We've been looking for a "first time" used tandem for awhile now, and there are two main conciderations for us, both of which are linked. First, my stoker/wife isn't sure she's going to be able to stay with tandeming physically - tho she enjoys riding her MTB on trails at a leisurly pace. Second, because of her uncertainty, I'm concerned about sinking in some big bucks on an activity that may or may not work out.
With this in mind, I've narrowed down our choices to 2 bikes. One is a 1998 Santana Picante in excellent condition that I can have for @ $1750, depending on final transport costs. The other is a Gary Fisher Genesis MTB circa 1980-something, that looks to be in excellent shape and I may be able to get for @ $750. I've attached a couple of pics.
I know the Santana would do us fine but I've been unable to find out much about the Gary Fisher. Is it as good a tandem as their single MTBs are? How does it compare to a Santana? Is the GF "too old"? I'm tempted to get the GF - and spend a lot less on our first bike - but I don't want to buy something that's poor quality or going to end up costing me a bundle to fix/repair. So, anyone know much about a Gary Fisher Genesis?