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Old 08-12-12, 06:03 PM   #1
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Six people, Six wheels

This is becoming a regular thing, it seems. A week ago we did a two-tandem ride with Dallas (photogravity) and Rachel who were in New England for vacation, and I posted a thread about it. Well, on one their rides this week they were stopped by someone who turned out to be half of another tandem team. They planned a ride for today, and Dallas asked if we wanted to join them. So today we rode a bit under 40 miles with Dallas and Rachel and Dan and Chanda, six people on six wheels!

Some of the ride today covered roads we'd taken Dallas and Rachel on last weekend, some were on roads new to us. We got wet for a bit. I thought about naming this thread Six people, Six wheels, Six zillion water molecules. It was humid, and then it rained and made us reconsider the far reaches of the planned loop. Nevertheless we covered some good ground, had a great time, had a nice picnic (the important part), and took some pics.

First photo op, with Hanscom Field behind the camera. L-R: myself, Sharon, Chanda, Dan, Dallas, Rachel. In the background, Peugeot, Trek, Bilenky.



Stopped for lunch at Fern's, Carlisle Center:



Stopping to lend a pump to a cyclist with a flat and no pump:



At the North Bridge, Concord, MA:



Finally, at the end, slightly soggy but happy:

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Old 08-12-12, 06:14 PM   #2
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... darn I was looking for the C&V unicycle convention! That looks like alot of fun, despite the rain.
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We're working on it!
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This is becoming a regular thing, it seems. A week ago we did a two-tandem ride with Dallas (photogravity) and Rachel who were in New England for vacation, and I posted a thread about it. Well, on one their rides this week they were stopped by someone who turned out to be half of another tandem team. They planned a ride for today, and Dallas asked if we wanted to join them. So today we rode a bit under 40 miles with Dallas and Rachel and Dan and Chanda, six people on six wheels!

Some of the ride today covered roads we'd taken Dallas and Rachel on last weekend, some were on roads new to us. We got wet for a bit. I thought about naming this thread Six people, Six wheels, Six zillion water molecules. It was humid, and then it rained and made us reconsider the far reaches of the planned loop. Nevertheless we covered some good ground, had a great time, had a nice picnic (the important part), and took some pics. [snip...]
Jim, if we do this on a regular basis, we can start our own tandem rally. After all, we want people to ride their bikes, and if we can get folks on their tandems that's a good thing, since so many are underutilized. As far as the ride itself, we had a really nice time and enjoyed seeing more of the Boston 'burbs.

As far as this ride is concerned, we were again consistently at the back of the pack with Dan and Chanda, and Jim and Sharon in front of us. It is apparent who the strong riders are once you encounter hills, with Dan and Chanda climbing hills like mountain goats! There is no doubt that Jim and Sharon are very good on the hills too.

In any case, we cannot state enough how much fun we had riding with Jim and Sharon not just once, but two times over the course of our vacation/holiday.
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This is good stuff - thanks for sharing. I would love to find a tandem and hit the road. Your photos make me want to be in New England this time of year.
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hey- maybe by next week there will be the next post- 8 people 8 wheels!

sounds great -you all are lucky to have each other.

I wish my Nelli had a companion who wants to ride with her!
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As far as this ride is concerned, we were again consistently at the back of the pack with Dan and Chanda, and Jim and Sharon in front of us. It is apparent who the strong riders are once you encounter hills, with Dan and Chanda climbing hills like mountain goats!
Yes, Dan and Chanda certainly were strong climbers. They powered up that hill on rt225, and Dan said they didn't notice it. (Yeah, right!)

But Dallas, you and Rachel are pretty good climbers yourself, and pretty quick on the flat stuff too. The main reason you were at the back for so much of the time was that you were following! Dan worked out the route so he was leading, and once we decided to head back as quickly as possible I was leading because I know those roads. You were just along for the ride.
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Yes, Dan and Chanda certainly were strong climbers. They powered up that hill on rt225, and Dan said they didn't notice it. (Yeah, right!)

But Dallas, you and Rachel are pretty good climbers yourself, and pretty quick on the flat stuff too. The main reason you were at the back for so much of the time was that you were following! Dan worked out the route so he was leading, and once we decided to head back as quickly as possible I was leading because I know those roads. You were just along for the ride.
One of these days, we'll be better climbers, but we need more saddle time. Right now because of personal circumstances, we simply don't ride nearly as much as we'd like.

You do make good points about leading and knowing the route. I find that the second time I ride a route, I ride it considerably faster that the first time. We were indeed along for the ride and had a great time.
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