For years now, Dunkin’ Donuts has been trying to convince us that “America runs on Dunkin’.” But now it looks like they’re trying to make it so that America rides on Dunkin’ as well. Part of an extensive collection of Dunkin’ flavored merch offered up for sale in the Dunkin’Shop, this $500 tandem bicycle stands out as an interesting addition.
Initially, the Dunkin’ tandem made the rounds on the internet for all the wrong reasons. The first image posted to the Dunkin’ Shop showed a bizarre geometry where the stoker’s seat was nearly behind the rear wheel.
However, a very brief search of the internet revealed the exact same tandem configuration in a stock photo from iStockPhoto.com. We’re guessing this was a case of someone being tasked with mocking up a Dunkin’ tandem in Photoshop, who didn’t really know what a tandem is supposed to look like. Either that, or Dunkin’ just played everybody by purposefully selecting a tandem with some wild geometry to get everyone talking about it.
Regardless, the new Dunkin’ tandem page shows a bike that features a hi-tensile strength steel frame in traditional tandem geometry with 26″ wheels and 2.10″ tires. It’s worth pointing out that since the first attempt was clearly just a Photoshop mock up, it’s extremely likely that this one is just a mock up as well. So the actual bicycle may look different than the one shown above. However, the bike pictured above appears to be the 26″ Micargi Sport tandem, which is priced at $489.95 on BikeBerry.com, so it is possible you’ll get this same version.
Claimed weight is 60lbs, though it’s not clear if that is the weight of the full carton, or just the bike. Either way, it’s not all that surprising considering this is an entire tandem bicycle priced at just $500. Even more impressive is that this 81″ x 7″ x 27″ box ships for free.
At $500, this certainly won’t be the world’s greatest tandem, but for a bit of Dunkin’ themed fun with a friend, maybe America really will ride on Dunkin’?