Greetings: I am usually over in the "folding bike" forum as I commute on a Giant 1/2way. Last week I met a lovely blind woman and as our first date we rented a tandem from the Central Park Boathouse and managed to complete 2-1/2 laps of the park before calling it a date. I was very upset with the management of the bicycle rental because the tandem's brakes were worn to the clips and stops took 20 feet and with both of us pedalling we could easily overpower the brakes and keep going!!! I can stop my 1/2way in less than 6 feet so I felt completely out of control. The rental outfit refused to admit anything was wrong with the bicycle and tried to 'prove' to me that it could stop adequately by performing stupid rear wheel dragging displays. That being said the date was still a success. I had never ridden a tandem before, she had but had not been out for over 10 years. It would have been heartbreaking for her to have gotten so close and then have to postpone so I kept the speed down and planned stops well in advance. Thing is, in spite of myself I enjoyed the outing. We really got bombing a time or few and I can't complain about the ride quality too much. My questions are this: "W", my date wanted me to announce when I was going to stop pedalling or start and other maneuvers. Mostly I tried but mostly I didn't. I noticed that without my saying anything she was easily able to pick up the fact that I was beginning to pedal and find my cadence without any prompting. So what is correct? Do good teams become attuned to each other and not need verbal communication or should I try and communicate more? Because she cant see at all she wanted me to tell her in which direction we were turning so she could lean in with me. I couldn't really tell a difference in how well we tracked the turns if I announced them. My last question concerns getting a tandem of our own as I have a very strong suspicion that this will not be our last date. The bike rental waived their usual $21.00 and hour rate because of "W"'s disability which probably didn't help in our efforts to have proper service made on the bike. I wonder however if there may not be some other avenue of locating a reasonable quality tandem at a reasonable price. On Craigslist there is only one tandem for sale in the entire Bicycle For Sale category. It looks very similar to the bike we rode in CP but it has been listed over 50 times in all capitals over a period of months and the seller sounds qute a bit stressed. Any advice as to tandem technique and the location of a donor or partial assistance towards the acquisition of a tandem would be very much appreciated. Take care.