Hi all! I'm a long time cyclist but new to BikeForums. I just ordered a new tandem, and the forum I usually hang out on doesn't have a tandem section, so I found this one to chat as the wife and I get used to this new form of recreation I ride both road and MTB, racing both and train 200+ miles per week. My wife is nervous about riding around traffic, but enjoys bike paths and easy trails, so for the last few months my 2 recovery rides a week have been on the trail with her. We've rented tandems a couple times and really enjoyed them, so I finally broke down and bought one.
I was hoping to find a bike that could work well on road and light trails, and I prefer road bars & shifters for comfort. I found this bike: Click Here online, and it looks like a pretty good deal to me on paper, but I'd like comments from some experienced tandemers.
Our first public appearance is scheduled for early September for a bike tour of wineries near Paw Paw, MI. Hopefully that will give us time to get comfortable with it. We rented one last month for a day and instantly fell into synch with calling out shifts, bumps, & stops. By the end of the day she was standing to hammer hills. It was a blast, I hope this bike works as smoothly as the comfort rental!