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Classifieds / WTB: Co-Motion Nor'wester S&S frame/bike in 51-54 size
« on: October 16, 2009, 11:58:54 pm »
It's a long shot, but if anyone is looking to sell their Co-Motion Co-Pilot (S&S) Nor'wester in a size between 50-54cm please let me know. Will consider complete bike or frame only. Also interested in a Bilenky Tourlite with S&S. Thanks!

Classifieds / WTB: Beckman tandem panniers
« on: September 28, 2009, 03:18:40 pm »
I'm looking for a used set of Robert Beckman tandem-sized panniers. Prefer front and rear set. Racks, too, if you have 'em. Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: Train travel with a tandem
« on: September 28, 2009, 02:36:40 pm »
I've shipped three high-end tandems (two Santanas and a Co-Motion) across the country using AMTRAK and it's always worked out well. I use two of their boxes, slid together. Turn the handlebars and remove the pedals and you are good to go. As others have noted, you can only use stations with manned (or womaned!) baggage service. Not all stations have this. I shipped my tandems unaccompanied (i.e., as freight), so I can't comment on traveling with the tandem. But I imagine it would be just as easy. From Philadelphia to LA, it cost me around $130 to ship the tandem, which included insurance for $2500, the boxes, and the shipping fee. Pretty reasonable for a tandem. And, it got there in just a few days.

General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: September 28, 2009, 02:18:23 pm »
From my perspective, good touring bikes hold their value better than your normal bike. This is mainly due to the scarcity of finding them used (or new, for that matter). One suggestion would be to look on Ebay, Craiglist, etc., and find a used one that you could buy before arrival. Have it shipped to your friend's house, and then have them ship it to you on the East Coast when you arrive. Allow a day or two when you arrive to get it set up to your liking, tuned up, etc. (or have your friend do it for you before sending it on). Then, resell it when you finish and you'll likely recoup nearly 100% of your money.

Another option is to buy a touring bike from a store like REI ( that offers an unconditional return policy. Buy it on the East Coast, return it in California. Not the best karma in my opinion, but it's an option (and I know someone who did it... not me!). REI does have some decently priced touring bikes, too, so I'd consider them in any event. Plus, they have stores across the country, which makes for good customer service when touring.

No matter what you do, I think you'd have a good chance of selling your bike at the end of the trip, given that you have a month to wait around for a buyer.

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