Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Bikes: Cannondale T2000 & tandem
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I'm the proud owner of a 1989 Cannondale road tandem, bought used off eBay, and i must say that we've been very pleased with it. We can't see when we would be going off-road, so i liked the idea of the road tandem better than the mountain. Less rolling resistance, but possibly less sturdy components. We've not had any serious problems on it yet, though we've only logged about 300 miles on it so far.
As far as what to look for, i agree with stapfam: Make sure it fits. A great bike that's too big or small will not get used. Also, check for components. I own two cannondales, and i can vouche for their components. They're not high-end, but they don't skimp, either. I've not had any component problems on either my tandem nor my 5000+ mile commuter. If you're looking at a cannondale, you shouldn't have to worry about components for awhile. Keeping to stoker happy is crucial, too. Make sure she gets a gel seat with a shock post, an adjustable stem, a bell on her handlebars, tassles to go on the bar ends, whatever she wants to keep her on the seat. I can put up with a lot more pain than she can, i don't care what they say about men and pain!