I'm over 50 and into mountain biking. Following the threads on this forum, I know that we all ride a variety of bikes and at a variety of standards. I ride a solo mountain bike and I ride a tandem. Admittedly I got a Tandem for the wrong reason, and that was that a fit younger rider could pull me along with their excess energy. As I found out, much to my cost, that does not work. You both have to put in effort to make the damn things work. They are not easy to ride, very unstable initially, and to be honest, can be darnright dangerous. However, trying not to put the rest of you off now, they are incredible fun. All the time they are moving, they are stable, they are fast, they are comfortable and they are a very sociable way of riding.
I have now mastered the damn thing with my co-rider, and I can assure you, if a mountain bike can do it, then so can a mountain Tandem. Only faster, with greater ease and style and with a lot more fun.
My reason for posting this is to ask how many others of you ride Tandems or have tried them? They seem to be the ideal bike for those of us with a worry about riding on their own, and are an ideal way of keeping riding when the body starts to lose a bit of its vigour, and health dictates that it is safer to ride with company. Just face it, unless you really upset your co-rider, you always have someone to ride with or to moan at.