Sunday, November 11, 2007

Two Seats, Twenty One Gears

We just got this kick-ass ride off of craigslist as our mutual birthday present. We paid 400 for it, which is a good deal for a tandem, I think. It should be nice for dirt roads and touring. Ever since we rode one on Friday Harbor we wanted to get one but most are really expensive. We are going to get some racks and sew our own panniers for it. I have no idea where we are going to store it in our house. I'll probably have to reconfigure my office to make it fit.

I will also entertain myself on it by riding it solo on the shoreline, which will make that old trail interesting again. I'll also see if I can ride it solo from the back seat using strings to control the brakes and steering. I bet two coordinated people could pull off a rolling chinese fire drill on it: switch seats while rolling without touching the ground. I wonder how many people we could have riding on it at the same time? I am open to any suggestions on entertaining things to (try) to do on it.


  1. Tandems are fun!

    I can ride our tandem in "superman" position, steering with the front bars, stomach on the front seat, feet on the rear pedals.

    Prepare for lots of comments from bystanders when riding solo. Good luck with the hairpin out of Dry Creek! It can be tough to keep traction on the rear wheel, I've spun out when starting on wet pavement with no Stacey on the back.

  2. I saw a couple try but fail to clean the hairpin in Dry Creek on a two-seat. There are a few other turns on that trail that would be interesting as well.

    We also plan to use it for going downtown: you can drink all you want and parking is no problem.