My Wife and I are looking into getting a tandem. I use to ride a lot till about 5 years ago when my work schedule left me no time to ride. (I know, I should of left the job because of that) So two months I started to riding again and fell in love with it all over again. I'm riding about 15 miles a week building back up, and I have been enjoying it very much. So I have a love of cycling and I want to share it with my wife, and she wants to share it with me. She has never really been into cycling, of course she know the basics and that is always a good start. The one thing I do know is that it has to be comfortable or she isn't going to want to go on long rides. Also I am trying to build myself up to riding in the Solvang Century/Half Century ride next year and told her there was a tandem category too, so we may want to try that next year.
So, where do we start? We have different skill levels and different interest levels. I figured I would Captian and she would be the Stroker. I have already learned that the Stroker is Always right. What are some good first steps? And of course we are on a budget so, what would you suggest? Is it better to get a cheap tandem and see if we really like it? Or would getting a better bike make the experience better?