Time for a change.
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Originally Posted by N7CZinMT
My wife and I have been looking at tandeming for some time now. We both think it would be a blast.
1. She still needs some single handling skills.
2. She is 260lbs and I think we need to reduce her weight before I'll be able to pilot with her in the stoker position.
Any input into these two issues?
On the Handling skills, If she is an accomplished Solo Rider, then she may transfer bad habits to the wrong seat on the tandem to have them. I am a solo rider gone stoker, and I found it very disconcerting not to have control on the bike. I found that I was trying to shift weight on cornering, steering, Stopping pedalling when I wanted to, and many other problems. It took 3 months to get me out of these nasty habits. If she were (Sorry but you haven't given us the stokers name) to start out as a stoker with less bad habits, then there will not be the "Unlearning" curve before the Tandem effect starts to come in.
I am a lightweight, and my usual pilot is 40lbs heavier than me.(He can hit harder than I can) That is why he is the stoker in this team. I act as pilot for two other stokers, one of whom is a great deal heavier than me. I do not find him a problem as he has learnt to sit there and not react to the movement of the tandem. He acts with it, and although we do not do anything radical, we still manage to enjoy our tandem riding.
Another point to remember, or at least it may be a problem, You might not be able to handle the knocks and jolts that come from an offended stoker. A pair of tandem riders should be a team, and as such you both have something to learn. The weight issue is not an issue. Any puppyfat that exists on either of you will disappear quite quickly. If the weight of the stoker is then an issue, then let her pilot occasionally, then you will find out the best way to set up the tandem, and how to ride it.