As I am sure you are all aware comments regarding the stoker not working/free loading etc etc are about the most common ones said by other people (cyclists included). Has anyone given any thought to why this is? What is the mentality (or lack of) behind this?
Is it because the stoker is usually a woman and they are implying they are lazy? Do teams that have a guy on the back get it just as often?
We have been doing this for 20 yrs so are well used to it but it is still a bit annoying.
In contrast during an organized ride a month or so ago another cyclist commented how he could see how hard my wife was working during the ride and this is the first time I can recall getting that compliment.
I guess it is usually out of ignorance and a lame attempt at humour, but I just feel like venting a bit about it!