Just noticed this factory closeout. $599.00 tandems for $399.99 from the manufacturer. Upright seating, 26x2.00" ATB tires, cantilever brakes, 21 speed shimano SIS Index shifting, alloy rims, quick release front hub, dual water bottle braze-ons.
I have no knowledge of how much these things weigh or if they are useful for anything beyond a ride on the boardwalk or around the neighborhood, so do your own research first.
It's just that I have read so many requests from tandem wantabees looking for something inexpensive that I thought I would post this as an alternative.
As far as what we did, Hemigirl and I wanted to do more than ride around the neighborhood, so we spent the money for a 2007 Cannondale with disc brakes and put 2K miles on it in the first year.
Worksman bicycles, according to NPR, is the oldest continuous manufacturer of bicycles in the U.S.A. by virtue of making bulletproof industrial grade bicycles. Think factory three wheelers and good humor ice cream trikes (if your old enough to remember!).
The LBS that rented us a tandem in need of service for our first tandem experience -the rear wheel started breaking spokes when we were ten miles from the trailhead -might consider buying one of these to rent out instead!