While I was out with my friends tearing up the asphalt in the towns near Cohoctah, Michigan to the tune of 49 miles in two hours and twenty minutes, my wife was prepping for her first ever ride on a tandem with my buddy Brad.
There was a club ride yesterday, where they did our Tuesday night ride in reverse before the Genesee Valley Wanderers banquet. During that banquet, I was voted in as the official El Presidente of the club… I am jumping too far forward though.
Our ride was freaking badass. Nice and easy – smooth and steady. No wind… no, literally no wind. There may be one ride a year where we have a minimal wind but we’ve had three already this year with a breeze less than three miles per hour. This is something to be celebrated and enjoyed in our neck of the woods. While we did average 21 mph, we only broke 25 once without a downhill to push us. There were some excellent (if short) climbs, a few fast descents and plenty of smiles all around… even if a few of us were tiring out toward the end of the ride. It was a perfect way to start a Sunday.
As I was finishing, my wife was heading out to try out a tandem at the club event. This was a significant event in that, if she liked it, there’s a chance we might end up with a tandem of our own… As strong as my wife is on a bike, I think the two of us would make a formidable team. The only hurdles being A) Does she like riding tandem and B) Is she willing to address me as “Oh Captain My Captain” while we are on it… Something tells me we’re going to have a tough time with the latter.
Her ride went excellently, and they even opted for the long route. According to Brad they averaged about 20 mph. I’m quite a bit stronger than Brad and they did it on a hybrid tandem (flat bar road bike). In other words, my suspicion was confirmed… my wife is a badass. We would rock a tandem.
Of course, me being me, there is no way I’m riding a bike with a flat bar. It’s a drop bar road setup or nothing. So we are going to start contemplating a tandem, at least for the time being.
Whether we end up picking one up or not, this past weekend was simply as good as they get. I so missed short sleeves and shorts!