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Old 04-15-18, 05:22 PM
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First Tandem ride

I used to exercise on the indoor bike 30 minutes every day,have not done so in about 1 year.My son the captain and I went for our first tandem ride yesterday,wow am I out of shape.He did ok,But we are getting helmets for our next trip.Looks like the nice lightweight ones start at 100.Legs hurt today and we only went about 3 miles.I am 57 and he is 31.He hates the drop bars,I have not been the captain yet.
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Old 04-15-18, 07:37 PM
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Good start! You survived your first tandem ride! Your son's first tandem ride, too?
You should visit the BF tandem forum, too: https://www.bikeforums.net/tandem-cycling/
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Old 04-15-18, 07:49 PM
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First steps are the toughest! Keep it up.
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Old 04-15-18, 09:34 PM
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Yes, it should get easier, but fitness aside, riding a tandem with a 31 year old offspring sounds wonderful! ENjoy!
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We did our first rides on a tandem just last year. It is definitely a different experience but a good way for two people to ride together. Keep it up!
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Old 04-17-18, 11:22 AM
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Riding as stoker is the best way there is to increase fitness. Keep at it. Stoker should have clipless pedals or toe clips. A couple of helpful links:

Tips for Riding a Tandem
The Proper Method by Bill McCready, owner of Santana Cycles, Inc.
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Old 04-17-18, 05:35 PM
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Hope you have better luck with the tandem than my wife and I did. We sold our 10-speeds and bought a Gitane tandem the first year we were married. The tandem didn't last the summer, but we'll be married 44 yrs. in May.
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Old 04-17-18, 06:08 PM
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Been riding a tandem since 1983.

In fact, we just got back home from the Alabama Tandem Rally.
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Old 04-17-18, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
Been riding a tandem since 1983.

In fact, we just got back home from the Alabama Tandem Rally.
That's great! Our attempt started and ended in the summer of '74.
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Old 04-18-18, 05:13 AM
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That's great! Our attempt started and ended in the summer of '74.
My wife is an accomplished rider on her own and rides a single, too. We ride the tandem on long organized rides, rallies, and when traveling. We also have a weekly club tandem ride.
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If he does not like the drop bars, I recommend getting the Jones Loop bars. I have them on my tandem and on several of my other bikes.
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