Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Picking Perfect Tandem for Both of You

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Picking Perfect Tandem for Both of You

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It's a good thing it takes two to ride a tandem bike because if

you get a pricey one, it can take two wallets to pay for one.

Tandems come in racing, mountain and beach-cruising styles. You

can easily spend $5,000 for custom-made bikes, but a good tandem

should fall in the $600-$1,200 range.

Before you head out to the bike shop, know what sort of riding

you plan on doing. Road bikes with thinner tires and low

handlebars are best for long-distance road rides. Mountain-style

tandems will go off-road. Beach cruisers have the largest tires

and can handle the sand.

The trick when pricing tandem bikes is getting as light a bike

as possible, yet finding one that has a sturdy frame. Strong,

yet light frames are more expensive.

A good way to judge if you're buying a cheaply constructed

tandem is by comparing it to a single bike. If the wheels, front

fork and brakes are similar, stay away. Because a tandem bike

carries from 250-400 pounds, it needs larger front forks, brakes

and tires. …

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