Oldie, just not here!
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Shady Hills, Fl.
Bikes: 2005 Trek T2000 tandem, 2003 Burly Tosa Tandem, 6 singles including 2 fixies
Riding the tandem solo is a "front brake only" affair, and you don't have to worry about an "endo" cause the bike's too long.
(Now for some fun!) A road tandem's rear brake, regardless of design, serves little more function than that of a drag brake anyway. There's simply too much mass in motion for a rear brake to have any significant effect. If you have a really, really strong rear brake, all it does is lock up the rear wheel without adding significantly to the braking force.
Keeping in mind that I'm not one of the "pocket protector people" and can't quote the physics of it, my best guess would be that the front brake on a tandem is some 85% of the stopping power, and the rear brake adds more to symmetry than to actual braking.
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2005 Trek T2000 Tandem, 2003 Burley Tosa Tandem, Pacific Dualie beater tandem, and 6 singles including 2 fixies.
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Last edited by Onegun; 12-21-09 at 06:17 AM.