We were out for a Friday evening ride and well
We were out for a Friday evening ride and well
Last edited by Aemmer; 07-31-14 at 10:28 PM.
Yeeouch. Not good.
I just got a tandem (beginner's tank bike, 1979 Schwinn Twinn Sport 10sp), and will have to watch for this. Hopefully I can gain from your (or your stoker's) loss. Please give her my sympathies - I hope those cuts and bruises don't bother her for long.
I guess the good news is, you didn't try to adjust your gloves while doing 30 down that hill.
Recall the t-shirt supposedly worn by some motorcycle rider whose ride had a long seat for a rear-mounted companion? The shirt said on the back, "If you can read this, the b____ fell off!"
Perhaps we can make some like that, with the word "stoker" substituted where appropriate. And with a picture of a tandem on the front, of course, for the uninitiated.
Proof that *proper communication* is key to tandeming (stopped or rolling!).
. . . time to buy her some spring flowers!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
Definitely spring flowers, and also dote on her, refreshing her ice packs, bringing drinks and pain relievers as needed, complement her fitness, and just how lovely those cuts and bruises look on her beautifully toned body.
What Malkin neglected to tell you is that I dropped her on Saturday. We're new to "stoker up." She called a flat on the rear tire. I stopped and turned to my right to look at the tire. The bike tipped to the left with my stoker still clipped in! I am strong enough to make a soft descent, but I still put her on the pavement. The accident bruised my confidence as a captain, but not much else. I fixed the flat and we climbed back on and finished the 52 miles we planned. I hate having dropped my stoker, but I sometimes make mistakes. I'm very lucky that we like riding twogether enough to forgive, forget, and keep pedaling.
2008 Red Co-Motion Speedster Co-pilot (Redster)
2009 Surly LHT (captain's commuter)
2009 Surly Crosscheck (stoker's road bike)
2007 Giant FCR2W (stoker's commuter)
1980's NOS Legnano (stoker's toy)
1970's Stella rebuilt as fixed-gear (captain's toy)
Been there, experienced that.
Communication is key. However, balance is fickle and sometimes you have it, and sometimes it has you.
Another lesson learned for the captain.
Hope your stoker heals quickly.
Could be worse. Threw the chain once under maximum effort and literally shot my wife off the back of the bike in the middle of an intersection.
I too have been dropped off of both sides during our first ride on our new DaVinci tandem. My captain forgot I was there and leaned over to press the button to cross the street...That darn center of gravity! I am getting to old for skinned knees but the fun is worth it! Now that I am beginning to use clipless pedals our communication has been much better. Tandeming is a learning experience in communication...
Not to make light of these zero speed falls either, (because a few *have* caused broken bones), but they always remind me of "The Big Wreck" story in motorcycling lore.
If you're not familiar, that's the story every motorcyclist has to listen to everytime he stops at a burger stand. Invariably some old timer comes out and says, "Yeah, I USED to ride one of those until "The Big Wreck"". So after listening politely for 5 minutes when you really wanted to go get a hamburger, you begin to realize that you've done more damage to both yourself and your motorcycle just trying to kickstart it when you were drunk than this guy did in "The Big Wreck" that made him swear off motorcycles forever!
That, of course, is the biggest difference between someone who buys a bicycle or motorcycle, and someone who is a cyclist or biker! If a single FDGB makes you quit either, perhaps it wasn't for you in the first place!
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I trust her scrapes and bruises, and your bruised confidence, heal quickly
You know the old chestnut tandem joke?
Sweaty single rider on a tandem. Passing car driver shouts "Hey, your other rider's five miles back"
"Thank God, I thought I'd gone deaf"
I wouldn't recommend retailing this story for a couple of years.
Story sharing: In 1991 I was in a severe single bike (no car) accident with many broken bones and some pins added to my foot. The next time I rode a bike was our first tandem in 1999. Our first commercial ride was the following Spring. My captain/husband, Spencer, was mortified when he managed to throw me off. He was afraid I'd NEVER trust him or the tandem again. That was tens of thousands of miles ago. What happened was the front tire had gone off the edge of the road into the softer shoulder and he tried to do what he'd usually do on a single, just jump it back up onto the pavement! YIKES! No warning. He says he looked back and saw me going down, still clipped in. We had to ride to the rest stop 10 more miles and they had to BUY ice to assist with the minor road rash then drove me back to the start while Spencer rode the tandem in alone to the anticipate "you lost someone" comments.
It's a new verse for the Woody Guthrie song!!
dropped my thumb, pick it up, pick it up (x3)
And put it back with my fingers
I dropped my candy, pick it up, pick it up (x3)
And throw it away in the garbage
Pick, pick, pick, pick it up, pick it up (x4)
I dropped my dolly, pick it up, pick it up (x3)
And lay her down in her cradle
I dropped my shoe, pick it up, pick it up (x3)
And put it with my other shoe
I dropped my head, pick it up, pick it up (x3)
And put it back on my shoulders
I dropped my stoker pick'er up pick'er up (x3)
And put her back on the saddle
And buy her some pretty flowers!
Last weekend when we took the tandem out to watch the Red Bull air races, my husband came as close to dropping me and the bike as he ever has. I felt the bike wiggle a lot and saw him unclip his right foot instead of his usual left foot. Luckily he got his foot on the ground quick enough for a good save. He felt terrible and I just giggled under my breath. I don't think I would have been giggling if we had actually hit the ground. With such a small range of balance to keep it upright, I think he does GREAT! I can't imagine having to try and hold up all that weight (110 pds) for any length of time, I remain clipped in. He says the hardest part is when we are stopped at a looooonnnnngggg light and the wind is blowing.
Cats are people too.
Riding along dirt a dirt road on a road tandem, possibly a little faster than we should have been going, just as wheels begin to drift in a sandy patch:
Me: OK, now we're going to just slide on through this and pop out just fine on the other side. The wheels are sliding around a bit but that doesn't mean anything. We still have perfect control of the bike.
Stoker: I'm OK, I trust you.
Me: That's nice but I wasn't talking to you.