Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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The thing that bugs me the most when riding the tandem is all these clowns who remark as you pass, "Hey, the one in back isn't pedaling." (and no, we don't use the mechanism that lets the stoker freewheel) This is probably amusing (questionably) the first time, but after you hear it the umpteenth time by people thinking they are clever, you really feel like getting off and throttling them, or at least just telling them to F* off. Fortunately, my stoker is a very outgoing socially-oriented person who just says, "They're just trying to be friendly." I tend to be just the opposite - cynical, short-tempered, highly competitive, somewhat of a sociopath, and I tend to find certain types of "needling" humor to be downright offensive or insulting.
What do you experienced (socially or tandemly) people use as a rejoinder to this common cliche? The only one I can think of (after long musing), which I will use on the next occasion (sure to come soon), is "That's OK, I'm not steering." Kinda lame, but I've never been good at the quick repartee.
Thanks. - L.