Some of you readers who have been around a while may have noticed that there hasn’t been much mention of the tandem this spring. Well, there are a couple of reasons for that.
First, the weather has been so much nicer than normal, I’ve been getting a chance to ride and put on a lot more mileage early in the year than most years. A lot of that mileage has been at temperatures that are marginal to where Pam enjoys riding. She doesn’t like to be cold on the bike, and I don’t blame her.
Second, we don’t want to start her riding too early, because she doesn’t have the passion for it that I do. She’s a pretty darn good sport, but there are other things she would like to be doing as well. We compromise to ensure she doesn’t have an extremely long riding season.
Lastly, when it finally did get warm enough for her to enjoy it, she came down with a case of bursitis in the knees. That’s some nasty stuff, and it takes discipline and diligence to get rid of it. Pam normally has both, but it keeps creeping back.
On Saturday, however, we decided to give it a try for only the second time this year. We got up early as usual, ran three miles, then changed and started some laundry and mounted up on the big bike for our 20 mile High School loop.
Talk about a gorgeous morning for riding. Most of the time, the temperature was perfect, with only a few spots in the shade that were cold. As you can see from the pictures above, there was some fog hanging in some of the low spots, and not much of a breeze to contend with.
Having not ridden the tandem in a while, I was reminded again why that bike is so much fun. Descents are absolutely spectacular! It’s like that bike senses the down hills and surges forward in excitement on it’s own. The only real way I have of describing it is as “powerful”, much like giving a race horse it’s head and trusting it to run with all it’s might!
The other thing about the big bike is that it feels like you’re riding on roads as smooth as glass on all but the bumpiest pavement. That big steel frame smooth’s out the vast majority of road noise, and you might as well be riding on clouds.
Granted, it is a big, heavy bike, and it certainly feels so early in the season. The thing will never be considered quick, but it sure is fun to ride. We were home by 8:15, so we went to breakfast at Panera Bread!
We rode 20 miles Saturday morning with no seemingly ill effects on Pam’s knees, so I’m encouraged that we might be on that bike some more before long.
Here’s the GPS track for what it’s worth.