Newbie but oldbie
Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Jose
Bikes: Trek 520, Lemond Victoire, Fisher Sugar 2, Cannondale tandem
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Hey zonatandem, thanks. Yes, I know all the tricks. It's just a long, long descent, that's all. Plus, the rental's not set up like my bikes so there's a little bit of adjusting on the fly.
Anyway, today marked ride #2 of rental #2. Today was mostly flats along Foothill Expwy from Cupertino to Stanford, through the campus to El Camino, up Page Mill to Foothill again, and back. Not as much drama as yesterday's ride but this was planned. We stopped at several coffee/bakery joints, a great sandwich shop in Los Altos, and even indulged in a post-ride Carvel Ice Cream right next to Chain Reaction Bicycles, our starting spot.
Once again, great fun and a safe, relaxed ride in beautiful weather. The Missus was thrilled with the ride and has all but given a green light to buying a tandem.
By now, after just four rides, we've completely and totally settled into a routine. But this was actually the case even during the first ride! Only now, after the fourth, the tandem's odd characteristics -- the flex, the lumbering nature of the ride, the slow responsiveness, the turning radius!! -- all seem 100% natural. I've actually come to enjoy the smooth, cruise ship-like ride.