me again I am afraid.
I have been hunting in ebay for some tandems have reached a bit of a dilema. I am planningo n buying a low end tandem that will mainly be used for short pleasure rides shopping trips e.t.c with my girlfriend. There are two on ebay both comming from diffrent angles.
One is a new cheap tandem hi ten steal
it has a eccentric bottom braket front disk (all be it a cheap looking one) rear v brake, cheap drive chain, 21 gears. These are listed reguarly.
The other is this
This too has a eccentric bottom braket, 18 gears, a drag brake and some old looking cants, includes a tandem roof rack attachment. It is a Peugot which makes me nervous about the rear bottom braket being french, I know when needed I could get it retapped to Italian though. I have no idea about the tube set on the frame. Now I have asked the seller some questions about the bike. It has steel rims which sems to be the biigest problem. I build my own wheels so I could replace the rims (which would no dout be better than the ones on the first tandem) for about 60 - 70 gbp including spokes then replace the cants with vbrakes. This would give me approximatly equal specked brakes. I would also do a compleat rebuild to clean / regreace everything but would not be replacing anything much more than grips and any cables which need it. Assuming I can get this Peugot for a reasnoble price this would come in for slightly more than the new bike, but not so much that it would be worth getting upset about.
My question boils down to which would you prefere? The new cheap tandem stock or the upgraded and refurbed old tandem? Also which one do you think would hold it's value best? Should we find we can't stand tandeming or find we love it so much and want save up and upgrade to a better one.