Anecdotal evidence is that tandems are a lot faster down hill, a bit faster or the same on the flat and slower up hill.
Our experience seems to back that up, but it's hard to tell as I'm faster than Mrs MTG on a solo, so I need to estimate if we are going faster or slower than our combined average speed.
Logic would say a tandem should be faster. Twice the power, yet only the same wind & rolling resistance and 1.5 times the weight of a solo.
It doesn't seem to work like that though.
Is there a scientific explanation ?
Is there any evidence of speed difference ? Time Trial, Track or Hill Climb records for example.
I'll have to introduce Mrs MTG to Strava and both ride solo and tandem over the same segments to create our own data