If this topic already has its own thread I apologize but the 'search' I did was fruitless.
Tell us about how you got started in tandem riding...
• When did you start?
• What made you want to try a bicycle built for two?
• What was your first bike?
• Who was your first stoker?
• Have you been riding tandems continuously since you started or did you ever take a break from them?
• Anything else you want to share about your tandem cycling?
Although since I'm new to this my answers will be a lot less interesting, I'll go first-
When did you start?
My wife and I played around on her boss's 70's era heavy steel tandem road bike a few weeks ago and although it didn't fit us very well, I suppose that was my first tandem experience [at age 24].
What made you want to try a bicycle built for two?
Honestly, because they look cool. I wish I had a deeper or more meaningful answer but I don't. I liked the way they make people smile when they see you ride by. I also felt it would be a way for my wife, who is not as strong a rider as I am, to share cycling.
What was your first tandem bike?
First bike we rode was a heavy steel framed road tandem from the 70's that belonged to Mrs. HandsomeRyan's boss. We recently purchased a 1999 Cignal Melbourne Express as our own first tandem.
Who was your first stoker?
My wife, Mrs. HandsomeRyan. We have been married for a little over two years and she is a pretty good sport about indulging me in things like riding a tandem even though I know she doesn't consider herself a 'cyclist'. I'm trying to get my younger brother to come ride with me but he is hesitant (maybe if I let him be the captain?) and my mom has already told me if I can transport the bike to Knoxville, TN where she lives that she wants to ride it.
Have you been riding tandems continuously since you started or did you ever take a break from them?
I suppose I've been riding them continuously since I started but that only counts for a couple weeks since I first threw a leg over a tandem.
Anything else you want to share about your tandem cycling?
Tandem cycling is as much fun as I hoped it would be. Unlike many folks here who do it for the joy of the ride; I would say my top two sources of enjoyment stemming from my tandem are 1) being able to ride it with my wife and 2) seeing the smiles on the faces of others who see us ride by. To me, a great tandem ride is as simple as pedaling a few miles up the greenway with my wife on a sunny afternoon.