Since I'm hell bent on getting my wife to ride (the CAAD9 didn't work out.. different story) and Charmed mentioned how she started Tandems basically doing nothing but talking on the phone, I thought I'd try one. A woman I work with has one... but it's a freaking recumbent tandem.... meh. And then I realize a bud had one stashed for the past decade in his garage. So I get it (borrow) and ride it alone. Gears are a mess and loose chain. The LBS does a tune up yesterday and we rode it today. I'm pretty clear about the back seat person needs to stay straight. Like a motorcycle rider. I also got it that I need to state my intentions or we are going to get divorced of this hobby soon. Tandems are pretty cool though and if you can get 2 people in sync, it must be awesome.
So here's the problem. I got this weird wobble thing when we pedal. She knows to sit still and she is. When we coast (and I state coast) we are golden. Oh man, tandems have momentum. I couldn't get her above 8mph on her comfort cruiser. Today she saw 20. I asked and she said she was ok but I couldn't see the look on her face. Anyways, back on topic, the only thing I can see is that the pedals are not in sync. Is this critical?
Thanks for any ideas!