So, we have had our tandem for about a month and at this point have about 400miles on the bike. We are just getting used to riding as a team and learning and overcoming some individual (bad) riding habits!
Question 1 - Do captains have their area set up similar to their single road bikes? My tandem captain is finding shoulder tension/neck pain/upper back discomfort and fatigue. We keep tweaking his heights and angles however I thought I would ask here to see what other captains have found work best for them. Not much of an issue on the single bike however very noticible early in the ride on the tandem.
Question 2 - We have some thick tires currently on the bike. 700x35! Origianlly we thought it would be a good thing and offer a bit more stability to us as new tandem riders. Now however we are realize a constant additional effort and wonder how much is tire related. On our singles we just ride basic schwalbe tires, nothing fancy. We are not looking to create a go-fast tandem or lighten the bike up by an incredible amount. Typically we tow a buggy with two kids with a combined weight of 58lbs. I was surprised though when we went out the other day without towing the buggy and I did not notice much difference at all. The bike itself just has almost a drag too it! It is steel so we expect additional weight however I did not realize we were expending so much energy to just keep the bike going. The bike itself weighs in at a hefty 57lbs with the pedals and seats included (one of which is a Brooks B17!) So do other tandem riders notice the extra effort just by riding tandem? Is it the bike itself being steel? Would switching our tires create a noticble difference?