Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: western Washington
There have been a number of threads up in the last week or two or three on this topic. You might do some scanning of the forum; usually the first message will have the kernel of the question, and you can see what kinds of ideas come out.
And, various Tandem Club and store websites will have ideas too.
Having said that, I'll start off with a few of the basic replies you will get:
1. A good used tandem will be less expensive than a new one, will give you the opportunity to try the idea of tandeming out, and you can sell it for about what you paid for it -- only the first buyers seem to experience depreciation in tandem-land.
2. After riding that first tandem for a year or so, you'll know if you will be happy with it, or if you can't resist upgrading to a bike like the other tandem riders just got.
3. Craig's List can work, but you will want to know what you're looking for / not looking for, and may need to act quickly, including being able to pay cash on the barrel head and take the bike home that day. [Refer to recent posts about using a bare-bones trunk-mounted bike carrier, with wheels off, for an economical fix on that regard.]
4. eBay can work, but may bring with it issues of shipping, etc.
5. End-of-year closeouts may be an option. You might be fortunate and find a nearby shop, with a tandem that suits/fits you, which they want to move, and you might get a good price from them. It could be a very serviceable bike for you, and you can get some of the benefits of dealer service.
6. Local tandem club, or other tandem club websites, may have listings of bikes for sale. Some of those will have sold months ago ... and just not have been un-listed.
Happy reading of the forums ..