Well, we just bought bike no 10 and it's a tandem. A nice ebay purchase 3 year old Viking Saratoga which is entry level but actually seems pretty good. We bought it to take over to France to ride on the cyclepaths and nice road surfaces of Normandy.
Aluminium frame, cable discs (the weak spot). Nicely finished, not too heavy (about 19-20kg) 24 speed Shimano with revoshift.
So far I've swapped the tyres out for 26X1.5 Specialised Nimbus which has made it feel livelier. Added an extra rear brake (Suntour XE self energising canti). I plan to swap to hydraulic disc at front when funds permit.
As I can build my own wheels may swap the rims for 700c at some point with narrower tyres, as the same frame is available with these.
It's good fun but we are still working on our technique. We are both extremely experienced cyclists having toured all over Europe, ride with slightly different cadences - Sandra tends to push a higher gear while I spin. She says she didn't realise how much I changed gear until we got the tandem!
Still working on starting and stopping technique and as such haven't swapped to clipless yet.
On the flat it hammers along - hold 20-24 mph easy on the flat, over all we are running slightly slower than me, slightly faster than Sandra, on singles.
Just looking for advice about starting, stopping techniques, how to synchronise for changing gear etc so will search the past posts.
Also, I do feel a pulsing when we are pressing on, almost an exagerated power stroke. Is that something which will pass as we ride more or should we think about going slightly out of phase?
It's all very exciting and EVERYONE talks to you when you ride a tandem! Great