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Tandems. Yes or No?
My wife would like to accompany me this year. I would like that very much. We have been thinking about purchasing a tandem, but I have several reservations about it. Her preference is a recumbent tandem because she liked the seat and the riding position of a Sun that we test drove this summer. Although it was fun to ride, it would not be a choice that I would make because the frame was not very rigid and I am told that it is a poor uphill performer. We would not consider a trike because they are also slow ascending hills.
Although I am not a really fast rider, but I like the long miles and I like to try to make them fast as I can. I cannot find much time to sit still at many of the pass-through towns because I like to keep going. She would like the scenery, but is much more casual about the pace and would probably want to stop more often. Our hope is that we will hit a happy medium where we can go fast enough to satisfy me (especially ascending hills) and she can get the benefit of a more powerful rider up front. We take short rides on our mountain bikes in our neighborhood together that are fun, but I invariably follow them up with longer ones on my road bike because I want the miles. What is your experience for teams where one member is more experienced and the other is not?
I am also concerned about safety due to the longer stopping distance and the wider turning radius of a tandem when so many other riders are around. Is this a tremendous concern for those of you who have experience? I saw many really excellent tandem teams that seemed to be in such complete control, but you can never tell what adventures can arise during the week. Do we need to purchase disc brakes or are regular hand brakes sufficient? Are there other safety concerns that I may not be aware of?
If you can recommend some manufacturers, it would be appreciated. I hear a lot of good things about Rans, but they look to be difficult to find and they are super expensive. I am also curious about the different drivetrains and their synchronization.
Thank you in advance for any insight that you can provide.
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