I'm new to this forum, normally I hang in the touring forum. I need some tandem advice.
My wife has never learned how to cycle despite several adult learn-to-bike classes. Almost 30 years ago I bought a tandem so we could ride together. Normally I tour solo, but Sunday afternoon jaunts on the tandem with my wife have been fun.
We are now nearing retirement and talking about some alternatives. One was trying some tandem touring. Here lies the problem: Our heavy, 3 decade old 3-speed CCM just won't cut it. If we were going to tour we would need a new bike. The bike cost $600 when new. That was quite a bit of money for me back then. For a reasonable touring tandem how much might I expect to pay. Please indicate if prices are in$US.
Also, I just pop my touring bike in a plastic bag at the airport and fly. When I arrive I tear off the plastic and ride. Are there any extra hassles taking a tandem on a plane? Will I absolutely need a box. (I don't want a box--been there, done that, moved on).
The third question has to do with hills: I'm a fairly confident climber on my own 21 speed. The 3 speed tandem is just terrible on even the slightest grade. I also suspect my partner is not pushing as hard as I am. Is this an issue on a good touring tandem?