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02 Raleigh SC Tandem for $200 - Good for Newbie

Old 08-09-20, 04:22 PM
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02 Raleigh SC Tandem for $200 - Good for Newbie

Lifetime cyclist here, with a novice stoker who has issues from her riding past. She's been riding around our quiet neighborhood blocks for over a decade.

Bike crash history: 1) was hit by vehicle and suffered concussion (no helmet), 2) went on a trail ride, dumped it going up a tricky hill and suffered laceration and permanent scarring, 3) was cornering around the block while pedaling and ate ****and suffered a broken ring finger.

It's very apparent that she has a limited skill-set, but, unfortunately, she is unwilling to increase her skill-set. Further, she completely freaks out in traffic.
Riding on separate bikes beyond the confines of a bike path is NOT A RECOMMENDED ACTIVITY!

So, I'm contemplating a tandem...

I've done quite a bit of reading and there are not too many to choose from for my experiment because I'm 6' and she's 5'2. Been searching for over a month.

A relatively local couple is selling a good condition 2002 Raleigh SC Tandem (steel frame 26" wheels, 3x8) listed for $300. I offered $200 over text and they accepted as long as it was to a "good home where it will be ridden..."

Was initially seeking 700c x 35mm+ wheels, but most of the inexpensive used tandems come with 26" or 700c with skinny clearances.
Planning on road and fire road kinda stuff.

Is this a good price and is it a good starter/experimental tandem?


2002 Raleigh SC Tandem
Product Details: Component Group Tandem mix, Bottom Bracket Sealed cartridge, 127.5mm spindle BB Shell Width 68mm English, Chain Shimano CN-UG50, 1/2 x 3/32inch Extensions Not included Hubs Front: Joy Tech aluminum, Q/R, Rear: Shimano Alivio, Rims Alex DM-18, 36-hole, Tires 26 x 1.95inch Kenda K-841C Spoke BrandSha-Dar stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge Spoke NipplesBrass nipples, Frame Construction TIG-welded, Fork Brand & Model Raleigh Tandem Cassette 8-s
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Old 08-09-20, 07:12 PM
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For $200 looks to be a great experimental starter tandem. Assuming it fits the both of you.
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Fit is the number one thing. Beyond that, looks great. For that price, you have room to change bars and seats if you need to. I’d snap it up. If tandeming works for you two, then you might want something better eventually. But even then you might keep it for a rainy day bike (add fenders), or for gravel, or whatever. Can’t go wrong for $200.
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That bike IS a Kent/Pacific Dual-Drive box store tandem as sold by Wal-Mart and Amazon. Current retail on these is ~$250 delivered (user assembly) or ~$275 off the floor ready to ride. I'd just as soon get a new one with a warranty. Fit? These bikes were only ever made in one size fits most. It will NOT fit a 6' Captain/5'2" Stoker perfectly, but it doesn't have to. There won't be anything likely to fit better in that price range, maybe in any price range except custom. That mixte rear end is there so juvenile stokers feel at home. 5'2" will be right at home. 6' Captain 'may' feel a tad cramped but what does that really mean when the back angle is 55*? Buy this bike or not but 'fit' is absolutely not one of the test criteria for a bike like this. We've enjoyed the ones we've had (yes, multiple units). They get the job done.
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
That bike IS a Kent/Pacific Dual-Drive box store tandem as sold by Wal-Mart and Amazon. Current retail on these is ~$250 delivered (user assembly) or ~$275 off the floor ready to ride. I'd just as soon get a new one with a warranty. Fit? These bikes were only ever made in one size fits most. It will NOT fit a 6' Captain/5'2" Stoker perfectly, but it doesn't have to. There won't be anything likely to fit better in that price range, maybe in any price range except custom. That mixte rear end is there so juvenile stokers feel at home. 5'2" will be right at home. 6' Captain 'may' feel a tad cramped but what does that really mean when the back angle is 55*? Buy this bike or not but 'fit' is absolutely not one of the test criteria for a bike like this. We've enjoyed the ones we've had (yes, multiple units). They get the job done.
I would beg to differ with you on this being a Kent/Pacific Dual Drive. The bike pictured has a proper eccentric bottom bracket from a good mfg. In my option this bike would be similar to a TREK 900 and should work well for your team. You may need to change the stem for the captain to tune-in your fit. If you do not have extremely long legs then you my not get the bars to a comfortable drop. This looks like a good bike to jump into tandem riding.
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That looks like a really good "experimental tandem" for what you describe. Think about going 2" wide with tires to make her feel safer, installing water bottle cages and letting her pick out an attractive water bottle for herself and matching helmet . Also, if you have not ridden a tandem much, given her accident history, be very mindful of where her pedals are when you make a sharp turn.

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I would beg to differ with you on this being a Kent/Pacific Dual Drive. The bike pictured has a proper eccentric bottom bracket from a good mfg. In my option this bike would be similar to a TREK 900 and should work well for your team. You may need to change the stem for the captain to tune-in your fit. If you do not have extremely long legs then you my not get the bars to a comfortable drop. This looks like a good bike to jump into tandem riding.
Indeed, upon examination, this bike appears to be decent quality. I cleaned her up, "unstickied" the shifters, made some adjustments and the bike now operates and rides like new- shifts like a charm and the brakes are dialed in. I also added a few ditties her and there...



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