Tandem Armidale, and it’s parent Exsight Tandems, exist to help those who are unable to ride a bicycle by themselves the opportunity to enjoy cycling on a tandem bicycle. Tandem Armidale is involved in both recreation and competition riding.
Our challenge is that tandem bicycles are expensive. The cost for a person with a visual or other impairment to participate in cycling, even at a basic recreational level, is significantly higher than for an able bodied person.
The most inexpensive single bike from a large retailer comes in just under $100, while the cheapest tandem is available online for around $600 new. These are not good bikes for any kind of long ride, sure they’re fine for a fun ride on the weekend, but that’s about all.
The more serious recreational tandems start from around $1,200 and go over $5,000. As a comparison, a good standard racing bike can be had for $2000. A good racing tandem starts from around $9,000 and can extend beyond $25,000 depending on materials and components chosen.
Even simple components cost hundreds of dollars, as they have to be strong to deal with the forces generated by two pairs of legs, and very few of them are produced compared to the regular bike market. A simple bike chain has to be specifically made for a tandem. Because of the scale and availability there’s very little opportunity to secure sponsorship from manufacturers.
Recently Tandem Armidale has acquired a racing level tandem, bringing the number of bikes here to 3. Each of these require maintenance, insurance and have other expenses. Your support can help keep us riding.
Check out those who’ve already supported us.
We’ve written to groups in our community asking for their support for our project. If you’re part of a community group who can help us, please contact us.
We’re approaching businesses to help us out all the time. In return for your support we’ll feature your logo online and on our jerseys. If you’re a business owner who’s keen to support us, you can take a look at our sponsorship brochure and get in touch.
First up, we have to say a big thanks to Shock Sports for coming on board as our clothing sponsor. They’ll be helping to put together out team jsersey’s and knicks for us. This is the kit we’ll be wearing, and available as rewards in the GoFundMe campaign.
Tandem Armidale is a branch of Exsight Tandems Illawarra Inc, an association incorporated in NSW. Exsight is a charity, and donations are tax deductible (in Australia).
Donations to Tandem Armidale stay in the New England, and similarly if you donate to Exsight directly, your donation will stay in the Illawarra.
We’ve tried to make it easy to donate to us with our donations web app, which will help you set up a Direct Deposit, or one off or regular payments from your Credit Card or via PayPal.
You can also include a button, like the one below on your web site.
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If you donate via Direct Deposit, and require a receipt, please contact us with your details. If you donate regularly via PayPal or otherwise let us know and we’ll send you a receipt totalling all your donations at the end of the financial year, so you can claim it against your income tax.