I've been riding with my boy for 3 years, now. He started in a Burley. Last year, we got an Adams TrailABike. He loved it. I hated the upper-body workout I got from the damn thing wobbling all over god's creation. I pulled him clear across Michigan on that thing. It was fun but exhausting (moreso than doing it with the Burley the year before). I keep hearing people suggest a tandem. I have questions and concerns that I hope someone can help me out with...
My son's a good kid and generally listens. He can't really ride a 2-wheeler, yet. He's fine rolling down hills but hasn't mastered this whole balancing-and-pedaling concept. Will that be a problem with him stoking?
As the captain, I keep reading that I should ride stoker with an experienced captain.. then captain with an experienced stoker. Do I need to get my boy up on a bike with an experienced captain before we set out on our first adventures?
Any recommendations on a bike, itself. I'm on a bit of a budget being a young, single dad. While I'm not looking at some of the $300 "walmart tandems" out there, I certainly don't have $5K for an uber race machine, either. Looking in the 1-1.5K area, most likely. Should I be looking at a kid-specific-stoker bike or do you folks recommend a normal bike with a kid-stoker kit on the back? Can a bike with drop-bars be had in this price range? I'd much prefer a roadie-style than a big, fat, mountain-type tandem. I'd also like the option for fenders and at least rear panniers (i already own the bags). It's awfully hard to make a day of adventuring when you don't have anywhere to put bathing suits, towels, lunch, etc.
I have a Saturn SL1. Little car. How would I transport such a thing? If I didn't pop for a collapsable bike, would I pretty-much have to go with a big ol' roof-rack to move the bike around?
What other suggestions do parents have for doing this with a kid?