Hello, I'm a brand new member, hopefully about to purchase my first tandem soon, but I have a question about gearing. The tandem will be for me and my girlfriend - I'm a reasonably strong cyclist, and she's also reasonable, but we both ride compact gearing on our single bikes.
The bike that we are interested in is:
and the big chainring options are 46, 48 and 51. Now, I am inclined to opt for a 51t chainring, but would welcome any advice on whether this is appropriate for a tandem. My fear is that with anything smaller we run the risk of spinning out at relatively low speeds - while I do not expect us to be breaking any landspeed records, to me it makes sense to go for this bigger chainring over the smaller options.
I know that there are about a million variables, so it may be difficult to give advice, but what do you guys think?