My utility bike has a good back rack, basket, and a trailer. All gets the cargo moving well.
What I'm missing in my life, is a good way to transport the kids. Not the little variety either. I've got tweens and teens. My son needs to carry his electric guitar with him often, as he practices with friends in town. I've never been able to convince him to bike -- "I can't carry my guitar". So, he often gets a ride one way, then either my wife or I (usually me) have to drive to pick him and his guitar up.
While I know there are options (Xtracycle, Big Dummy, etc.), I'm really not able to drop more than say $250 into this endeavor. I'm also not crazy about the idea of modifying my bike with an xtracycle, as I use my bike commuting daily.
Where I'm netting out is looking for a used tandem on CL. This way, I can ride over to pick him up (usually no more than 4 miles away), and he can sit and carry his guitar with him on the back seat.
The last time I rode a tandem, I must have been about 14. And, to my recollection, peddling from the front is less than ideal. Would it drive me crazy driving/peddling this bike on my own? Seems like having two chains decreases efficiency, but I'm not sure how much. I realize this is kind of a dumb question, and that its doable depending on how athletic/energetic one is, but I'm hoping the prospect isn't so laborious it deters me. Anyone ever done this? or, Have an option not so obvious to me?