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  • This tandem bicycle features mechanical disc brakes, 21-speed Shimano shifters and an extra low step-thru rear bar to comfortably fit smaller riders.
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Really strong deal on an entry-level tandem bike. (Lowest price ever according to the camels, about $100 less than average.)

The good: It has a surprisingly good aluminum frame. It has an eccentric BB shell, rather than a chain tensioner, a proper - and replaceable - rear derailleur hanger, etc. Thanks to the frame and aluminum parts, it probably weighs at least 10-20 pounds less than any other tandem near this price - as most run "hi-ten" (i.e. pig steel) frames.

The bad: It's a <$400 bike, and the components are the components that come on a <$400 bike. All can be upgraded if you're so inclined. (It's good enough that any standard mtb parts can be used, so for ~$100 you could easily upgrade the shifters, derailleurs, cassette, and cables, and have the bike feel a lot better.) That said - even the seatposts, stems, and handlebars are reasonably alloy units - at this price most tandems spec bargain-basement steel units.

TL: DR - If you have any interest in a tandem, and want to buy a cheap one new, this is it:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/produ...PDKIKX0DER

Full disclosure: I've been building bikes since the 80s and have two tandems in the fleet that cost more than 10x what this one does. That said, I'm still interested and might buy one myself. The stoker position looks quite compact - great for bringing the kids along.
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Both have to pedal together. The stoker (person in back) could take their feet off the pedals while the captain pedals, but on any tandem like this, the two cranksets are mechanically connected via the timing chain, so the pedals move in unison.

(Historically there have existed tandem bikes with a stoker freewheel incorporated, but they're rare and wildly expensive. There's also a crankset you can swap on to achieve the same, but it's similarly rare, and more trouble than it's worth.)

Which means that yes - the two people on the bicycle must get along! It takes a little getting used to, but it's a hoot once you get the hang of it.
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Yup. Your feet are literally chained together. That's one reason why the tandem has been called a relationship accelerator: wherever the relationship's going, it's going to get there faster. :-)

I own a crazy tandem (scales from 2-4 cyclists) for towing my 2 kids (6 and 3) around. If you've never ridden a tandem with your young kids you're missing out.
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This is a fantastic deal on a cheap tandem. The op is accurate in his description. The only thing I would like to add is that free shipping on an item like this makes the deal almost unbelievable because it most likely has to be shipped by truck meaning no fedex or ups. It's too big. I haven't had a package this large shipoed by truck in a while but I would guess it costs well over $100 to ship.
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Great post! Thanks OP!

Not that experienced with these types of bikes, but do both front and back riders have to pedal together, or can the person in front/back hold their pedals still, and the other rider turns the chain and provides the push?
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Great post! Thanks OP!

Not that experienced with these types of bikes, but do both front and back riders have to pedal together, or can the person in front/back hold their pedals still, and the other rider turns the chain and provides the push?
Both have to pedal together. The stoker (person in back) could take their feet off the pedals while the captain pedals, but on any tandem like this, the two cranksets are mechanically connected via the timing chain, so the pedals move in unison.

(Historically there have existed tandem bikes with a stoker freewheel incorporated, but they're rare and wildly expensive. There's also a crankset you can swap on to achieve the same, but it's similarly rare, and more trouble than it's worth.)

Which means that yes - the two people on the bicycle must get along! It takes a little getting used to, but it's a hoot once you get the hang of it.
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This is a fantastic deal on a cheap tandem. The op is accurate in his description. The only thing I would like to add is that free shipping on an item like this makes the deal almost unbelievable because it most likely has to be shipped by truck meaning no fedex or ups. It's too big. I haven't had a package this large shipoed by truck in a while but I would guess it costs well over $100 to ship.
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I haven't had a package this large shipoed by truck in a while but I would guess it costs well over $100 to ship.
amazon doesn't pay $100 to ship anything 40-50 pds. Try about 30% of that.
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Both have to pedal together. The stoker (person in back) could take their feet off the pedals while the captain pedals, but on any tandem like this, the two cranksets are mechanically connected via the timing chain, so the pedals move in unison.

(Historically there have existed tandem bikes with a stoker freewheel incorporated, but they're rare and wildly expensive. There's also a crankset you can swap on to achieve the same, but it's similarly rare, and more trouble than it's worth.)

Which means that yes - the two people on the bicycle must get along! It takes a little getting used to, but it's a hoot once you get the hang of it.
Yup. Your feet are literally chained together. That's one reason why the tandem has been called a relationship accelerator: wherever the relationship's going, it's going to get there faster. :-)

I own a crazy tandem (scales from 2-4 cyclists) for towing my 2 kids (6 and 3) around. If you've never ridden a tandem with your young kids you're missing out.
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amazon doesn't pay $100 to ship anything 40-50 pds. Try about 30% of that.
doesn't mean they can't charge you $100 for shipping. point is, shipping is free and the item is cheap, which rarely ever happens.
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what are the dimensions for this item?
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Both have to pedal together. The stoker (person in back) could take their feet off the pedals while the captain pedals, but on any tandem like this, the two cranksets are mechanically connected via the timing chain, so the pedals move in unison.

(Historically there have existed tandem bikes with a stoker freewheel incorporated, but they're rare and wildly expensive. There's also a crankset you can swap on to achieve the same, but it's similarly rare, and more trouble than it's worth.)

Which means that yes - the two people on the bicycle must get along! It takes a little getting used to, but it's a hoot once you get the hang of it.
There are gears, so someone could do a weedwacker mod, and have a rotating object on the rear tire to propel it? If the bicycle is moving, do the pedals move as well? I would be freaked out going down hill if it did.
Something tells me that the pedals do not move, if no one else is pedaling.
So I guess it would be cool to do an electric or gas mod.
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In my circles they call this "The Divorce Bike"..but seriously, its got mechical disk brakes at least and a Shimano drivetrain so you'll be able to stop and go reliably. As always the biggest downsides are always storing and transporting the things since they are so big and heavy.
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Tandems are awesome. I have one of these from the 1960's. This one has disc brakes, front suspension and more gears over mine.

Is is very important the front rider communicates with the rear rider. Also, the rear rider needs to be alert. I put the bell on the rear and have the rear rider ring it on my command. Front rider's hands stay planted on the front handlebars.
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