First of all I am new here and this is my first post and first tandem, so hello everyone. I was hoping to receive some experience through osmosis on this forum. Thanks in advance for all the help. I have read the "proper method" that I found on a website and I got my wife to read it also. It makes perfect sense to me, everything is my fault. Protect yourself which protects your wife, got it now let's go fast.
Burley softride of unknown year "THE LOVE MACHINE". I bought this on my first RAGBRAI this year, it was locked to a post showing the lots on a new housing development somewhere outside Waterloo. I payed 650.00, the guy delivered it to my house in Fort Madison (20 miles south of Burlington IA if you did RAGBRAI 37). Did I do alright at that price? My instinct told me it was a fair price, I also told my wife that so please confirm or burst my bubble. Everything seems to work fine, drum brake equipped, 21 gears, bar end shifters, poorly wrapped bars, few scratches but mechanically sound.
We did the maiden voyage this Sunday, short ride 25 miles with rolling hills. I found out that we run out of gear at about 37mph, is this common and to be expected? Should I just enjoy the free speed and wait until the mph drops to a level where my feet can keep up? I would prefer to be able to pedal through the bottom of rollers when my speed is above that to build or maintain momentum.
It turns out just as I thought, tandem bikes are bada$$. I rolled down hill into town at 46 mph with the brake on, thats a 35 mph hill solo with the tightest tuck I can attain. I am loving this bike, I have no desire to ride by myself as of right now. I want to break the sound barrier, did I mention I love this bike?