My wife and I just picked up an $80 tandem from a friend. After about 60 seconds we realized it wasn't going to work for us. (My wife is 5'9" and her knees hit the stoker's handlebars.) We had hoped we would be able to use this tandem for a couple of months before we figured out what we wanted out of a tandem. (Neither one of us is a cyclist but we are looking for a pastime we can enjoy together and get in better shape. So we are complete tandem newbies.)
We have found a very helpful local bike shop (I assume that is what the LBS I see in other posts means ) the owner and a number of other folks that work there ride tandems. We are going to buy a Trek T900. (OK, don't fall off your tandem laughing.) We really believe this bike will be sufficient for our low end entertainment/exercise for a few years. It fits us, and is within our budget.
After all that, the real question we have is: What is the "best" rack for a tandem and two singles (the kids bikes) to transport to and from rides, and bike paths. We are looking at Thule roof rack for our Ford Windstar, or a Draftmaster. We would appreciate your opinions and experiences as to what would be best cost-wise and convenience-wise.
Thank you in advance for sharing your years of experience with us.
Ron and Meg