My wife and I bought our new tandem in early June and have gone on successively longer rides since then, mostly on weekends. Last Sunday we rode 53 miles, and good lawd, does my behind hurt! I've been on much, much longer rides on other bicycles, and can't figure out why the tandem does this to me.
The bike is sized properly; if anything it's a little small, but since I'm the captain it works better that way. When standing over the top tube, I can support the bike with my legs apart enough that the pedals don't inflict damage.
I thought the original Serfas saddle was reasonably comfortable, until we did our first ride over 30 miles. After that my behind really started to hurt. It felt like riding on the edge of a steel door. I kept changing positions on the saddle but nothing seemed to help.
For our next long trip I ordered a Terry Fly, which is the same saddle I have on my road bike. I've ridden my road bike over 70 miles a few times this year without any significant discomfort. This felt a little better on the tandem, until I got up to 40 miles. Then the same pain came back with a vengeance.
Our tandem a Santana Arriva. I had a longer stem than normal installed, because I have relatively short legs and long torso. Now I'm wondering if I should have gone with a short stem and just sat more upright. One of the problems I've noticed with the tandem is that I can almost never get off the seat, unless we stop. I ride out of the saddle periodically on my road bike, and this must be helping a lot.
I can get out of the saddle on the tandem very briefly, but longer than that and it throws us out of balance. Sometimes, the pain is bad enough that I have to pull our tandem off the road now, and just stand for a few minutes. I've ridden bikes for many thousands of miles, but never with pain like this.
Believe me, I'm not overly sensitive. I ride a mountain bike on rough singletrack and can manage it for a few hours. Even then it isn't the part on the saddle that winds up being sore; usually it's my wrists, leg muscles, and neck that start to get fatigued.
Has anyone dealt with pain like this specific to tandem riding? I'm not ready to trade in for a recumbent tandem yet, but the idea has crossed my mind. I'd like to rule out some more possibilities first, if there are any.