Yesterday, my fiance and I went out for our first ride of the year on the Vinci... a nice 50 mile ride with about 3500' of climbing. Typical for Northern Cali riding. At least for me. The day before I had ridden practically the same route on my fixie which is my favorite from of single riding by far. Don't ask, it just is.
I couldn't help but think of how much I enjoy riding a tandem with Kathryn. We upgraded from an older Cannondale RT2000 I picked up on Craig's List a year ago to the daVinci in September. Being new to tandem's, our problem was stopping and starting and the ICS on the daVinci answered our dreams in that department. Within a month on getting the daVinci we had put 400 miles on it including a 109 mile ride. She was lucky to put 400 miles on her single in a year. Now, she loves riding with me. That is a very good thing! Another plus in the tandem's corner.
The cold is another detriment for her riding. I do it because I love to ride so I'm out there like the Michelin Man. 40's and 50's and I'm riding with 4-5 layers! Well, I went out a bought her a bunch of cold weather gear so we decided to take it out for a spin yesterday. Since we've committed to riding from SF to LA in June on the AIDS/Lifecycle, we both want to be in shape on the tandem.
All I can say is, we'll have no problem! The IP/OOP issue is a non-issue on the Vinci. Climbing? Non-issue. Standing? Getting better but still needs work. Have I ever had one second of buyers remorse getting the daVinci? Absolutely NOT! Feeling as one? Definitely. The tandem, in our case and I imagine all of yours, is a wonderful piece of equipment that has brought us together. Sorry for the bad pun but it really has.
OK, off of my soapbox.