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Grandma and Grandpa out for a Sunday ride

Old 08-19-12, 09:13 PM
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Grandma and Grandpa out for a Sunday ride

Well, actually, it was a Tuesday night.

The local paper decided to do a story on the dangers of cycling in So. Fla. Two cyclists had been killed that previous Sunday morning by two perps leaving the scene of a botched burglary. They sent a reporter and a photographer to shadow us on the Tuesday night Urban ride. The photographer got this photo of us coming off of the 17th St. Causeway.


Credit: Mike Stocker, Sun Sentinel.

We had about 25 riders, and they picked one person and fitted him with a GO Pro camera. In a most ironic twist, the next Tuesday night that same fellow was in an accident when a cab cut him off making a right turn. Had the paper came a week later they would have had the whole thing on film.

The rider suffered a pretty banged up knee and broke his helmet and his bike. He'll be OK.
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Are you guys about to hit warp speed?
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I'm thinking this isn't grandma and grandpa's first rodeo.
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That is a very cool photo.
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Your stoker's legs look like they could crush Wiggins'.
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I am not comfortable with old people who ride faster than I do,this photo is disturbing
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Are you guys about to hit warp speed?
Turns out we did break the speed limit. Hit 36.1. I thought the limit was 40, but I was taking the grandkids to the beach the other day along the same route. I showed them where "that cool picture of Grandma and Grandpa on the bike" was taken, and then I saw the speed limit sign. 35.

Next week were going to put it into the big ring (If I get the new front der installed in time) and perhaps we can get a speeding ticket! Now that would be a hoot!
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I love Grandma's shoes.

My partner and I are 52 and ride together exclusively, though not on a tandem yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

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You guys look very fit. Did they print any pics of you guys in the paper?
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You guys really look like you're giggling. Nice job!

Too bad the photog took the pic from behind you rather than in front.
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I lived in Florida for a couple of years. During which, I learned great respect for the fact that retirees have all the time in the world to "train, recover, repeat". There are some seriously fast grannies and grandpas!

Great photo of you guys having a good time on a bicycle!
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Bad news but awesome photo... Keep it up!
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You guys look very fit. Did they print any pics of you guys in the paper?
Not in the newspaper article, (although I was mis-quoted in it.) But this picture was on their web site as the icon for a video that was some other ride. When I saw the icon I contacted the reporter who had the photo forwarded to me.

Rad55, we're both wearing bike sandals. We have spd/platforms on the bike since I get a wide variety of stokers. But when my honey or my grandson ride, we use the spd sandals.
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Great Pic, Bob, you and the missus look fast as usual in it. Speaking of Grandkids, how is Ironman Cody doing these days? Still cooking along and firing on all 8 I hope.

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Originally Posted by bike56
I am not comfortable with old people who ride faster than I do,this photo is disturbing
Lol, I can relate also! Especially ones on hybrids...
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Are the stoker's bars mounted backwards? If so, is that typical for a tandem?
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Looking good. Are you're pedals out of phase on purpose? I would think that would make cornering kind of tricky.
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Originally Posted by speedwobbles
That is a very cool photo.
Cool photo indeed!
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Great picture. I was actually going to attend that ride but certain circumstances prevented me from it (major hangover). There's been a bunch of bike related accidents happening down here recently. I feel like I hear about a new one every week.
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This is just too cool!!!
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I'm thinking this isn't grandma and grandpa's first rodeo.
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That is a very cool photo.
I agree, great photo!
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Great Pic, Bob, you and the missus look fast as usual in it. Speaking of Grandkids, how is Ironman <del>Cody</del> Tyler (FIFY!) doing these days? Still cooking along and firing on all 8 I hope.

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Bill thanks so much for asking about the Iron Man (Tyler) He, thank God, is doing great! We had an awesome summer. Nana had 7 weeks off, so we had both IM Tyler and his little brother 4 days each week while Mama and Daddy worked. And we got to take both of the grandkids up to NY and MN for 3 week. Lots of biking, swimming, hiking, etc. Even Mama and got to spend a week with us.

As a result of IM Tyler's bone marrow transplant procedure, he lost 25% of his hearing, so he now wears hearing aids in both ears. Just pray that the damage has stopped.

And thanks for the compliments. We're both on a LCHF diet, and that has really helped. I'm down to my HS weight. I'm a lot quicker up hills!
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Originally Posted by coupster
Looking good. Are you're pedals out of phase on purpose? I would think that would make cornering kind of tricky.
Yes. It's known as OOP (out of phase.) 90 deg, captain leading, to be exact. It really helps when there is a big difference in power between the team members. When the pedals were in phase, my stoker's power stroke was lost in mine. They never felt as if they were contributing. OOP allows them to feel their powerstroke, and I can feel it too.

With regard to cornering, we've never had a problem.

Thanks for asking.
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