As you all probably know, one of the stokers on our triplet is my 5 year old daughter. My wife and I also have a teenage daughter who absolutely will not be seen near the bike (she is not a cyclist). This got me thinking, I have seen very few 9-18 year old tandem riders. I really hope that Jamie keeps riding with us throughout and really makes cycling part of her lifestyle. Of course this may not happen as kids do have minds of their own.
I love the tandem and would love it if she continued to ride it, however, I wonder if there will come a day when she will insist on being on her own. Right now, she cannot ride her own bike at all (w/o training wheels), and even if she could, she certainly couldn't ride as fast or as long as I. At 10 or so, however, she might be able to. I guess my question is: have any of you successfully transitioned your child stokers into youth stokers, or have you raised solo cyclists?
Of course, I also understand the great importance of accepting my child and her wonderful gifts if she doesn't choose to ride bicycles later on. But as cycling has become so much a part of my life, I was just hoping for some inspirational stories about preteens and teenagers doing things like riding across the country on their tandem, or child-stokers becoming avid cyclists (either competively or recreationally). If Jamie chooses to go solo, I have a feeling I will have some separation anxiety. Although I bet it would be fun to semi-race each other and almost as fun to tour together on singles as it is on the tandem.
Thanks for your stories. I hope that teenager riding isn't a total anomaly!