Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: RANS V2, Screamer tandem
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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.