My fearless stoker is visiting her brother in St. Louis so I sucked it up and did a 56 mile ride on my Giant Aluminum single. Well, I did move my saddle over from the tandem. Let me say I'm not doing that again. Hadn't ridden that long on the single since last April and I felt every pebble; sure, I accelerated a bit faster and climbing was easier, but only 1/2 the fun. I've got four choices:
1)forbid my Wife to go out of town, 2)find a backup stoker, 3)strap 50 lbs of weight to the back of the tandem in lieu of a stoker or 4) buy a spiffy, cushy carbon or titanium frame (or maybe steel, like our tandem).
I'm opting for 2. If this happens again and I know in advance I'm posting a "help wanted" ad on the clubs elist although I probably should work this problem in advance. How many of you have a backup?
The worst part is there were 4 tandems on this ride and it would have been great to ride with our "kind"