i have a paraplegic friend who wants to pilot a tandem bike. here are the questions i've come up with so far -
1) will she have to put an excessive amount of pressure on her arms and shoulders? (keeping in mind that she's Very Buff)?
2)should she disconnect the chain between the pilot and stoker chainrings?
3) will she be able to adequately balance without the use of her legs?
my gut response to these concerns is "just do it and see what happens." i think that, with a strong stoker (strong in cycling skills as well as upper and lower body strength), it wouldn't be too hazardous to just ride very slowly for several laps around a flat cul-de-sac to figure out what else needs to be done.
what do people think?