Originally Posted by StephenH
I'm not sure about modern low-end models, but I've got an old Huffy tandem, and the wheels on it are definitely some heavy-duty wheels- not your normal old bike wheel.
...and some of the current tandems are fitted with wheels, forks, and frames that can easily handle teams weighing 400lbs. So, even if you and your beloved only tip the scales at a combined 290lbs and will be riding across Florida, you'll end up with the same tandem.
So, like I said, what constitutes a wheel that's 'strong enough' will depend upon a lot of things. Mind you, there are lots of teams riding wheels that are over-built for their needs, just as there are some teams riding wheels that may not necessarily be as robust as they should. In the case of the former, the team is carrying a bit more weight and drag than they need... in the case of the latter, poor handling, broken spokes, or a bent axle are all possibilities.
Last edited by TandemGeek; 04-28-08 at 07:50 PM.