Want to get a cheapish tandem £700ish I guess, as the wife fancies the idea and frankly I reckon it would be a good crack! Can any one point me in the direction of some tandem related sites? Google proved fruitless apart from tandemclub.org which is pretty unhelpful on where to buy, any info. gratefully received!Posted 8 years agotandemwarriorsMember
Amos, where abouts are you? Definately recommend a test ride before you part with serious amounts of cash.
If in Scotland there's us and a few other tandem teams up here who am sure will let you have a go.
If you can get to Ilkley then JD Cycles mentioned above are the dogs danglys and have a range of demo bikes.
For an MTB tandem specific forum, have a look here..
or any other questions just post 'em up & TJ, SSS or myself will be along with (hopefully) useful advice!
RobPosted 8 years agobobloMember
Do you mean off or on road? I can't think of anything I'd like to do less than off roading with Mrs Boblo…
SJS have s/h tandems in. Might be worth trying one of these first? If you get in to it, you can then trade up.
I went in via this route. Bought a s/h Dawes Horizon Twin from SJS for £500 then a couple of years later went for the made to measure George Longstaff. £££'s though.
We're really into it now. Just got back from French Channel to Med (Caen to Montpellier). Long distance touring is our 'thing'.Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
Definitely try before you buy. £700 is right at the bottom of the range even secondhand. Dawes double edge probably your best bet – a rigid one went for £650 on e bay recently.
Secondhand tandems are fairly rare on tho market but do appear.
Try one first then decide how much you want to spend. Some couples get on really well with them – some want to kill after a few minutesPosted 8 years ago
Thankyou STW massive again some great advice, I'm based near Reading so a little too far I'm afraid Rob. Should just clarify I'm after a basic tandem as there'll be no gnarly sick radness from Mrs Amos that's for sure and I was planning on strapping Baby Amos to it. My wife has a cycle to work scheme, think we may and try to take this piss and maybe use that! Not that the scheme will allow tandem purchase will be interesting trying though.
Cheers MatPosted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
My wife has a cycle to work scheme, think we may and try to take this piss and maybe use that! Not that the scheme will allow tandem purchase will be interesting trying though.
Is it specifically in the rules that you can't? Don't really see why not – where mrs aracer now works we could certainly ride a tandem to work (I go within 100m of where she works if I ride in), were it not that we've not even ridden the tandem once since she's worked there, and it wouldn't work with our childcare arrangements.Posted 8 years agothekingofswedenSubscriber
Dont be fooled by cheap tandems it could put you off.
Our first old school steel dawes was ok and pretty cheap for seeing if its your thing but it did feel like it had a hinge down the middle !!!!however we used it for two years then sold it for what we paid for it. might be better to buy say a dawes then if you dont like it it shouldn,t be too difficult to sell it on
You know that eventually you will want to go offroad 😀 so having something to trade on has got to be a good thingPosted 8 years ago
Years ago I rode an ancient then tandem, 1 gear, hub brake plus a front calliper one, steel frame, 26" wheels with some very basic tyres. I rode it on and off road, often with a mate and loads of luggage, it was fine. When it snapped I had it re-welded.Posted 8 years ago
Dawes have made tandems for yonks, had I had enough storage space I would've bought one a long time ago.
Not entirely sure which route to go down, called halfords cycle scheme regards a tandem and the girl said that there's not anything preventing getting one but need to really work at the same place and suggested calling the local tax office and ask whether they'd be happy to let some one have a tandem tax free if they can prove they worked near one another (bit of bullshit should cover that 😉 not that I'd encourage this kind of behaviour :D) Let you know what happensPosted 8 years agomick_rSubscriber
We have a Cannondale MT900 that is currently up for sale – not been used much and well within your price range (was thinking about £550 ish) and a quality / very stiff frame so a good starting point. Some friends are trying it at weekend but they may decide its not for them so could be up for grabs. Have you got an email I can send a spec sheet to?
MickPosted 8 years agohazeiiMember
Amos – Southwater cycles (so not terribly far from Reading) have (and sell) Dawes tandems for hire; you can ride from there along the (very gentle offroad, old railway line) Downs link which runs from Guildford to Shoreham) or on-road. Never tried one, but see them in the shop there when I drop in. If you go, let me know what you think! (might give it a go with GF).Posted 8 years ago
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