Ok so I am that newbie that the other forums will crush with no pitty. If you venture into Road Cycling you may have seen me there...long time roadie, little bit of a MTB rider and fixie commuter. The reason for this post is family cycling...in particular my son. For the last 3 years he has ridden behind daddy on his trailer bike but now he is getting too big for it. I could go to a 24" wheel trailer but he is getting near the suggested weight limit of 80 lbs (he is 50" and ~60 lbs) so I think it might be a waste to go that direction.
But we like our family rides...so what to do?
Tandem of course. But which one?
So I have been eyeing the Co-Motion Periscope for it's adjustibility and I assumed the price was in line with other quality but lower level tandems...then I looked closer and talked to my LBS and it turns out I can get a new Cannondale Street (the 26" tandem Cannondale now sells) for $900 less than the Periscope Scout 26 that I was eyeing up on the net (no Co-Motion dealer in the state of PA according to their site). Now that wont be the total price of the Cannondale because I will need a child stoker kit...but still figure a $700 delta in the prices of the two bikes.
It is a bit of money but not a total deal killer...if the co-motion is the way to go I will go that way. Tandems East who is a Co-Motion and Cannondale dealer said they prefer the Co-Motion (because of margin maybe?) but I figured I would go for some independant advice.
Which way would you go?