Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes: Univega Via Montega, Nashbar Aluminum frame/105 roadbike
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Sora shifters, Tourney drivetrain and a chain tensioner on the boom tube? That's department store quality stuff. I wouldn't bother with a single bike with those components, and things that are annoying on a single bike (mushy brakes, imprecise shifting) become magnified on a tandem, due to issues such as frame flex, longer cables, and much greater stresses on the frame and drivetrain.
I'd rather have a decent quality 15 year old tandem with bar end shifters for around that price.