I'd be mostly toodling around town or on railtrails--not serious touring or anything like that. What do you suggest?
Based on your stated requirement, I'd suggest spending less and still having a fun ride.
My tandem is a Trek T900 which recently cost me $950.00 new. The frame is plenty stiff, and
the components, though entry level, should serve well for many years of mostly day rides with my wife.
I looked at the Co-Motion periscopes, but with our tandem requirements, I resisted the urge to spend
3 - 4 times as much. A decision I feel was a wise one. The only changes I've made are better tires and saddles,
about $125.00 for the lot at Performance.
For comparison, I still ride an inexpensive 25 year old Cannondale ST 400 ( purchased new in 1985) and with regular
maintenance and replacement parts, it's served me well through thousands of miles of touring, citizen races,
and triatlons / biathlons. That's why I'm confident that the inexpensive Trek tandem will do the same.
If your requirements change dramatically over time, that is the time to upgrade ... Regards, Tom
The 14.5" stoker frame height easily accommodates Rita's 4'11" as well as my 5'9".
Monday at Glenwood Canyon
The old Cannondale ST 400 ... still going strong after all these years... Inexpensive, but not cheap
I ride my TriCross Comp lots more these days, but the Cannondale is still my sentimental favorite.