A little history:
I'm a triathlete and my wife is a beach cruiser. We both like biking but had a really hard time going for rides together on separate bikes. We rented tandems a couple times on vacation and REALLY liked it. So much so that we bought a used Raleigh SC AL Tandem last summer. We rode it about 10 times and really enjoyed it until we found out the frame has a crack all the way through the bottom of the front BB. The original owner doesn't have the receipt anymore so there's no warranty. We're not sure if we bought it cracked or if we broke it from a fall. Either way, it's not safe to ride anymore so we're looking for a new tandem.
We're a little weary of buying used after the last experience but I've had good luck with used bikes in the past and I know enough bike maintenance to do a basic tune up. We don't have much money to spend on a tandem so our budget is around $500-$800. I'm 5'10" and my wife is 5'7". I'm more interested in 700c road frames so we can cover more ground with the same effort but it still needs to be comfortable for my wife and she prefers to sit more upright so at the very least I'll need to put on a raised handlebar so she can sit comfortably.
I've been tempted to get a Giordano Viaggio on Amazon with the knowledge that I'd have to do some immediate upgrades before we ride and then make additional upgrades over the years until it's a little more respectable.
I've also been keeping my eye on craig's list and a 1997 Cannondale RT2000 just popped up for $750, which seems like a good deal. It was definitely a better bike than the Viaggio when it was new but it's nearly 20 years old so it may need upgrades of its own.
So I'm looking for advice... should I start with the Viaggio, pick up the RT2000, or hold off for a better CL deal that's also less than $800?
Thanks in advance!