(Edit: This is an OLD THREAD, answers to this original question not needed, update at the end.)
Okay, stupid question maybe, but I'm socially challenged, so I'll ask anyway. In the local randonneuring group, there's already several tandem couples. And it seems to me that would be lots of fun and have various performance advantages as well. The problem is, my wife doesn't ride a bike and isn't interested in starting. And meanwhile, I know several women in the group that I get along with fine, although there's not any special relationship, either (and, some are married, some not). So the question: If I ask one of those ladies if she's interested in riding a tandem with me, how does that come across? Is that like asking her out on a date and she's gonna slap me or be forever offended? Or is that a perfectly reasonable question to ask a lady that you don't necessarily know all that well? (And just to clarify, I don't have the tandem in question, and this would need to be a continuing thing to make it worthwhile to get one, so it's not a one-ride question. The rides in question would generally be 200k or longer.) Any thoughts?