Hi all, been away from this forum for quite some time but thought I'd come back in search for a bit of advice! Having a discussion last week with my girlfriend about what kind of (ultra) low budget holiday she'd be up for the idea of touring round europe on a tandem, this was a very pleasant surprise to me as she doesn't even own a bike at the moment.... I've done a fair amount of touring, both solo and as a pair, both on-road and off-road so familiar with the merits of the kit and practicalities of what to take, but having only ridden a tandem for about 500m this is an area that's new to me! Part of the low budget part of the holiday(s) would be sourcing a cheapish bike, I already have the camping kit and panniers, plus and array of parts that could be used to upgrade whatever bike I end up with, but I have a few questions before I start trawling through eBay and gumtree.... 1) Any bikes/frames worth looking out for? E.g. are there any bikes that often come up good value that would be suitable for a bit of european road touring? I've seen a few dawes galaxys go for about £350 which is pretty much the limit of our bike budget, but also a few unbranded or older tourers go much cheaper which I could upgrade from my parts bin! 2) Braking, being an MTBer, disk brakes are everything, but I imagine with the added load these are going to fade very quickly, what's best for road touring? (Asuming looking at the more budget end of the spectrum) 3) Front panniers, do tandem with front loads handle as badly as road bikes with front panniers? 4) Any bikes/frames to avoid? 5) Any other tandem touring tips for a newbie? Thanks, sorry for the long post but wanted to get it all going before I start my bike search properly!