I've been thinking long and hard, and I think the first bike I should buy is a tandem. My other option would be a Super Sport to replace Zoomie (my Schwinn Gateway from Target). But, since Zoomie is technically working fine, the tandem seems like the better purchase.
My mom and dad are both getting very excited about the bike trip we have planned- my first tour, from my house to theirs- roughly 120 miles I think. They want to come with me, and we figure a tandem would the ideal vehicle for that (and individual bikes for everyone else of course). Plus, I've just always wanted a bicycle built for two- I am a twin myself after all!
So far as I know, Schwinn only offers the Twinn for a tandem, or a Paramount version that I'm not going to hold my breath for. They came in single speed, 5-speed (Deluxe) and 10-speed (Sport), I think. (Non-Schwinn tandems are ok too I guess, if the price is right, but of course Schwinn has earned a special place in my heart.)
I want one! I'm pretty sure I'd prefer a Deluxe or Sport version with gears.
I want one that is rideable, or nearly so. It shouldn't take a mint for me to be able to hop on it and go. It does not have to be prefect. I repeat, it does NOT have to be perfect. I don't even care if it's all original.
My leg inseam, and my husband's, is 28 inches.
As for price, it has to be low. At this moment, I have $30 in the bike fund, plus a simple diamond ring. I'll have another $100 at the end of the month.
I missed a chance to trade the ring for a single-speed tandem where the guy was asking $200. I would guess the ring would be worth $150 if you were to try and purchase one similar (I searched Amazon to compare).
To further complicate matters- I cannot travel! I can perhaps arrange for my parents to pick up a bike, but that may take a while and depends on their schedules. I live 2 hours from them- I am in Longmont, CO and they are in Colorado Springs.
If you have a tandem, or find one for sale within my means, please let me know! I'm also scouring craigslist in my area, but I admit I wear glasses for a reason and its easy for me to miss something.