I'm a new member to the site - thx for lots of good info.
My wife and I are marathon runners and want to get into tandem biking. Before jumping into the $5000+ "real deals", we would like to start with a used, quality, starter bike. I've been looking on-line for approx 8 months. Her and I are both 5'9".
I have found what seems to me to be a decent bike:
Burley Tosa Limited Edition 2004
Front fork: lightweight, chrome, cyclocross fork
Wheels are 40 spoke. Spokes are straight, 14 gauge, stainless steel.
Rims are by Fusion and have machined brake surfaces.
Hubs are unmarked.
Front brakes are full-sized, Avid "V" brakes.
The rear brakes are Tek Pro Mini-V.
The triple crankset is Truvativ Elita.
Front handlebar and stem is Ritchie-X.
Derailleurs are Shimano, 9 speed, Deore XT.
Brake/shift handles are Shimano Ultema.
Aerolite titanium pedals.
So a couple questions....
1) At what price would this bike be a fair deal? A good deal?
2) Are these components quality components?
I realize Burley is no longer making tandems. I hope that won't be an issue.