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    First Ride Back

    A few months ago, a car hit me sending me into the Trauma Unit. This was my first ride back on a tandem and it felt strange. It was like being with an old friend, that you haven't seen in a long time. Man, did I miss riding. Has anyone else had a long time off the bike and if so, what did you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
    A few months ago, a car hit me sending me into the Trauma Unit. This was my first ride back on a tandem and it felt strange. It was like being with an old friend, that you haven't seen in a long time. Man, did I miss riding. Has anyone else had a long time off the bike and if so, what did you think?
    We had a 5 year period of not being able to our ride tandem due to stoker leg issues (including multiple surgeries and rehab by some of the best Drs in the country). Eventually we figured out it was the wide 160mm rear and matching cranks causing the issues. Getting back on a proper fitting tandem (cranks no wider than stoker's single) solved the issue. Result was pure elation for both of us. Riding singles together is frequently a real test of our activity compatibility. Riding tandem is very much the opposite... sweet!

    Glad to hear you made it back to the sunny side too

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    That is how I feel riding my single again after several sessions on the tandem

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    About a decade ago, my wife developed a mysterious neuropathy, since diagnosed as resulting from celiac's disease and dealt with, so I was consigned to half-bike riding. I had gotten myself into what I considered to be very good shape, averaging about 20 mph over moderately hilly terrain on a 100-mile round-trip commute three days a week. Then one fine day I had a little accident while coaching my son's soccer team. While I recovered from surgery, I was off the bike for three months.

    Getting back on was slightly unpleasant for me. The first few weeks I was so slow and weak I had trouble finding the joy. Thank goodness my wife kept my food intake low so I didn't balloon up in weight during my lay off. Eventually, I got my strength back and riding was fun again. Better still, we solved my wife's issues and we have been back on the tandems for a number of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrooom3440 View Post
    That is how I feel riding my single again after several sessions on the tandem
    I still ride my single something like 80-90% of the time for training and racing. Jumping on the tandem affords the opportunity to workout as hard as I want... stoker just rides at whatever level she wants. Regardless of whether or not we "zone out" during a harder tandem ride, the time together still negates doing a lonely solo, or worse yet, a testy attempt at staying together on singles.

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