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Old 09-28-15, 08:32 PM
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Picked Up a Tandem Tonight

I bought a '95 Timberlin Millenium tonight. My wife doesn't know I bought it yet but I hope I can talk her into riding it with me. Not exactly a top of the line bike but I got it for next to nothing. It is in excellent condition. The picture is bad and it is parked in front of a couple of Trek road bikes I picked up recently. I am anxious to try it out.

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Old 09-28-15, 08:58 PM
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I have a Norwegian friend whose dad once brought home an 18-wheeler without telling his wife first. Vikings still exist. Have fun and good luck! Nice looking bike.
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Old 09-29-15, 01:32 PM
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I bought our tandem while my wife was away on a business trip. Before she left she knew I'd been looking at tandems and told me there had better not be a tandem in the garage when she returned or she'd file for divorce. Several years later we're still married and still have the bike. In fact, we rode it on a 3-day supported tour two weeks ago. Good luck with your new adventure!
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Old 09-29-15, 10:04 PM
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I would have put the bike in the house, or at a friends house, but surely not in the garage!!
Fortunately, your wife did not follow through.
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Old 09-29-15, 10:28 PM
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Don't get me wrong, my wife doesn't care how many bikes I have (double digits). I wasn't sure whether she would be my partner on a tandem. It was so cheap I couldn't pass it up.
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You are so lucky to have a spouse that likes to ride with you! Enjoy.
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Do you buy her high heel shoes too?
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Old 09-04-16, 10:09 PM
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I sold this tandem yesterday. The experiment to get my wife to ride a tandem failed. She never did try it. I rode it a total of about a block (by myself). All was not lost as I made a couple hundred on it.
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Nice score! My Wife was not keen on the idea of a tandem but now she prefers it to riding singles.
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I bought a Trek T200 for my wife's retirement this spring. We've ridden it once, but she says she wants to ride it more when it cools off. I've ridden solo quite a bit to get used to it and once with my son.


I wouldn't say there has been any magic to tandem riding yet for me. Being a new captain its more work than riding solo. Even with my son, a strong rider, as a stoker, there really isn't a significant difference in speed or efficiency. That could be because of my minimal experience, but being responsible for more than just getting myself hurt, and the stress of teamwork to shift and coast, wears me out more.


Tandem riding of course isn't for everyone, and I was hoping including my wife in the sport would be fun for her. Mostly thus far, it has made me appreciate solo riding on a single bike.
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Give it time. As you gain experience, riding as captain becomes less stressful.
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