1995 Burley Duet (blue) vs 1998 Cannondale MT 1000
I'm ready to buy my first used Entry Level Tandem. I have owned a Sun Beach Cruiser and an old Schwinn with MTN bike tires.
I have found two great deals on local Tandems. One is a 1995 Burley Duet (blue) stored indoors and only ridden 150 miles. The other is a 1998 Cannondale MT 1000 (Jade Green) ridden about 500 miles.
I want to be able to do multi-day long distance tours probably with a trailer rather than cargo bags paniers but I also want to keep up with our friends during charity rides and group rides at 18 mph - 22 mph pace. we would do 40 - 80 miles per day on tours and on weekend rides 30 - 50 miles and a good pace.
I love the look of the Burley and wanted a Road Tandem. I also love steel, I have a Benotto . So, I'm in love with the Burley. However, I'm worried about parts for the Burley since they are only making trailers now. The Cannondale has a great reputation and is very versatile. They are also, asking less for the Cannondale than the Burley - $250 If money is not an issue. Which is the better bike? I will be test riding both this weekend.