Join Date: May 2002
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
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I will say this about tandeming: at first it was a "struggle" (I don't mean going uphill here) I mean who does what, when, where and how? Who calls out what, when, where and how? We "argued" (I believe it's also called: getting into fights) over how it should be done, etc. I thought I was explaining something very clearly but, somehow, there were failures to communicate. Sounds familiar?
However, with practice (we bought books on the subject and even took a bike riding clinic offered by the League of American Bicyclists) and teamwork and all the other good things that make life liveable, once you are on the same page, it's the heck of a lot of fun, and I mean it's a blast! For instance, the scenery does not look the same from a tandem as it does from an air-conditioned SUV. The orange groves in bloom do not smell the same from a tandem as they do from an air-conditioned SUV. And so on...
The way we approach it could be summarized by the following: Fun-Fitness-Friends, with SAFETY always #1 (notice: although we try to go as fast as we can most of the time, "speed" is not one of our goals).