicycles and tandems are not my only (or main) hobby, so I have to be careful applying that logic indiscriminately. That's how I've ended up with multiple motorcycles, forges, cars, trucks, campers.... the list goes on!
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If I find that, I ain't tellin' anyone about it!
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By the way, the Chuck's triplets were under the brand name "Tsunam" so I'd search on both terms. But I still think you'll be pushing $1000 at least for this setup.

Honestly, if you are on a budget and already have a tandem, your best bet is to find an new or used Burley Piccolo trail-a-bike. Their attachment setup on the special rear rack is light years better than your average trail-a-bike that mounts to the seatpost. We had this setup before we got our triplet and it was very stable. They go for $359 new. Right now REI has a 20% off sale for members so that would get it under $300. Read the reviews and you'll see it's a nice setup. https://www.rei.com/product/843750/b...o-trailer-bike
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I donít want to jinx myself but I think I found one. Will post up pics if it works out!
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I donít want to jinx myself but I think I found one. Will post up pics if it works out!
That's great. If it doesn't, you might look into a fellow named Peter Wagner in Davis, CA. He takes discarded bikes and converts them into whatever tickles his fancy, sometimes triples. They're rarely pretty (just hacked and welded old bikes), but do the trick. I used an old Huffy that he converted into a rear-steer with a child's crank for years when my son was small.

He's on facebook or you can hunt him down on the web using the Whymcycle moniker.
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I would have loved to find something like Whymcycle's bikes. Bodged, rear-steer would have been awesome. As it turned out, I found a Micargi on Craigslist. It's about what I expected, which means really bad components. I'll probably cannibalize an old bike for some upgraded stuff.

Now on to the next challenge: a used child stoker kit!
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I didn't realize I could attach images. I thought it was just linking to a photo site. Since I used Photobucket in the past....

Anyway, here's my Micargi Triplet bought used from Craigslist. It's mostly as expected, but I wasn't really prepared for just how bad the components would be. It's a bit less-well maintained than advertised, but..... these things don't come up very often so it is what it is.

As I mentioned above, I have a dis-used mountain bike with 26" wheels. It's mostly XT with some XTR stuff, so anything that swaps will be upgraded.

First step will be to fab up a mount for a child seat in the middle. My daughter is not quite big enough to move from her strider bike to a pedal bike, and I haven't found a child stoker kit yet. I'll get her on a seat in the middle, then maybe move her to a bike seat with a foot platform then to the stoker kit when I find it.

I'll have to put on new captain bars, too, since I can't get my ibert child seat on these. I fabbed up a mount for the ibert which puts it forward a bit and above the bars (factory mount is behind the bars and under them). This gives me room for my hips between the back of the child seat and the nose of the captain's seat so I can stand both feet flat on the ground. I'll make a second one (and maybe a third) so I don't have to swap between tandem, triplet, and Schwinn Cruiser.
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