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2001 daVinci Joint Venture for sale
daVinci's ICS (Independent Coasting System) is part of what makes this tandem fun to ride. The captain and stoker can independently coast or pedal, unlike most tandems. This is a great feature for taking sit breaks, starting, stopping and grabbing a drink, among other benefits.
The daVinci has Campy Chorus shifters with 4 chain rings up front and 9 in the back for 36 gears. The front chain rings are half the size of conventional tandems because of the double rotation free wheel. The combination of 12-, 18-, 24-, 30-tooth driving gears equals 24-, 36-, 48-, 60-tooth chain rings, which makes the best of both worlds, a really low granny gear at 24 and a really high gear at 60. You can learn more about the unique tandem features here. http://www.davincitandems.com/
Pros... I have owned this bike about 2.5 years and have replaced or rebuilt every mechanical component except the rear derailleur, which is in very good condition.
• Front Derailleur
• Rear Cassette
• Chain ring
• All three chains
• Free Wheel
• Left Shifter
• Left & Right Hoods
• Right Shifter
• Bottom Brackets
Cons... The bike has scuffs and dings from the original owner. I purchased some touchup paint, which makes it look better, but you can still see them. There is pretty good ding on the top tube of the stoker and the Joint Venture decals are showing wear, but those can be purchased from daVinci at a very minimal cost. The bike is equipped with White Industries Hubs with the original daVinci rims.
The original owner told me the bike is a medium. Captain's stand over height is about 31 inches and the stokers stand over height is about 29. The pedals are not included, only mounted for demo rides.
We have made so many great memories on this tandem, but now it's time for a new couple to make memories of their own on this daVinci.
To purchase this bike new is about $5500. Here is your chance to own a daVinci Joint Venture for a fraction of the price. Only $1800!
Serial number MR149.
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The TCA cannot guarantee the accuracy or authenticity of any ad placed on this website. Therefore, buyers should be mindful that internet-based transactions — long distance, or in person, have certain inherent risks. Buyers and Sellers are both at risk for theft by fraud and any face-to-face meetings also present risks related to theft as well as personal safety. Please take time to do some research about buying and selling from one of the many articles that you’ll find on line, such as one of these:
http://www.kbb.com/car-advice/articles/protecting-yourself-from-online-fraud/ (it applies to bikes also)
You may also want to think about the following (courtesy of Mark Livingood):
Ideally, most buyers and sellers prefer to find one another in close enough proximity to permit a face-to-face meeting, a physical inspection of the tandem and, of course, a test ride; perhaps even an extended test ride. Fortunately, at least in all my dealings with private sellers, buyers and tandem-specialty dealers or builders, long distance transactions have always been quite pleasant and ended up with no surprises. So, while there is some degree of risk, if you’re willing to trust your “gut” on a long distance transaction neither you nor the other party should end up being any worse for wear if everyone keeps their cards on the table throughout the transaction.
NOTE: A detailed sales contract should be drawn up for all long distance transactions. Language should be included that spells out all provisions regarding who has responsibility for the tandems shipment, under what conditions the buyer may decline to accept the tandem at the time of delivery and who will bear the responsibility for shipping costs. As an example, sales agreements should plainly state if the seller clearly mis-represented the condition or features of the tandem, or it was damaged in route, they bear the burden for a remedy subject to approval by the buyer. If the buyer simply changes their mind for any reason and no longer wants the tandem, they bear the burden for all shipping costs. In some cases, buyers and sellers may want to use a trusted, local bike shop as an agent for receiving and inspecting the tandem to protect their mutual interests.
The use of a third party escrow service may also aid your transaction.