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    Off-Road Tandems: Lots of Fun Even When You Crash

    Anatomy of a FDGB (Fall Down Go Boom):
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    Step 1: Have what appears to be a pretty good and uneventful day riding off-road.




    Step 2: Do some "photo shoots" with friends

    Step 3: Spend too much time socializing between loops
    Step 4: Find obstacle that no else is willing to attempt near break spot.
    Step 5: Decide to take it blind instead of pre-walking.
    Step 6: Pick bad line such that tandem is not perpendicular to the obstacle when you enter it.
    Step 7: Attempt steering correction 1/2 way into obstacle... bad idea on a tandem.


    Step 8: Recognize that front wheel is "flopping" and start to bail off the front end (note how easily my right foot releases from the right Speedplay Frog pedal)


    Step 9: Always make the best of a bad situation and laugh once you confirm your stoker is OK and laughing.

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    It's a fact that off-road tandems always crash in slow motion. In the rare instance of a stack, I used to try to convince my wife it was time for a rest stop.

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    Great pics - love the big smiles, especially in the last...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    It's a fact that off-road tandems always crash in slow motion. In the rare instance of a stack, I used to try to convince my wife it was time for a rest stop.
    Uh, well most times it's slow. We have had two really good FAST crashes. Once we endo'd (yeah the stoker is REALLY up there), next time during a race we had the fastest front end wash out while in a left hand corner- first lap out of three. Bloody legs, scraped arms, misc bruises- but we got back on and finished.
    I try to avoid injuring the stoker- she remains fearless and is confident that I try very hard to bring her back in one piece.

    John S & Cathy B
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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarHillGMC
    I try to avoid injuring the stoker- she remains fearless and is confident that I try very hard to bring her back in one piece.

    John S & Cathy B
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    As Stoker on a team that frequently falls off- I have got used to staying on the bike-Holding on to the bars, feet clipped in and not putting a foot or arm out to break, and pulling myself in tight when it goes pear shaped. It may be my slow reactions that means I do not have time to react, but so far my theory has proved right, and even my pilot is fast coming to the same conclusion. Luckily- most falls are at slow speed, but the Fast offs so far have only hurt the pride as they always seem to happen in front of a crowd of spectators.
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