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Tandem Bicycles

On this page: 54cm x 48cm Rodriguez Tandem | 53.5cm x 47 cm Burley Samba Tandem

A well-designed and well-made tandem is a joy to ride. And making a good tandem isn't simple. It requires both art and science to make a bike that is both comfortable and yet stiff enough to withstand the force and weight of two riders on two wheels. The two tandems we have for sale are from builders with extensive experience in creating bicycles built for two. Both have well-earned reputation for making excellent tandems.

Rodriguez Tandem, fillet brazed. Used, with new wheels, $3,000
54cm front x 48cm stoker. The captain's top tube is 54cm

Rodriguez is an American company that builds it highly regarded frames in Seattle, Washington.

This tandem has a "double-mitered" stiffener tube. This matters. A lot. The long central tube going from the center of the head tube down to the stocker's bottom bracket is a "stiffener tube". Usually this is brazed to the stoker's seat tube. Our Rodriguez has the stiffener mitered and brazed to both the bottom cross tube (keel or boom tube) and the seat tube. It is much more time-consuming to built a tandem this way but it has a big payoff. The frame's overall torsional stiffness is improved making the bike a better riding, more stable machine.

But wait! There's more! This increased stiffness allows the builder to lengthen the stoker's top tube, making for a far more comfortable cockpit for the back rider.

This is a wonderfully equipped bike:


Rodriguez tandem

This is a beautiful example of the framebuilder's art of lugless fillet brazing.

Rodriguez tandem

Front view

Rodriguez frame center

Center portion of frame. Lots of water bottle braze-ons.

Rodriguez tandem

View from the other side. The stiffener tube's double-miter to the seat and keel tube can be seen here.

Rear triangle

The business end of the drive train. Wide range gears are a must on a tandem. Clearly, they are here on this bike.

Rodriguez tandem

Rear view. The shock-absorbing stoker's post makes for a comfier ride.

Burley "Samba" tandem. Used, $1,500.00
Our Burley Samba is 53.5cm (21 inch) front x 47cm (18.5 inch) stoker. The captain’s top tube is 58cm.

Burley is an Oregon company that became famous making children's bike trailers. The firm expanded into bicycles, tandems, recumbents. In 2006 Burley changed hands, converting from a worker-owned cooperative to a private corporation. At that point Burley stopped making bicycles, including tandems.

Burley "Samba" specs:

Burley Tandem

Comfortable saddle and handlebar set-up

Burley tandem

View of the front and the Avid "V" brakeset. The Cross Bite tires are original and they still look like new.

Burley tandem

The controls: Ritchey Force bars with Grip-shift gear changers and Avid brake levers.

Burley Forks

The forks: made with proprietary True-Temper fork blades.

Burley tandem rear view

Rear view

Burley tandem

Close-up of the drive train showing how little wear the bike has.

Burley tandem

The left side cranks

Front cranks

Front crank, showing the high-quality TIG welds. Also note the pump peg.