Just wondering if you have experienced either being part of, or ridden with teams that seem to not perform on a tandem as well as you would think they would going by their single bike speed.
Recently my wife and I (we have been tandeming for years) rode with my brother and his friend (who have only ridden together a few times).
Going by their single bike performance I would say that the average of their hill climbing speed (watts/kg) was at least equal to ours and as they are heavier their flat land speed average would be superior.
But when we rode on our tandems we were significantly stronger than them on the hills, and could match them on the flat.
There is obviously something going on here with how the dynamics of the two people work together to power the bike along. I sort of knew this already but had never experienced it.
Anyone know if any science/research has been done on this, and is there any specific training that can be done to improve it?