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Tandem question: Harder to pedal, front or back?(5 posts)

Tandem question: Harder to pedal, front or back?Toad
Sep 28, 2001 9:45 PM
no differenceclub
Sep 29, 2001 6:32 AM
either crank is turning all the bb and hub bearings, and chain links, don't see why there should be any difference
Disagreejtolleson
Sep 29, 2001 11:08 AM
but I guess it depends how you interpret "harder to pedal."

Being the captain is more work. Especially climbing. There is a lot more upper body workout involved, especially if you both come out of the saddle (an acquired but useful skill). While the cranks turn the same, riding up front will fatigue you more.
That kind of question will only cause you trouble.nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 29, 2001 4:54 PM
The reason most people buy tandems is because they have a partner that they want to ride with. A harmonious tandem ride is frequently a precurser to other harmonious activities.

Tandem riders who spend too much time fretting over who did the most work are out of harmony and consequently get less sex.
I can certainly agree with that!Gus Riley
Sep 30, 2001 12:59 PM
>>>> Tandem riders who spend too much time fretting over who did the most work are out of harmony and consequently get less sex.

I harped on my stoker once too often about doing a little more work back there on one ride. I paid later! And learned from my mistake! No better trainer in this world than sex or lack of it! ;)

Now if I perceive a soft pedal, I recognise it as a signal that my stoker is getting tired and I should slow the rocket down before I blow up trying to maintain speed.

It is an interesting question though, which seat is a tougher position? I don't know. But I do know my single takes less effort for me to ride then our tandem.