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    AKA the Marrage Counsler

    A little joke the wife tells everyone about Tandem riding. It will get your marrage going in the direction it was heading quicker be it good or bad (AKA the Marrage Counsler) All kidding aside Tandem riding has been a joy for our relationship not to say we have not had a few small arguements or small tiff's on it going down the road. LOL

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    It's a classic, but true line. A well-used tandem is definitely less expensive than spending dollars on a professional counselor. You may not improve things quickly, but one ride might be enough to find the captain's luggage on the front lawn.
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    Doing things together requires , imho, a lot of hard work. We tandem canoed for 25 years before tandem bike, communicating is always hardest for me, my wife not being afraid is hardest for her. We work on it to improve our relationship, it has worked for us!
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    Bill, off topic question: is that a Topeak bike stand holding up those tandems? Do you find it fairly stable? I'm interested in getting one (I like the fact it folds), but some reviewers have commented that it's not all that stable.

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    Ya know, its funny, we have actually tried to imagine any of our "couples friends" as tandem teams and handicapped how they would do.

    If ya wanna share a good laugh with your wife, try that game sometime.

    "Tandem riding: It will get your marriage going in the direction it was heading quicker." I love this line. I would rep ya for it if I could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cajoe View Post
    Bill, off topic question: is that a Topeak bike stand holding up those tandems? Do you find it fairly stable? I'm interested in getting one (I like the fact it folds), but some reviewers have commented that it's not all that stable.

    The stand is called an Ultimate Bicycle Support, Topeak may very well make one like it. The stand is sring loaded and yes it does pretty good but I use two of them on the tandem when storing one on the front and one on the back wheel due to the length of the tandem to be safe and that works pretty good. On a single bike only one is needed for storage. When the pic's were taken one worked fine to hold the tandem on the grass. The one I preffer for the tandem I got at Precision Tandems, it is called a super stand and I only need one stand on the rear to store the Tandem, best Tandem stand I have found yet. See pic below of my Co Motion NorWester Tour touring bike with stand being used. I added a little foam to the uprights that the tire and wheel go through to make all scratch free, got to take care of my baby's..


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    I suppose it is a marriage counselor of sorts. The tandem team concept will be set in concrete very quickly. Whether it's folks who readily take to the two-seaters, or couples who sell their new bikes with less than 100 miles on the clock (because the stoker is a control freak), opinions of tandeming don't take long.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill G View Post
    The stand is called an Ultimate Bicycle Support, Topeak may very well make one like it. The stand is sring loaded and yes it does pretty good but I use two of them on the tandem when storing one on the front and one on the back wheel due to the length of the tandem to be safe and that works pretty good. On a single bike only one is needed for storage. When the pic's were taken one worked fine to hold the tandem on the grass. The one I preffer for the tandem I got at Precision Tandems there's a pic of it on there web page it works great , it is called a super stand and I only need one to store the Tandem. For some reason the web page would not let me post a pic of it, best Tandem stand I have found yet.
    We have the Feedback, VERY similar to the Topeak, and a crank stand that we use at the same time: http://www.precisiontandems.com/cat_...play_stand.jpg .

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    Wouldn't really know about that . . .
    Only been married 57 years and tandeming for 37 years . . .
    Pedal on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Wouldn't really know about that . . .
    Only been married 57 years and tandeming for 37 years . . .
    Pedal on!
    Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
    It's all good, been riding tandem with the wife now going on 12 years, we love it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
    Ya know, its funny, we have actually tried to imagine any of our "couples friends" as tandem teams and handicapped how they would do.

    If ya wanna share a good laugh with your wife, try that game sometime.

    "Tandem riding: It will get your marriage going in the direction it was heading quicker." I love this line. I would rep ya for it if I could.
    We are going to give that game a try sounds like fun...Thanks for the input you gotta love Tandems, I know we do and you can rep us if you like no problem He He !!!!!

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    We had one for about a year and then we got married! Hopefully it doesn't one day get me divorced. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
    "Tandem riding: It will get your marriage going in the direction it was heading quicker." I love this line. I would rep ya for it if I could.
    My stoker and I call it "a relationship accelerator".
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    "Tandem riding: It will get your marriage going in the direction it was heading quicker."

    Heard this since we got a tandem 3 yrs ago and I have no reason to doubt it. Know several couples that tried it and decided it was not for them because it caused conflict and tension. I'm sure glad we enjoy it.
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    As I've said elsewhere, I consider myself blessed as it was ultimately my wife's decision to buy the tandem, and we haven't looked back since! The irony, is, rather than fight about trust/confidence/communication issues, we fight about house-hold issues while on the bike. HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainHaddock View Post
    As I've said elsewhere, I consider myself blessed as it was ultimately my wife's decision to buy the tandem, and we haven't looked back since! The irony, is, rather than fight about trust/confidence/communication issues, we fight about house-hold issues while on the bike. HA!
    You got that right, house issues and everything else on the AKA Marrage Counsler Tandem Machine, most problems esolved by end of ride He He!!!!. I am with with ya I am lucky and we never looked back either.

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