I am researching a possible tandem purchase for myself and wife/8 year old daughter. I haven't cycled since my teens, but see this as an opportunity to get some exercise and quality family time. I am interested social rides and later possible credit card touring. My leaning is towards a lighter, stiffer bike; I am definitely not interested in a `beach cruiser'... I will probably buy used.
I am 5'7" (30" inseam) and my daughter 4'3" (26 inseam). My wife is 5'4" and just giggles when I try to measure her! The Trek standover seems a bit high but a Cannondale M/S might be a good fit. I am hoping that my daughter may just fit without a Stoker kit -(any comments?)
I have seen adverts for new bikes with versions 1,2 and 3 and the price varies considerably. From all that I have read on here I `need' to get a suspension post at the back and I am keen to get a drag brake or disk (I did manage to blow out a tire due to rim heat years ago on a single). I am leaning towards a Cannondale as allegedly its pretty stiff, and is at a price point which I am comfortable with. A Co-motion would be nice but I dont think I want to pay that much (at this stage).
I don't know enough about the different wheels/component packages/etc. to make a value decision on what I want to look for. I have seen the low end version for 1800 new and at this point it might be better than buying used(?)
Looking for any advice or help.
Am in Temecula, CA