Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Tandem for Christmas?

Last week we decided to sell our old tandem bicycle, so pulled it out of the garage where it's been hanging for years, dusted it off and tuned it up. We took it for a test ride to a downtown coffee shop, and found that it was more fun than we'd remembered.

Then we rode it to work.

Then we rode it a little more - a 12 mile ride we call "Walluski Loop."

You know, it got us to thinking that we'd like to ride tandem more - but with a better bike. So after some research, decided to buy a Cannondale tandem. This will be the 2009 model, which won't be available until November or December. Sounds like a good Christmas present to ourselves. Pictured below is the 2008 model. Our new biked will be white.
My husband actually suggested we do Cycle Oregon again, this time on a tandem. They aren't called "divorce bikes" for nothing. A week long ride may be pushing it.


Susie McMahon said...

I've seen a few of these bikes around - tell me Deanna; does the girl always sit at the back? I've never seen the girl in front!

Deanna Hogan said...

Hi Susie!
The back rider is called the "stoker." Because of the geometry of the bike frame, it's the smaller of the two riders that sits in the back.

The bikes come in different sizes, so the front rider can be really big/tall and the back rider can be quite petite.

They're pretty fun, but require a lot of communication between riders.


Dixie Redmond said...

Ohhhhh, I laughed out loud at the phrase "divorce bikes". I can only imagine. ;-) Do you take turns being the head person?

Jo James said...

Hiya Deanna!
Did you do Cycle Oregon last year? My aunt and uncle (FOLK SINGERS) were the entertainment at that event. They loved it!

Deanna Hogan said...

We did Cycle Oregon last year and the year before. The entertainment is always wonderful, and the atmoshere relaxed. I can shut my eyes and recall the warm afterglow following a long day's ride through beautiful Oregon, eating a big dinner, then leaning back into a lawn chair listening to folk and bluegrass music.