Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Well, all new stokers should be informed NOT to try to steer from the back of the tandem under any circumstance; yes, her reaction/steering attempts will definitely affect captain's ability to control that l-o-n-g bike.
Slow motion turn will sometimes get stoker uptight and that will translate into stoker steer. Again, your stoker possible reacted with stoker steer when you suddenly swerved to avoid other cyclist. It is a natural reaction for new stokers to correct things in unexpected situations. When slow turning, stokers feet should lightly pedal stroke to follow captain's pedal pressure. Hopefully, captain has voiced out loud to her what he intends to do!
These things take a bit to get used to but soon she'll trust her captain and things will go smoothly. Good communication is the key to becoming a good tandem team!
Enjoy your Speedster!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem