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    any recumbent tandem riders out there

    Tried a rans screamer today with my wife. We regularly ride upright tandems. Are considering getting it - any other recumbent riders out there with words of advice. It went pretty well balancing on a recumbent is obviously different and cornering feels akward.

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    We have a TerraTrike tandem. In the past we have had an upright tandem, but have never had an inline recumbent tandem.

    My wife has ridden with me more this year than the last three years combined. She absolutely loves it! Of course, I love it too.

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    After riding a KHS tandem for ten years, we moved to a Screamer this year. I've been riding recumbents for six years and my wife/stoker had never been on one. Reasonably easy transition for us.
    We're glad we made the switch. We've ridden it 600 miles this year and are still learning how best to ride it.
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

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    I tried putting my wife on a tandem, but it didn't work for us. Here's a local couple who had more success: http://www.tandemride.com/
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    We've had a Sun EZ Tandem which we found awkward for us as I didn't like the low BB position after years of a Rans V2. Switched to a Screamer three years ago. Bought a frameset and added components of our choice, including a shortened crankset from Mark Stonich for me (captain), and rapidfire shifters. Also built wheels using Rhynolyte rims for strength. We're in our mid sixties and not worried about being fast, just trying to make things as safe and trouble-free as possible. Also didn't like the "praying-hamster" steering position, which I solved by fitting Rans B-37 handlebars on a reversed stem.
    The handling is "different", and takes a little getting used to, perhaps a little easier for this retired tractor-trailer driver. Sitting right above the front wheel makes it "feel" different for a few miles.
    The communication issues have been interesting. We have days when everything goes great, and those days when we come home sullen, but we have divided responsibilities, I handle the controls, and my wife has the Air-zound, and signals turns. We have agreed which foot we will push off with, how to downshift for stops (keep pedaling woman!), etc. You really have to spell it out for each other until it starts to become intuitive. We're both not afraid to tell the other what we think and when we are pissed, and maybe that helps.
    Good luck.

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    My wife and I are not an experienced tandem pair but enjoyed a nice long Screamer test ride on the roads around Hays. We then tried a Seavo and never looked back at the Screamer. If we were going to invest in a tandem we would first want to test the new Volae Ventures. We are more than happy with our Volae SWB bikes and the Ventures look as if they combine them.
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    I've been considering a RANS tandem for my wife and I. Hoping to try one out one of these days.
    "Obstacles don't like me very much. I make them look bad."

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    My wife and I ride a Double Vision Recumbent Tandem.
    You can see our recent tour here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/8981

    Wife is disabled and the bike meets our needs very well. Even in the hills we averaged 10mph with full tour kit. We usually kick out training rides at 15-17mph. No back, neck, toe, hand, etc issues. Evan after a 77 mile ride, we were refreshed and ready to keep going. On tour however, we try to keep it at less than 60 miles in hilly country.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob/FLA View Post
    My wife and I ride a Double Vision Recumbent Tandem.
    You can see our recent tour here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/8981
    You and Laura are an inspiration.
    George
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