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Your First Ride

Sticker Shock?

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Sticker Shock? While spending $3,500 or more might seem like a lot to a first-time buyer, tandem enthusiasts overwhelmingly agree that buying a competent machine the first time around is a lot smarter than losing money when reselling a lesser tandem that failed to meet your needs. If you don’t have the budget, get a good used tandem instead. A...
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Don’t Get Shortchanged

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Don't Get Shortchanged Because less than one out of every 1,000 bicycles is a tandem, even the cheapest two-seaters are affected by the high cost of limited production—non-robotic welding, special tubing and unusual parts. Further, because tandem owners confirm that your tandem should be at least as good as your best single bike, a good question to ask is how...
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How to Avoid Shopping Mistakes

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How to avoid Shopping Mistakes Because single bikes in a particular price range have virtually identical performance, it’s hard to make a bad choice. Most bicycle shoppers, therefore, have come to rely on such easy-to-judge criteria as componentry, convenience, discount and image. However, because the performance of tandems differs dramatically, we urge you to avoid the following tandem-shopping pitfalls: Componentry...
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Your First Ride

By Important, Your First Ride
Your First Ride Is a test ride necessary? Although we think it makes perfect sense to buy a Santana sight-unseen (based on your dealer’s reputation and our undisputed leadership), we realize many couples will want to try before they buy. Because we want your first tandem ride to be safe, instructive and enjoyable, please don’t rent, borrow from a friend...
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What is Your Size?

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What is Your Size? Captains Because captains support the stoker while starting and stopping, captains must be able to straddle a top tube with a stance wide enough to clear rotating pedals. If the sizing chart indicates compatibility with two sizes, the bar centered to your measurement is generally the best choice. However, if your leg length is not proportional...
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