Hopefully you are all getting in lots of fun miles together now that the weather has finally warmed up Me and my stoker just got our 'new' 1992 IronHorse tandem to play with, so far its been tons o'fun. Surprisingly it's not a ton only about 44 Lbs all loaded up. It's a mountain tandem so I'm happy with that weight. Can't afford to drop 4-5 G's right now but this will be our 'starter' tandem and HOPEFULLY one I can eventually get my boyfriend to ride with me. Must be a guy thing??? I'd let him captain, I don't mind stoking too. As for now the tandem is me and my mum. Really thinking the 'Mothership' is a great name but my mum wasn't so amused, lol.
I have a fit question you all may be able to help me with. I am used to riding a road bike for longer distances but now that we have the tandem its a flat bar. Is it kosher to use bar ends on it or is there some reason I shouldn't do that. I just would like to get a different position cuz my hands keep on getting soooooo numb. I have Ergons on it which help; gonna try tipping them up a little more. I shortened the stem which also helped but we like to do longer rides. We are working up to 50 - 60 milers. We did 30 the other day but had to stop several times due to hands and butt issues. I'm wondering if you typically have a fitting done on a tandem or is this something we can work out on our own? I was just curious how most of the teams out there approached this sort of thing?