I've been riding my road bikes for years and my wife gets jealous of my time. I've offered to get her a road bike, but she does not like the gears .....and she's slow. Real slow.
So, to insure marital bliss, I figured a tandem would be good.....but what if she does not like it?
I found a $200 Tandem on Craig's List........a Miyata DubloCross...more of a "mountain" type than a road one, perfect for level bike trails.
And yes, it was in ROUGH shape. So far I have replaced the chains, rear deraileur, brakes, tires, all the cables, & seats. The bike was not used for many years, but it was strored under a tarp in someone's backyard.
It will be another week or so before I get it in ridable shape - but the frame & wheels were in good shape so I figured it was worth the $200.
So far I have about $400 into it, between the original cost and the associated parts.