Quick question regarding starting/stopping techniques when OOP. First, an explanation of our situation:
I'm a 5'2" female captain with slight balance issues, meaning if I'm standing on one foot for longer than 10 seconds I start to feel dizzy. My stoker (and fiance) is a 5'8"-ish blind guy who has amazing balance. Even though I'm short, I'm not exactly "light." And he's pretty freaking skinny. We've been tandeming for a little over a year now, and from what we've read and heard have a different starting/stopping method. Basically, for starting, it's left pedals up, right foot on the ground. Clip in with left foot. He counts off "1, 2, 3, GO!" We both push down, pedal to get clipped in (we use Speedplay Frogs, FWIW), and go about our merry little way. When we stop, I let him know what's going on (obviously important), and have right pedal up, clip out, step down with right feet. He spins the pedals back so that the left is in the correct starting position, and we both stand completely unclipped while I watch traffic or traffic lights to get a sense of when we'll need to start again. Unconventional, yes, but it works for us and keeps me from falling over (which happened quite a bit when we first started riding together).
Now we're looking at trying to ride OOP, to A) see if we like it and B) because from the research he's done it makes it much easier to climb hills, which is important since we live in a hilly area. Our question, though, is how in the world would we keep our current techniques--or some version thereof that we're both comfortable with--and be able to start and stop while OOP. We honestly don't agree with the "correct" method of having the stoker clip in fully while the captain balances, but that's primarily because of our team dynamic, nor with my balance issues, would I feel comfortable holding up the entire thing with him clipped in. Needless to say, any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.