dangerous with tools
Join Date: Aug 2004
Bikes: fat, long, single & fast
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What we did was rent and demo a variety of bikes to see if we enjoyed the tandem experience. Our first ride did not go well; my girlfriend is an avid cyclist & was unaccustomed to not being in control. Thats still the case, come to think of it. However, with research & communication we've been addressing the issue. By doing online research (i.e. this forum, TandemLink, Sheldon Brown, etc) and acquiring a book we've learned a lot about technique and, more importantly, the appropriate approach.
With subsequent demos & rentals, we were able to narrow down the kind of bike to look for & figure out what size we needed. Then we started looking & found a good deal on a used cannondale (road) thats working well for us so far. We found ours by posting a 'wanted' ad on one of the tandem sites & a seller found us. All similar bikes we've seen on ebay have gone for much more than we paid. Maybe we got lucky.