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Buy a yellow tandem and add wheels to your nearest and dearest...

GrahamSby GrahamSMay 10th 2010
Buy a yellow tandem and add wheels to your nearest and dearest...
Like many of us with an out of control exercise habit , I have a long suffering wife/ partner who has spent many hours watching yours truly romp home to glory while she has had screaming toddlers to cope with. I ran the London marathon in the mid 80's and Maggie spent more energy than I did looking after our brood of 3 under 5yrs kiddies. Well now the children are adult, good fun and no longer need looking after ( except in the financial sump sense). A couple of years ago, I fancied joining some friends on a London-Paris sponsored cycle. To my surprise, Maggie declared she was coming but that she would need a tandem as she hadnt been on a bike properly for years. We headed off to St Johns Cycles in Bridgewater and bought a beautiful Thorn Tandem - complete with Rohloff hubs. This led to us discovering the tandem subculture that exists in the cycling community - if cyclists are a friendly bunch, tandemists are even more so!

Maggie now has her own single bike and is due to complete her 3rd London - Paris in June. However, our tandem is still a great favourite and allows us to train together despite different styles and degrees of fitness. Indeed, it is a great workout for a triathlete to blast around the country in a heavy steel tandem. When I move back to my Van Nicholas , it is like floating on air. Best of all, the tandem allows us to really enjoy each others company - hgh quality time and high quality training. What more could a man ask for...... ( high quality legs and more fast twitch fibres maybe?)
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Trevervaby member: Treverva, May 25th 2010 11:43
Awesome! So nice to hear that you can enjoy this together
 
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