It started innocently. She began riding on my group leisure rides and I thought it would end there. Two things changed and I have a new tandem in my bike collection.
#1 We bought a women's specific seat. She was very uncomfortable in the stock saddle, so we bought a seat with a cutout. She forgot she had a new seat - it was that great of a ride.
#2 We borrowed a few tandems to test out. We did our first weekend ride -- with MY bike club. We stayed with the fast group. She loved every minute of the ride. She insisted we go shopping for a new tandem that day. BTW - you cannot impulse buy a tandem in Iowa, because we called every bike shop in the east half of the state.
NOW, we own a tandem. She likes the fast club ride on Wednesdays. She would like to make Sunday our tandem ride day. With a road tandem, we can cover 20 miles in an hour or so. That leaves plenty of time to stop and chat, then do another 20 miles. She really wants to go on RAGBRAI now.
I have created a monster!