Join Date: Jul 2002
Bikes: Burley-Paso Doble, Burley Samba (mountain), Biachi Axis, Old Bianchi mt bike
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My wife and I have been riding bikes together for over 20 years. About 12 years ago we tried a tandem. I was really good for us because it removes all of the pressure for the slower rider to keep up. This issue was becoming a reason not to ride. Also my wife (the stoker) really doesn't enjoy the technical aspects of biking. She is quite content to enjoy the ride and let the captain worry about little details like steering, shifting, traffic, potholes etc. It also allows you to have conversations while you ride. I really enjoy it when my wife tells me what's going on in her life and what she's thinking about. It makes the ride all that more enjoyable. If we did not have a tandem we likely would not be riding together at all. So, it works for us.
It sounds like you are not riding now and are considering buying bikes or a tandem to get started in an exercise program. I would highly recommend that you try and find a shop that will rent you a tandem before you buy. We rented one for a week and took it on vacation with us to try it out. Tandeming is not for everyone and you don't want to spend the money unless you really enjoy it. We ended up buying the rental from the shop at a discount.