Tandem Cycling - Just pulled the trigger on a tandem.
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02-07-10, 12:35 PM
Just bought a KHS tandem. Basically, this bike: http://www.khsbicycles.com/11_sport.htm.
Paid $250.00. Bike is in Excellent shape. Original owner bought it to ride with his wife who is blind but her interest waned early and it's been garage kept for a few years.
Based on the test ride, I have a feeling that the level of communication with the wife is going to have to reach new levels.
02-07-10, 06:53 PM
Enjoy the Tandemania TWOgether!
Proper communication is the key to a good tandem team!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
02-07-10, 09:06 PM
Looks like you got a great deal and its warm enough to ride! Go for it
02-08-10, 04:40 AM
Awesome. Looks pretty similar to my wife and I's Cignal tandem. We've been enjoying the heck out of ours (when the weather permits).
Excellent! Cool beans! :thumb:
02-09-10, 01:47 PM
Like the Grand Pooba of Tandem riding, Zonatandem says, communication is critical. You can try the lousy search function in the forum, but your best bet is to search using Google or Bing. You will get both BF hits and other informative articles, many written by authorities who haunt these hallowed halls. I did quite a bit of searching and reading when we first got our Tandem.
02-09-10, 02:27 PM
The Hobbes list recently had a thread called something like "Thing's Captains say" which illustrated some of the many means of communicating. I wouldn't recommend entering into the fray right now as there is a bit of turmoil, but the archives have a good deal of useful information whether applicable now or just to gain a perspective on the tandem life style.
The most important word in your vocabulary has now become "sorry" which was immediately preceded by failure to use the second most important word, "bump". Words for stopping, starting, cars, signaling, dogs, etc. are all there to be invented or copied. I'm sure MTB tandems have some phrases we roadies have never heard.
A functional tandem for $250! Great deal.
Still enjoying our "starter tandem" 2000 Tandemania Comp (a bit higher up the KHS food chain) after ten years.
As above, communication is key.
If the stoker says you're going too fast on a downhill, then it's time to back off/brake.
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