I haven't been riding the tandem much for the past year or more since my son and wife both now enjoy riding their own bikes. But my wife decided that she wants us to ride it this Saturday when the club has a social ride. After pumping up the tires and making a few minor adjustments, I was surprised how well everything seemed to work after the extended hibernation. I convinced my son to hop on and join me for a 10 mile test run. It was funny to see how much seat post was exposed now for him to fit. Two years ago I had to push the seat to its lowest position and it barely fit him. It was also amazing how much more leg power he has now than when we rode the tandem together frequently in 2005. We didn't ride up any major hills, but a few decent inclines were a lot easier than I remember them being before. We managed to get it up to 32 mph on a long flat section and it tracked straight and true. I'm looking forward to riding it with the Mrs. Saturday. Hopefully the boy will want to go for a longer ride after she rides. I also hope she decides it was fun enough to continue riding it with me occasionally. I miss us riding together at my pace.
No new pictures from today, but here is one of me and the boy just before our first 25 mile ride in March 2005.