My wife and I purchased a Rans screamer tandem last November. we have ridden it off and on since then with some time off for the winter. We are continuing to have some difficulties getting comfortable on it and I was seeking some wisdom from those who who have successfully adjusted to the recumbent life.
First - we are used to riding tandems and have ridden thousands of miles on an upright tandem with few issues as far as teamwork etc. We like to ride predominantly road riding in rural/suburban and occaisionaly urban riding with rides in the 20 -40 mile range. We had comfort issues- seats and also for me neck and shoulder pain on longer rides. We also ride in some fairly hilly areas. We had hoped that the recumbent would make this better and allow longer rides.
Our issues are: 1 . Twitchy steering- the bike seems to take a lot of steering input from the captain(me) to hold a really straight line. This makes me reluctant to take one hand off the bike to scratch my neck because it changes the steering- ultimately this is fatiguing . I have reversed the stem to get out of the Hamster position because the bike originally felt claustrophobic . that is better but the steering still seems sensitive.
2. Starting up on a hill. This is a big problem when you need to stop at or near the top of a hill to allow traffic to pass. We can usually do this but there have been some situations where starting has been difficult and then this makes steering worse because of the low speed and effort yo ar putting into getting going.
3. Not feeling the overall lack of comfort that makes us feel that this bike is what we want to go further on. Example this weekend we rode 23 miles on the recumbent and were fairly beat. The next day we rode the same 23 plus and additional 7 or 8 and actually felt better afterwards.
The bike seems to be well built and working well. I look forward to any advice that you all might have to help us go forward with recumbent riding.