On Saturday we picked up a tandem!!
It's only borrowed ... a fellow Audax Australia member has loaned it to us for a month or so to give us a chance to try it out. We've been talking about renting one for some time. Then a couple weeks ago we were in at Abbotsford Cycles, chatting to the owner (the fellow Audax Australia member) about my challenges and difficulties with cycling these days (see the Starting Over thread in Long Distance http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Starting-Over) ... when all of a sudden he offered us the tandem!! We took him up on it and picked it up yesterday.
Both Rowan and I have ridden tandems in the past... in fact we've both owned tandems before. But it has been a long time since either of us has ridden one, and we had not ridden one together before.
So today ... Rowan and I did a 30.8 km ride on the tandem. It went really well ... better than expected. We took about 3 tries to sort out the starting technique but then got something that works, and kept practicing that. We seem quite compatable and comfortable with each other on the tandem ... and the ride was a lot of fun!
Photos of the tandem (and a couple of me on my "new" town bicycle) ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...detail/?page=4
Now we're thinking about buying one!! We were talking and think we might want something that can be taken apart for easier transportation ... and something for touring purposes, not racing.