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Found A New Home

Old 12-14-21, 07:21 AM
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Found A New Home

Not my wife but Tank the tandem!! Moving to a smaller place and need the room. It took my wife and me across NC over a week a few years ago so served it’s purpose. It was the first time she’d ever clipped in, the first mile of our ride!!

If I had space I might have kept it for the grandkids.

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Old 12-14-21, 07:57 AM
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I do not know why I keep my tandem!
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I do not know why I keep my tandem!
I do not have any space for one.
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I let my tandem of 30 years go last summer. Hadn’t been ridden for several years after my wife’s knee replacement which went a bit south. Many good times and many long days putting in the miles. Another chapter closed.
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Old 12-17-21, 06:20 AM
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I gave our Santana away when we moved from a house to a condo. My wife gave up cycling for knitting a decade earlier, my kids had moved out, and I was never successful at finding another tandem partner. Now i have a couple grandsons, hmmm.
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Old 12-17-21, 06:59 AM
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I'm not sure tandems are a great idea for older folks. They require more of the captain in bike skills, judgement and reaction time than a single. These do not improve with age. I know a couple of teams who persisted into their senior years and only stopped after the captain wrecked them causing serious injury to the stoker. Being responsible for that would be a load to carry.
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Old 12-17-21, 08:21 AM
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We had an old tandem, I believe it was a 5 speed Schwinn. It had a drum rear brake and weighed a ton. My wife was not that much into it and once we had a second child it went into the basement. It stayed there until we moved to North Carolina in 14. I sold it, more like gave it away, but it was no use to me at the time. Was fun when I could get all of the moving pieces together but now I ride solo.
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Old 12-17-21, 10:07 AM
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We'll be riding our tandem again on this Sunday's group ride, as usual. We keep it down to ~40 miles in winter. Tandeming does require the captain to have a good bit of physical fitness. A couple hours a week in the gym with my wife helps a lot with that as does a few hours a week of hard work on my resistance rollers, my choice for winter riding in the PNW. We did tempo intervals on rollers and trainer yesterday, Thursday, then gym. Should be nice this Sunday, ~40° and sunny. Our legs will have stopped hurting by then.
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I called my wife and m tandem the great equalizer. The difference in our strength and endurance was so marked she refused to ride her single with me. She loved the speed of the tandem especially on downhills. I tried to keep it under 45 on a long downhill from our house. The only place the great equalizer didn’t work was on climbs. I worked by butt off getting us up hills. I know she was giving it her all, but man did I ever get a good workout on hills. She did her first century on our tandem.
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Old 12-26-21, 09:18 PM
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I can’t ever imagine giving up my tandem. My wife and I love riding it together. And now that I have some tween grandkids, I’m trying to get some new “stokers in training”!
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