My wife and I are going to buy our first tandem and have decided to get "bent".
There are two bike stores within an hours drive that carry bent tandems - one has in stock a Longbike Duplex '03 model and the other has in stock a Rans Screamer with couplers so they are both about the same price.
I have seen many reviews and good comments on the Rans Screamer but not much on the Longbike. The Rans has the captain with his legs up in the air vs. the Longbike which has the pedals lower. What is the benefit of the Rans layout?
Any help with pros/cons of one over the other would be greatly appreciated - it is a rather large investment.
Oh and for riding, we live near a metro park with a 6+ mile paved loop where most of the riding would take place. I also want to get my son 13, involved and thought the oddness (sorry) of a bent would entice him to try it with us. Down the road, longer trips and events would be what we would like to do, and maybe even a cc tour.