I've never had the chance to ride a tandem but my interest is rising (along with my daughter urging me on)
A couple of things I'm wondering about...why does the stokers seat often come with some sort of suspension? Is it extra rough for some reason or is it because the stoker may not see the bumps coming?
Also, can the stoker sit up erect at times without grasping the bars at all? My daughter and wife have never ridden with road bike drop bars. I'd like to find a nice used unit to test ride but finding one here in the midwest in correct size is unlikely. Nearest lbs have Burley, Trek and Cannondale. The Trek is a little pricey it seems so I might consider one of the Burleys or Cannondales in the $2500 range. Suggestions?
and btw, I'm reluctant to do the ebay thing but that's just me.