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    Most fun exchange I've had so far...while riding the tandem home alone from the bike shop, got a comment "where's your passenger?" I turned around, looked behind me with shocked look on my face and exclaimed "Oh my Gawd, she musta fallen off !!!"
    Got a stunned look, then a good laugh.

    We pull a trail-a-bike (with a kid on it) on occasion, and we certainly get alot of waves and smiles, and like some said, the cars give us a bit more room.

    Give me two!
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    The completed sign project.


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    I would change the emphasis: "I know she is not pedaling!"

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    Best one I've heard yet was directed to my stoker/wife: "Don't pass him"

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    That is a good one! I also like the one about tandems being slow. "They are"

    I decided to make a different sign for each day of RAGBRAI since I can't have a sign picking on my stoker everyday. My buddy suggested "I'm working hard, he is not"

    Any other good tandem lines that you guys can think of?

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    I still get a kick out of my stoker's comment that, whatever route I take, she's "right behind me 100%".

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    "Tandems are slow"

    Hi, tandems might be slow, but when some idiot blocks the bike path, [teenager on skateboard Etc.] I just keep pedaling [and ringing my bell] and when they see it's a freight train coming right at them, they move out of my way before getting run over. Anyone else have this problem?
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    We have one small section of trial that connects a parking area to a residential street. It runs about 50 yards through some woods. When we passed a walker wearing head phones (with us ringing bell and saying "on your left") the response was more like a startled jump when I passed followed by a screech of some sort when the stoker followed.

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    "its your turn to Pull" always gets a response from the 1/2 bike followers

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    We get the same comments too. The one that made us feel good was from some people in a tour bus that passed us on the way up to the top of Cadillac Mountain (Acadia National Park, Maine) 1600' of climbing in a little over 3 miles. They came over to us and told us they had never seen anything like us riding up the hill. Had a great trip down the hill too. Got radared by a park ranger for 50 in a 25 zone at the bottom of the hill. He pulled up next to us and told us we were flying. He said it with a smile on his face too.
    What a great day. Any of you that been up CM and around the park, know what I'm talking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by colotandem View Post
    But the best ones are when you pass people on 1/2 bikes on a long climb and they say, "I thought tandems are slow going up hills", to which I have not figured out an appropriate response...
    How about, "Compared to what?"

    ...a subtle way of pointing out to the single-seat rider that you just passed him.
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    For "She's not pedaling" -

    "Who? There's someone on the back?"
    or "She has to, we're chained together."
    or "She'd better be because I'm not."

    We get a lot of little kids saying "WOW, look at that! It's a two bike!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheg View Post
    "Who? There's someone on the back?"
    I love that one! I'll have to use it!
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    "She's not pedaling..."

    We heard this so many time it got old.

    We were doing the PA Governor's Ride one year and a fairly obnoxious single rider kept making comments about "She's not pedaling... I saw her with her feet up... is it hard pulling you both up a hill?" and the like.

    About mid-day at a rest stop somewhere between State College and Altoona (read HILLY), she leaned over and said, "Let's blow this guy's doors off..."

    I was never more pleased.

    We took off like a rocket and never looked back. We pedaled up hills nearly all were walking, and by the 15 mile mark, had 4 singles drafting us so far out front we had to wait for the Police motorcycles to catch up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaultGuru View Post
    ....to the top of Cadillac Mountain (Acadia National Park, Maine) 1600' of climbing in a little over 3 miles. .....Got radared by a park ranger for 50 in a 25 zone at the bottom of the hill. He pulled up next to us and told us we were flying. He said it with a smile on his face too.
    What a great day. Any of you that been up CM and around the park, know what I'm talking about
    We were just there about 3 weeks ago. Had he whole family on a day trip so we did not do the loop on the bike, but we did do Jordan Lake. When we came down CM, I let my oldest (9), ride down. Clocked them at 30-35mph. It was pretty scary because steering was all over the place. Nice blueberry picking up there.

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    While riding a tandem solo for about 25 miles, absolutely everyone I saw felt it necessary to inform me that I had "lost someone."

    Recently a small child exclaimed "That one has two wheels!" (and I was under the impression most of the one rider bikes had two wheels as well. Go figure.)

    Sometimes I like to beat them to it and will comment "Your bike is missing a motor." as we overtake someone.

    When I tell people at work how far I rode, they let me know that it only counts for half, but more likely less than that even, since they know my stoker is doing most of the work.

    My stoker recently has been asked where her brakes are. Apparently thinking that without her own brakes, she will keep on going when I stop.

    Originally my stoker was recorded as having a finishing time on the Eastern Sierra Double Century one minute faster than mine. Possibly an issue with her missing brakes?? This has since been corrected.

    While walking around San Francisco, girlfriend/stoker and I glanced through a jewelry store window. "Holy cow!" I jokingly exclaimed. "You could buy a bicycle for that!"

    "You talked your girlfriend into doing Climb to Kaiser on a tandem???"..."Talk her into it? It was her idea!"

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    I have ridden my tandem solo quite a bit. I really never want to hear "you forgot someone" again. I'm not a real big fan of people yelling at me from cars anyway.

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    'She's not pedalin' comment gets pilot's standard reply:
    'I steer, she pedals!'
    Were at local farmers market last Saturday and tandem was parked but we were wearing a tandem motif jersey when a young fella (early 40s) asked: "Can I ask you-2 a personal question?" Sure . . ."Seen you 2all over this valley riding that tandem, what side of 70 are you on?"
    Told him:"The middle part!" . . . 75/73.
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    My wife is thinking of getting a shirt made with "yes, I am pedalling" emblazoned across the back!

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    When Stoker Malkin and I are out 2gether, we often run into the poor fellow who laments, "I wish I could get my wife (girlfriend, partner, etc.) to ride with me..."

    I think we happy tandem couples are pretty fortunate. And I think we tandem captains with happy stokers are the luckiest cyclists in the universe!

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    I get the "you lost someone" every time I ride the tandem solo. I mean...every time, and usually more than once. It gets SO old.

    I do want to get my wife a jersey that says "Back Seat Driver". That would be pretty funny.

    I think the funniest tandem related comment I ever heard went as follows: I was on a local group ride, which was frequented by a couple of really strong male/male tandem teams that were training for the 540+ mile Race Across Oregon. Early in the ride, they dropped the hammer and just took off like a rocket, and one of the single bike riders in the paceline grumbled loud enough for all to hear "There's nothing WORSE than following a two peckered tandem"

    That comment still cracks me up to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan&JanetTandem View Post
    We were doing the PA Governor's Ride one year and a fairly obnoxious single rider kept making comments about "She's not pedaling... I saw her with her feet up... is it hard pulling you both up a hill?" and the like.
    On the recent "family friendly" Santana San Juan Islands rally, none of the quads thought it was funny when I yelled: "Someone's not pedaling back there" as we passed. My wife also did not find it funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonie View Post
    Most fun exchange I've had so far...while riding the tandem home alone from the bike shop, got a comment "where's your passenger?" I turned around, looked behind me with shocked look on my face and exclaimed "Oh my Gawd, she musta fallen off !!!"
    Got a stunned look, then a good laugh.

    Give me two!
    Mine did "fall off" - we crashed about 5kms from the finish in a 100km ride when the guy in front of us braked for no reason at speed, she got carted off in an ambulance.

    Since the bike would not fit in anything, I put it back together best I could (the handlebars stopped on the top tube leaving a nice dent and the wheel did a full 180 - but stayed true amazingly) and "smiled" all the way to the finish enduring all the "you've lost something" comments (in some pain).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy88 View Post
    Any other good tandem lines that you guys can think of?
    A local team has a sign on the back of their tandem that says: "Bike Pool. One less bike on the road."

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    "She's not Pedalling." "It's not her/my turn."
    I've never had a SOV driver suggest that I'm missing someone, when I'm riding my tandem solo.
    Yes, it's harder to ride a tandem solo; I have to do my own signalling.

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