Tandem Biking: Fun Fitness

How many cycling enthusiasts do we have reading this post?  And how many have

Photo courtesy of Tandem Cycle Works of Colorado

ridden tandem bicycles?

For as long as I can remember, I have loved bike riding. I grew up in a small town where kids naturally took to the streets on their bikes, riding to and from their friends houses.

I started out on a rusty, second-hand bike with a yellow banana seat and went on to a second-hand girl’s bike passed down from my sister.

Probably the highlight of all my biking adventures was the day-long road trip I went on with my two brothers to  Cambridge Spring, PA where my dad’s family had a family reunion planned. By car, this trip took forty-five minutes but being inexperienced and riding uphill, it took us much longer. This was in the era when only a few cyclists had more than a three-speed. My older brother, Mike, was one of the lucky ones. He owned a sporty ten speed, so, of course, he could switch gears on the hills.  Trying to keep up with Mike was impossible. Bored with waiting, he sped ahead and left us in the dust. It was an exhausting ride for Donnie and me, and as we dragged our single-gear bikes uphill, we got lost. Fortunately, we’d left the highway and by that time, were pedaling past farmhouses not far from our destination. When we stopped to ask directions.I borrowed a phone and called my dad. “Pick us up,” I said, tears brimming my eyes. “We’re lost.” I thought he’d be mad to have to leave the gathering. But Dad always took things in stride, and when we arrived, our relatives cheered us on as if we were heroes instead of two bedraggled kids who simply couldn’t keep up!

Since my vision loss, it hasn’t been safe to ride a bike even in a town of 10,000. But yesterday I read a post on the VisionAware site, where I serve as a peer adviser. The article was about the benefits of tandem riding. This infused me with excitement! I never considered riding “a bicycle built for two.”  But because of my fellow peer adviser, Lynne Tatum’s, passion for it, I now long to get back on…well, better stated, on the back  of a bike! Click here to read Lynne’s post:

http://www.visionaware.org/blog/peer-perspectives-on-living-with-vision-loss/tandem-biking-an-integral-part-of-my-workout/12

There is also a wonderful interview with Lynne by CBS about a tandem biking event she participated in. Watch the video
here.

What about you? How do you feel about bike riding? Have you ridden a tandem bike? Share about it in the Comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Tandem Bicycling: Fun Fitness

  • September 8, 2014 at 2:44 am
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    Great idea! I have always wanted to ride a bicycle in the morning. How much more a tandem with a friends.

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:32 am
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    Manu,
    Riding in the morning would be awesome!
    I’m going to check a place not so far from my house tomorrow.
    If they haven’t stopped for the summer, I’m going to follow it up!
    Thanks for reading and come back next Sunday to read about another recreational sport!
    Amy

  • September 9, 2014 at 11:33 am
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    Hi Amy,

    When I was a boy, I rode my bike everywhere. I had a blue bananas seat bike. I remember riding wheelies on it. I haven’t been on a bike in a while. But I like the idea of a tandem bike.

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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    ha ha! Those banana seats and wheelies were all the rage back then!
    There’s a place near my house and, in season, they rent tandem bikes!
    Amy

  • May 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm
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    I have never ridden a tandem bike before but I’d love to! How does it feel and how much more different is it from riding a single?

    Inspiring post!

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