Hi Fellow Tandem Riders. I'm hoping that there are some MTB tandem riders on this forum.
I've been riding a road tandem for a few years with my wife. We ride about 3000 miles per year. I also ride a good deal on the mountain on a single. I would like to combine my love of mountain biking with my love of tandem riding with my wife.
The challenge is that all the hills around where I live are quite steep with 20%+ grades. I don't know if we'll be able to climb those types of grades on a mountain tandem. I know we can't climb that type of grade on our road tandem (max of about 14% on extended climbs). Of course the MTB gearing will help, although the extra weight won't. I also never see any mtb tandems on the hills around here in South Orange County Calif. Does anyone on this forum ride an MTB and climb these types of hills?
In addition to the climbs my wife is a bit apprehensive about mtb riding. However, she was also very skeptical about road tandeming, but now she wants to ride it every chance we get. In fact it's really pushing out all my trail riding time. I either need to find more time to fit in mtb single riding (not likely) or I need to combine tandeming and mountain bike riding.
Any advice on mtb tandeming would be greatly appreciated.