Seeing this year's Ride The Rockies route has me fired up to do it on the tandem. The only problem is my wife, also my stoker. After working on her for a week I've managed to change her original answer from "he!! no" to just plain "no", so there's hope!
One of my wife's objections is that we don't have a drum or disc brake on the tandem, just V-brakes. Can we safely ride through Colorado without one? We've had the tandem up to 50mph on straight hills before so we are not afraid of a little speed. I have some mountain riding experience on a single. I would like to avoid the expense and hassle of adding one if possible. Any thoughts/experience?