I suppose this should go in Special Interests but there doesn't seem to be much activity in there! Apologies. I just purchased a second-hand tandem. Very similar to this http://www.tandems.co.uk/products/tandems/pegasus but about 4 years old. From the picture it seems the only substantial difference is mine has front fork suspension and front disc brakes. The bike is in superb condition, in fact my LBS who originally supplied it, called me to tip me off it was up for sale. I'm an experienced cyclist, 60-80 mile rides generally OK, 100 a couple of times a year. My son will be 19 on Saturday, he has Downs Syndrome and at his age is clearly too big for a trailer bike. He can't ride a bike on his own due to balance and awareness probelms. We hired a tandem for a couple of days last summer with great success, and Tom always enjoyed the trailer bike when he was younger. So I have high hopes this will prove to be a good birthday present. I'd really like to hear from experienced tandem riders on how best to learn any special techniques etc. Would also be interested to know of anyone else who has used a tandem for similar purposes. Should mention Tom will be the stoker.