I think I'd like to take a shot at riding a tandem with my wife on the local trail next spring and would like to direct some of my limited Christmas funds to a bike for that purpose. Ebay seems to be flooded with cheap tandems from somewhere in Texas and my local craigslist frequently has older Schwinn tandems for $100 or so. Would I be better off sinking my limited funds into one of the older rides or adding another $150 or so and getting one of the ebay models?
My assumption is the ones on ebay are cheaply made and I'll be reattaching the pedals after riding them around the block while the older bike, while not as shinny or "exciting", is probably bullet proof after a tune up and new tubes/tires.
Any opinions would be appreciated!!