I would like buy a tandem so that my wife and I can bike at the same pace. We aren't serious bikers. I bike to work on a 1976 Varsity and she gets around town on a Marin hybrid - but I'd like to do more and she is warming up to the idea.
I took her to the LBS and while she was uneasy on a $2300 Cannondale (I don't remember the model), she enjoyed the ride on a comfort style Schwinn Voyageur Tandem (L/M). I am trying to follow the advice of what I've seen on this forum by looking at used tandems and I'd like some help on figuring a good offering price. In my area I found:
One seller is asking $1500 for a 90's Santana Sovereign. I was sent pictures - the bike doesn't look to have any updated parts, but the seller is including a Yakima tandem rack, a drum brake, a spare wheel set, and a child stoker conversion kit.
Another seller in my area is asking $1400 for a Santana Arriva. This post has pictures. They also are including a Yakima tandem rack.
A third seller in my area has a Raleigh Pursuit tandem bike and is asking $1200.
The Pursuit seems to be asking 2x too much, but I don't know the exact ages of the two Santana bikes. The 'unofficial used tandem guide' doesn't carry out projections for bikes that are over 10 years old.
I'm going to test ride whichever ones I can, but I'd like advice on what would be an appropriate offer. The asking prices seem high for 15-20 year old bikes.