The wife and I are thinking about getting a tandem (again). We almost got one 2 1/2 years ago but I balked, didn't think my wife would be totally committed to riding it OFTEN. This time I think it's a done deal, she wants it worse than I do . She loves to travel around the country...she really loves the idea of taking off for tandem rallies.
So I'm acutely aware of the fact that there are complaints about people joining the board and asking for opinions and then vaporizing. I'll try not to do that. Been lurking for several months...joined a few weeks ago. I think this is the same site I used to research last time I was in the hunt for bike. Of course, no bike - no reason to hang around and bore everyone. Hopefully we bite this time.
The business - we have around $2000 - $2500 budgeted for the bike. What should we test ride? The bike shop has told us we are an XL - L. We're not real sure if we want a road tandem or mountain tandem. We don't plan any offroad type stuff but there are rough'er' trails around here that would be fun. I was thinking a stockier tandem like the cannondales would be good to put slicks on for the road and then switch to mountain bike type tires for the more gravely trails we have here.
We have a 15 mile loop to test the bikes on so we can eliminate a lot of the variables and concentrate on which bike feels best to us, we just need some recommendations in the price range.
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I'm 6'2", wife 5'11".