I was curious what any of you have observed in riding your tandem amidst large groups of bicyclists on some of the organized group rides? Specifically, safety issues dealing with speed, maneuvering and being courteous.
The reason I ask is that we will be riding in the Iowa RAGBRAI in late July and the information booklet they sent to me had a few paragraphs on riding a tandem in this large group ride. The way it was worded made it sound like in previous years on that specific ride, tandem riders (or at least some of them) were not very courteous and this caused the author of the book to say what was said because something was tarnished. Do tandems really "tick off" other cyclists? I have to assume that it must have been some specific riders who were not being courteous, but I don't know.
The basic things mentioned in the booklet for this large group ride said that tandems are like 18 wheel trucks - slower on the climbs which has other cyclists passing you and then struggling to get out of your way as the tandem speeds down the descent. In addition, the booklet mentioned the reality of taking more time to stop, more room to turn and maneuvering issues of a larger wheel based bike.
Just curious what you all have experienced with regard to the reaction from non-tandem riders in large group rides.