My wife and I only returned to cycling last August and started tandeming about 5 weeks ago. Today marked our first group ride "dominated" by tandems. This was a leisurely 32 mile ride preceded by a club pancake breakfast and punctuated by a long stop at Peet's for coffee. This is the first ride I recall where I didn't look at at my heart monitor once, didn't look at the mileage and only looked at cadence to keep from over-spinning my trusty stoker. Even though there were some singles along (maybe 6 tandems and 6 singles), we didn't have the usual mini-pack of singles at the bottom of a grade killing our momentum prior to a short climb. Made some new friends and explored San Francisco peninsula neighborhoods featuring bike lanes and almost no traffic. This was a great start to our 4th of July! Hope you all did also.
The Grizzly Peak Cyclists are having a 52 mile tandem rally in Sonoma (North of San Francisco) on July 25th which should be a good deal of fun and another opportunity to ride with like kind.